NFL followers have a loaded slate of video games to stay up for this upcoming weekend, and on Friday, Colin Cowherd revealed his Blazin’ 5 picks for Week 1 of the 2022 season.
The host of “The Herd” selected 5 Sunday video games to spotlight, starting with the Carolina Panthers — led by newly-acquired quarterback Baker Mayfield — taking up Mayfield’s former staff, the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
His different selections embody the Detroit Lions taking up the Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, FOX), the Houston Texans dealing with the Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS), the Washington Commanders vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, FOX), and the Minnesota Vikings dealing with the Inexperienced Bay Packers (4 p.m. ET, FOX).
Blazin’ 5: Texans, Vikings spotlight Colin’s Week 1 picks
Colin Cowherd shares his first Blazin’ 5 picks of the NFL season for Week 1.
Listed below are Cowherd’s predictions, together with odds and win totals as offered by FOX Guess.
Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers
Colin’s ideas: “I like Baker Mayfield right here, at residence, in opposition to his ex-teammates. Initially, the Panthers had probably the most blown leads within the NFL final yr with 10. They had been in a number of video games. Sam Darnold made too many errors. Their protection is great — I mentioned that each one yr. That they had the third-fewest yards all yr. That is in opposition to Jacoby Brissett, lacking his beginning heart, who has a profession passer score within the low 80s and struggles to finish 60% of his throws. Carolina, back-to-back, has had drafts that I like. Cleveland is utilizing a career-average backup. Baker has a historical past of being impressed for particular person video games. I will take the Panthers and Baker, 27-23.”
Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions
Colin’s ideas: “The Lions are 3-3 of their ultimate six video games, and as soon as Jared Goff acquired comfy on the finish of the yr, he accomplished 69% of his throws, 11 TDs, and two picks. They’ve two of the most effective tackles in soccer — I really like their tackles. And the Eagles could not get to the quarterback final yr — second-fewest sacks. Detroit is an impressed soccer staff, not an ideal one, however they’re at residence as a canine. Dan Campbell, if nothing else, is a good motivator. I will take the Lions to win one of many extra entertaining video games of the weekend. Take the factors, 27-26.”
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Colin’s ideas: “I will take the Texans plus-7. Davis Mills was good final yr — you simply did not watch him play. He is a rookie and was second amongst rookies in completion share, landing passes, and passer score. And the Colts have misplaced eight-straight season openers. They’re on one other quarterback, they usually do not actually have a No. 2 receiver. I believe the Colts will win the division, however they are not dynamic offensively. They shut down Jonathan Taylor, they usually have limitations excessive in what they will do. I will take the Texans with the factors, however the Colts win narrowly.”
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders
Colin’s ideas: “I am taking the Jaguars plus-2.5, and I believe they may win outright. Initially, they spent over $300 million in free company. Groups that spend that form of cash in free company normally enhance. And so they acquired Trevor Lawrence an offensive coach. They have Ed Ingram at tight finish, Zay Jones at extensive receiver, Christian Kirk at extensive receiver, they usually’ve upgraded the offensive line. Carson Wentz — whole disarray for this franchise [Washington]. It is one other quarterback, he did not have an ideal camp, there’s controversy, and the Commanders’ protection struggled mightily in opposition to the cross final yr. I believe the Jags are one of many shock groups within the league this yr. They will not be nice, however in that division, they will be an actual risk week-to-week. I’ve them beating the Commanders, 28-20.”
Inexperienced Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Inexperienced Bay Packers
Colin’s ideas: “I do not understand how [the Vikings] are getting factors at residence. They had been in probably the most one-possession video games final yr, and that is with a number of accidents and a quarterback that did not really feel supported. Kirk Cousins was one in all two quarterbacks that had 30 touchdowns and fewer than 10 picks. Solely Aaron Rodgers final yr within the league did that. The Packers are normally nice at residence, however they had been solely a 5-4 street staff final yr, they usually have struggled by means of the years with Minnesota. Allen Lazard is damage. Christian Watson is damage. Robert Tonyan, the tight finish, is off an ACL. The Packers are beat up. They do not have a No. 1 receiver. Finally, this receiving crew is tasty, however Recreation 1 with a brand new coach, I do not know. I believe the Vikings ought to be favored. I will take them, 26-23.”
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