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Blazing Five: Colin Cowherd Gives His 5 Best NFL Bets For Week 17 (Jan. 1)

Blazin' 5: Colin Cowherd Gives His Five Best NFL Bets For Week 17


Week 16 Blazin' 5 record: 2-3

Blazin' 5 season record: 40-32-3

Dolphins at Patriots (SPREAD: NE -2.5)

“I think the Dolphins are a better team. They’re getting 2.5 half points at New England, I’m going to take Miami here even if Teddy Bridgewater plays. Bridegwater had 330 yards the last time he played in Week 6 against the Vikings. New England has lost four of five, they can’t score over 20, they’ve been absolutely awful since Week 7, and they’ve had eight games with less than 200 total yards this year— only the Texans have more. Teddy Bridgewater is competent, I still get great skill players: Gesicki, Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, quality backs, a more clever coach, and you get... Matt Patricia. I’m going to take Miami and the points to win 27-23, Dolphins.”

Colin's prediction: Dolphins 27, Patriots 23.

Colin's pick: Miami +2.5

Jets at Seahawks (SPREAD: NYJ -1.5)

 “I’m going to swallow the 1.5 points here and take the Jets, who have been a good road team— 4-3. Why are they a good road team? Because defense travels. They’re a very good road team, and have held teams to 20 points or fewer in three straight games. They’re not winning enough in those games, but since Week 4 they have been dominant; arguably the best defense in the entire league since Week 4. Quarterbacks not named Zach Wilson over the last two years have thrown for over 300 yards. The offense is competent, Zach Wilson is not. Mike White is going to play. The Seahawks are the only team who has at least one turnover in every game, and their rushing offense has disappeared. The Jets win an ugly one, they pressure Geno Smith, create a turnover or three, Jets 24, Seattle 20.”

Colin's prediction: Jets 24, Seahawks 20.

Colin's pick: New York -1.5

49ers at Raiders (SPREAD: SF -9.5)

 “I hate taking big favorites but I’m going to take the Raiders -9.5. I don’t even know how the Raiders score. Jarrett Stidham’s career completion percentage is 52%. The Niners defense is the best by a mile, they’re 11-0 when they win or tie the turnover battle and you know the Raiders are going to have some turnovers. Since Week 8 the Niners are just unbelievable in point differential, turnover differential, and their offense has scored 30+ points three times in the last month. The Raiders have lost five times this year when leading at halftime, so even when they were leading, playing well, and had a good game plan they’re capable of losing because they can’t stop anybody. Jarrett Stidham in preseason games completed 62% against scout team guys, I think he’s going to have a rough afternoon. I’m going to take the Niners, swallow the points, 28-17.”

Colin's prediction: 49ers 28, Raiders 17.

Colin's pick: San Francisco -9.5

Vikings at Packers (SPREAD: GB -3)

 “It’s a division game, it’s too close, I’m just going to take the points. I wish I got the hook at 3.5, but I’m going to take Minnesota +3. Bottom line is they’re 11-0 in one-score games and this is going to be a one-score game. Kirk Cousins is averaging almost 400 yards throwing in the last month. Green Bay had to overcome a 10-point deficit to beat Miami and we now learn that Tua had a concussion. They remain awful on third down, 2 of 14 against the Dolphins on third down, and their wins have come against the Bears, the Rams, and Dolphins when Tua had a concussion. I think Minnesota is the more balanced team, they blew them out the first time, I don’t know if Christian Watson is going to play— I’m going to take the Vikings 27-24. I’m going to take the points.”

Colin's prediction: Vikings 27, Packers 24.

Colin's pick: Minnesota +3

Bills at Bengals (SPREAD: BUF -1.5)

 “Bengals at home getting points? A team that doesn’t turn it over as much that’s getting great offensive line play? I’m going to take Cincinnati here. They’re on a heater, nine of ten, at home they’re the best offense in the league, five takeaways in the last two games, and Joe Burrow has been on fire since Week 3. This Bills team is prone to turnovers. They have 24, only the Colts have more, and Josh Allen has had five games with multiple interceptions. You’re going to have to score some points because Cincinnati always does at home. I get the better situational quarterback, homefield advantage, points, the better offensive, and a turnover-prone Buffalo Bills team. The wiseguys I think like Buffalo, but I’m going to take Cincinnati to win a really, really fun game, 28-27. Go either way but I like the team that is less prone to make a big mistake. Buffalo is Mike Tyson— they’ll knock you out but if they miss they leave themselves vulnerable.”

Colin's prediction: Bengals 28, Bills 27.

Colin's pick: Cincinnati +1.5

All spreads are provided by Fox Bet. Spreads are posted when Blazin' 5 airs Friday at 2 pm ET and are subject to change.

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