NFL fans have a packed list of games to look forward to this coming weekend, and on Friday, Colin Bouvier revealed their Blazin ‘5 picks for Week 1 of the 2022 season.
The host of “The Herd” picked five Sunday games to highlight, starting with the Carolina Panthers — led by newly acquired quarterback Baker Mayfield — taking on Mayfield’s former team the Cleveland Browns (13 h HE, CBS).
His other picks include the Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1 p.m. ET, FOX), Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Washington Commanders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET, CBS). ET, FOX), and the Minnesota Vikings face the Green Bay Packers (4 p.m. ET, FOX).
Blazin ‘5: Texans and Vikings highlight Colin’s Week 1 picks
Colin Cowherd shares his top Blazin ‘5 picks of the NFL season for Week 1.
Here are Cowherd’s predictions, along with odds and win totals as presented by FOX Bet.
Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers
Colin’s thoughts: “I like Baker Mayfield here at home against his ex-teammates. First of all, the Panthers had the biggest lead in the NFL last year with 10. They were in a lot of games. Sam Darnold made too many mistakes Their defense is great – I’ve said it all year They’ve had the third fewest yards all year It’s against Jacoby Brissett, missing his starting center, who has a career passer rating in the 80s and struggles to complete 60% of his shots Carolina, back to back, has had drafts that I like Cleveland uses a career average backup Baker has a story inspiration for individual games. I’ll take the Panthers and Baker, 27-23.”
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions
Colin’s thoughts: “The Lions are 3-3 in their last six games, and once Jared Goff got comfortable at the end of the year, he made 69% of his shots, 11 touchdowns and two picks. They have two of the best tackles in football – I love their tackles. And the Eagles couldn’t get to quarterback last year – second-fewest sacks. Detroit is an inspired football team. “Not great, but they’re home like a dog. Dan Campbell, if nothing else, is a great motivator. I’m going to lead the Lions to win one of the most entertaining games of the weekend.” Take the points, 27-26.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans
Colin’s thoughts“I’ll take the Texans plus-7. Davis Mills was good last year – you just didn’t watch him play. He’s a rookie and he was second among rookies in completion percentage, touchdown passes and passer rating. And the Colts have lost the first eight straight. They’re on another quarterback and they don’t really have a No. 2 receiver. I think the Colts will win the division, but “They’re not dynamic offensively. They stopped Jonathan Taylor, and they have limits on what they can do. I’ll take the Texans with the points, but the Colts are narrowly winning.”
Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders
Colin’s thoughts“I take the Jaguars plus-2.5, and I think they’re going to win outright. First of all, they’ve spent over $300 million on free agency. Teams that spend that kind of money on free agency generally improve. And they’ve had Trevor Lawrence, an offensive coach. They’ve got Ed Ingram at tight end, Zay Jones at wide receiver, Christian Kirk at wide receiver, and they’ve improved the offensive line. Carson Wentz – disarray total for this franchise [Washington]. He’s another quarterback, he hasn’t had a big side, there’s controversy, and the Commanders defense struggled mightily with the pass last year. I think the Jags are one of the surprise teams in the league this year. They won’t be great, but in this division they’ll be a real threat week after week. I beat them the commanders, 28-20.”
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay Packers
Colin’s thoughts: “I do not know how [the Vikings] earn points at home. They played in the most one-possession games last year, and that was with a lot of injuries and a quarterback who didn’t feel supported. Kirk Cousins was one of two quarterbacks to have 30 touchdowns and fewer than 10 picks. Only Aaron Rodgers last year in the league did. The Packers are generally great at home, but they were just a 5-4 road team last year, and they’ve struggled over the years with Minnesota. Allen Lazard is injured. Christian Watson is injured. Robert Tonyan, the tight end, is out of an ACL. The Packers are beaten. They don’t have a No. 1 receiver. Eventually, this home team is tasty, but Game 1 with a new coach, I don’t know. I think the Vikings should be favored. I’ll take them, 26-23.”
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