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As the 2020 NFL season prepares to kick off, Cowherd made predictions for how he thinks it will unfold.
Here are some of his takes:
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2020 NFL Playoff Predictions
Cowherd’s picks and Fox Bet odds
AFC Playoff predictions:
AFC East: Buffalo Bills (+115) favorite
AFC North: Baltimore Ravens (-188) favorite
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts (+110) favorite
To make playoffs:
Denver Broncos: No (-200), Yes (+162)
Cleveland Browns: No (-154), Yes (+130)
Los Angeles Chargers: No (-188), Yes (+150)
NFC playoff predictions:
NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles (+150)
NFC North: Minnesota Vikings (+160) favorite
NFC South: New Orleans Saints (-111) favorite
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers (+110) favorite
To make playoffs:
Green Bay Packers: Yes (-138), No (+115)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Yes (-225), No (+180)
Seattle Seahawks: Yes (-143), No (+115)
Ravens will go undefeated
Cowherd is calling for the first undefeated season since 1972. He says the Baltimore Ravens will go 16-0, fly through the playoffs and win the Super Bowl.
According to Cowherd, there are three “great rosters” in the NFL this year: San Francisco, Kansas City and Baltimore.
“I’ve never said this in my life, [but] Baltimore is the two scariest things in football: stacked and pissed,” he said. “Lamar Jackson is the only MVP in my lifetime where people have said the following year they think he will regress. Half the league doesn’t buy into Lamar Jackson.”
Fox Bet doesn’t have odds on whether a team will go 16-0. DraftKings offers the market for six teams. The Ravens’ odds to go 16-0 and are +2500; only the Kansas City Chiefs (+2200) are listed above them.
Eagles are the class of the NFC East
At Pro Football Focus, the Dallas Cowboys are the second-most common Super Bowl pick.
“Fun, fluff, fireworks. I don’t get it,” said Cowherd.
He then talked about the seven things that matter in the NFL and his “Core Four.”
Cowherd’s “Core Four”:
The other three that round out what matters are:
Based on these seven items, he compared the Philadelphia Eagles to the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles have the advantage in five categories. The advantage went to Dallas only for weapons and offensive line.
He compared Dallas to a house that looks great when you drive by but has major plumbing and electrical issues. He further dissed Dallas when he didn’t even include them in Colin’s Top Ten.
All that was missing was Colin breaking out in an “E-A-G-L-E-S” chant to drive home his point.
Patriots will struggle
Cowherd predicts the New England Patriots are going to be a “really bad football team.”
He pointed out that after Halloween, the Patriots only managed to muster more than 25 points once. And it was against the Bengals. They were 4-5 in their last nine games. They had eight players opt out.
Cowherd thinks it’s time for the Bears to admit they whiffed on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and move on.
In 1990, Cowherd said, he bought blue tile for his kitchen. He justified it for the next two years, buying furniture that matched, until someone visited and said, “No one puts dark blue tile on a kitchen floor.” (Here’s hoping Cowherd’s wife is in charge of the decorating). Cowherd went on to liken Trubisky to that blue tile or the knives people purchase during late nights on the Home Shopping Network.
“He (Trubisky) wasn’t special in college, and he isn’t in the NFL,” he said. “Joe Burrow, who I have been critical of, is a much better prospect. Baker Mayfield, too. Chicago, admit you whiffed. You made a mistake.”
Cowherd buries Burrow
Cowherd hasn’t greeted the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft with a warm welcome. Maybe because Joe Burrow looks effortlessly cool smoking a cigar, while Cowherd simply tweets about starting to smoke them again.
Here are some of the things Cowherd (probably) wrote in his “Burn Book,” then said about Burrow:
- The Bengals are going to get mauled this year, and Burrow is not going to look good.
- Burrow is a better story than a prospect.
Pro Football Focus projected that Burrow would pass for more yards and TDs than Baker Mayfield, and Cowherd went full-on Regina George when she spread the copies of the Burn Book around the halls.
“Uncle Colin, considered largely by America a sage, full of wisdom, is going to make my own projections,” he said.
He forecasted that Baker Mayfield and the Browns are going 9-7 and that Mayfield will throw for 3,989 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Cowherd predicted Burrow and the Bengals’ record will be 4-12, with Burrow throwing for 3,300 yards and 19 touchdowns.
In late August, Cowherd started to have a small change of heart about Burrow, who, he says, “follows me and retweets me.”
“When I poked Baker Mayfield, it bothered him. He fired back every time because he was not ready to go from the best college team to a lousy NFL team. Joe Burrow’s self-esteem is not tied to what I think of him. It’s tied to what he thinks of himself. Joe Burrow never fired back at me.”