Blazin' 5: Colin Cowherd Gives His Five Best NFL Bets For Week 2 (September 19th)
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Last Week's Blazin' 5 record: 2-3
2021 Blazin' 5 record: 2-3
Saints at Panthers (SPREAD: NO -3.5)
“I’ll take Carolina +3.5 For the Panthers their second straight home game, and for the Saints their second straight road game, they’ve been living out of hotels, folks. There is a really interesting effect happening right now with Carolina – ‘The Matt Rhule Effect’. Since the start of last year with Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold, Carolina has had the fewest three-and-outs in the NFL. What? With Bridgewater and Darnold?? This is a REALLY well-coached offensive team. Fewer than Kansas City, fewer than Cleveland with that run game, fewer than Baltimore, and fewer than Tampa. They also held the Jets to 45 yards rushing and had 187 yards with McCaffrey. They run it and don’t let you run it. I’m going to take Carolina to WIN and the Saints to come back down to earth.”
Colin's prediction: Panthers 28, Saints 23.
Colin's pick: Carolina +3.5
Rams at Colts (SPREAD: LA -3.5)
“I’m going to take the Colts +3.5. You know my rule – well-coached good teams that play like crap ALWAYS bounce back. The Colts were awful last week and got pushed around the field. Jonathan Taylor has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in 5 of his last 7 games. In fact, since Week 11 last year only Derrick Henry has more yards from scrimmage than Jonathan Taylor. How do you beat the Rams? You take the ball out of Sean McVay’s hands. This offensive line that got pushed around last week will rebound this week. Also, the Colts have lost 8 straight Week 1 games, and they’ve won Week 2 in each of the last 3 seasons. Well-coached team bounces back and upsets the Rams who are on cloud nine.”
Colin's prediction: Colts 27, Rams 26.
Colin's pick: Indianapolis +3.5
49ers at Eagles (SPREAD: SF -3)
“This is an interesting game, you know I was down on Philadelphia but Philadelphia is at home for their home opener, and San Francisco is on the road for the second straight week. Mobile quarterbacks have given the Niners trouble through the years. That defensive line loves guys like Jared Goff and loves guys that go back and stand. Jalen Hurts moves around and is 1 of 5 quarterbacks in league history with 1,000+ passing yards and 200+ rushing yards in his first five career games. And I like this – the Eagles defense against the high-powered Falcons totally shut them down. Atlanta ALWAYS scores at home and couldn’t even move the chains with a veteran quarterback, star tight end, star receiver, and a good o-line. Also, Philadelphia was 3 for 3 scoring touchdowns in the red zone. What does it tell me? The line play for Philadelphia was the secret sauce last week with a mobile quarterback. The Niners have lost their best corner for the year, and it looks like Philadelphia has got a couple stars at wide receiver. UPSET, take the points, Philadelphia BEATS the Niners.”
Colin's prediction: Eagles 24, 49ers 23.
Colin's pick: Philadelphia +3
Raiders at Steelers (SPREAD: PIT -6.5)
“You know I don’t like big numbers and favorites but ‘like it?’, I LOVE IT, take the Steelers -6.5 against the Raiders. Short week for the Raiders, played on Monday night, and they gotta travel cross-country. The Steelers defense in Week 1 was relentless against an offensive line for Buffalo that is at least as good or better than the Raiders. No quarterback in the league struggles more under pressure than Derek Carr and Matt Ryan. Derek Carr under pressure last week against the Ravens was 1 for 9 with a pick. Derek and Matt, and I like both, get ugly FAST with pressure. The relentless Steelers defense will own the Raiders.”
Colin's prediction: Steelers 30, Raiders 23
Colin's pick: Pittsburgh -6.5
Cowboys at Chargers (SPREAD: LAC -3.5)
“I’m going to take the Chargers -3.5 even though the sharps like the Cowboys. Here is what I can’t get over. Yes, Dallas will probably be the ‘home’ team with 75/25 fans, and yes, Dallas has extra time, but they’ve had multiple injuries up front – Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence won’t play. In the back end of their secondary – multiple injuries. Think about this, the Cowboys didn’t even get a sack on Brady and they only got two hits on Brady. Justin Herbert against a significantly better defensive front was unbelievable on third down and had nothing but time to throw. So Justin Herbert now with more time to throw and a worse, beat-up Cowboys secondary, I like the Chargers here. Remember, they’ve won five straight games and ended last year when they got healthy on a four-game winning streak, and that’s with a coaching staff that got run out. The Cowboys are 0-17 since 2019 scoring less than 30 points. I don’t think they’re going to have the ball enough, I think the Chargers are going to control the clock and the game. I’d like it more if it was -3, but -3.5 and the hook I’ll take the Chargers to win.”
Colin's prediction: Chargers 33, Cowboys 27.
Colin's pick: Los Angeles -3.5