It’s time for the Blazin’ 5 for NFL Week 9. Colin is licking his wounds after a 2-3 week dropped him to 23-17 on the year. It was his first losing week in a month, and this week he’s ready to drop a nuke on Vegas.
Don’t listen to your buddy Billy “The Tibia”. Colin’s primed for a comeback that will leave the Cubs’ saying, “Damn!”
Here are his Blazin’ 5 plays for NFL Week 9.
- Panthers (-3) at Rams – Colin hates swallowing points, but he can’t pass up Carolina giving 3 against the Rams. The L.A. offense is averaging an awful 17.1 points per game, and Carolina has averaged 34 points per game since Cam Newton returned from his concussion. Cam only has 1 Turnover since returning in Week 6. He’s 40-21-1 (66%) in his career when he commits 1 or fewer turnovers. Take the Panthers and give the 3. Cam and Carolina cover, 27-20.
2. Cowboys at Browns (+7) – This is a classic trap game for Dallas. The Cowboys head to Cleveland for a sandwich game after facing rival Philly, and before heading to Pittsburgh next week. The Browns are 0-8, but 2 of their 3 home losses have been by 5 points or less. Late word out of Cleveland is that rookie Cody Kessler will get the start for the Browns. They’re averaging 384 yards of offense in games he starts and finishes this year. If he gets knocked out, veteran Josh McCown will be ready to step in. He’s led Cleveland to 2 of their 3 highest yardage outputs this year. This game is more about the Cowboys than the Browns. This smells like a “come out flat early and survive” game for Dallas, who gets caught looking ahead. Dallas wins, but Cleveland covers the 7 at home. 28-23, Cowboys.
3. Bills (+6.5) at Seahawks – Rex Ryan getting 6.5 at Seattle is too many points for Colin to pass up. The struggling Seattle offense only has one offensive touchdown in their last 2 games, and Russell Wilson is more injured than the Seahawks are willing to admit. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 4. The Bills will run the ball, which will shorten the game and keep it close. They’re 4-0 on the year when they run it 27 or more times. The Seahawks defense has been soft on the run recently, allowing 127.5 rushing yards per game in their last two. Buffalo almost pulls the upset, but still covers the 6.5. Seattle in a close one, 21-20.
4. Colts (+7.5) at Packers – Green Bay played better against Atlanta last week, but they’re not good enough to give 7.5, even at home. The Colts and Andrew Luck have scored 120 points in the 2nd half this year, most in the AFC. Great news if you like back door covers. The Packer defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 110 or more in 4 of their last 6 games. Green Bay wins a close one, but can’t cover the 7.5. Packers, 29-26.
5. Broncos at Raiders (Pick ‘Em) – Colin likes Denver in a pick ’em against Oakland for his pick of the weekend. The Raiders are undefeated on the road (5-0), but have a losing record in the Black Hole (1-2). Despite their record, the Raider defense is atrocious. They’ve allowed over 400 yards of offense 5 times so far this season. The Broncos are 6-0 when they score 20+ points in a game this year. Denver rookie quarterback Trevor Siemian has been sneaky good. When you line up his numbers next to Cowboys phenom Dak Prescott’s, they’re almost indistinguishable. Take the Broncos in a pick ’em, 31-23.
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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 4, 2016