Colin Cowherd was off last week for Christmas and hit the ski slopes with his family. “The Herd” co-host Joy Taylor filled with her “Favorite Five.” 

He returned for second-to-last week of the NFL regular season.

“I like dogs this week,” said Cowherd after he picked three favorites for his Week 17 Blazin’ 5.

Entering Week 17, Cowherd gave his Herd Hierarchy with the Kansas City Chiefs at the top, followed by the Buccaneers and the Rams.

We track Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 picks so you can decide whether to follow or fade when betting on the NFL at PA sports betting apps.

Colin Cowherd Blazin’ 5 Week 17 NFL picks

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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts (-7)

Cowherd pick: Colts

Final score prediction: Colts 31, Raiders 23

Cowherd said:

“I hope you got a better number but I still like the Colts. They got an extra day of prep and all 9 of their wins have come by 6+ plus points. They’ve held their opponents under 20 points in 5 of the last six games. This team is rolling and can play with anyone in the league right now. Jonathan Taylor is No.1 in virtually everything and they have a great identity. Six of the Raiders’ seven losses have come by 7 or more points. I get a hotter team with Wentz and Quinten Nelson ready to go.”

Final score: Raiders 23, Colts 20

Did Cowherd win? No

Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans (-3.5)

Cowherd pick: Titans

Final score prediction: Titans 28, Dolphins 23

Cowherd said:

“One of my favorite games of the week. The Dolphins are on a short week. The Titans played Thursday. The Titans defense is No. 2 in rush defense. The Dolphins rank last in yards-per-carry. It means Tua is going to have throw and he has been held to under 200 yards passing in the last two games. I get short prep against longer prep. I love what the Titans are doing. They are getting healthier.”

Final score: Titans 34, Dolphins 3

Did Cowherd win? Yes

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Football Team (+3.5)

Cowherd pick: Washington

Final score prediction: Washington 26, Eagles 23

Cowherd said:

“I like another upset here. Washington is 6-2 this year when they have 1 turnover or fewer. Philadelphia’s defense does not turn up the heat. They are 26th in takeaways and 30th in sacks. Quarterbacks have all day to throw. Jalen Hurts can run, but if he falls behind, it’s not about passing. Miles Sanders has a broken hand. Hurts is still dealing with an ankle injury. I’m going to take Washington and the points to upset the Eagles.”

Final score: Eagles 20, Washington 16

Did Cowherd win? No

Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)

Cowherd pick: Chargers

Final score prediction: Chargers 28, Broncos 20

Cowherd said:

“I have bet for and against the Chargers more than any team in the league. I think they are going to win and cover against the Broncos. Bosa, Eckler and Mike Williams are back. These important star players matter to young star quarterbacks. The Chargers offense has 50 total TDs. Only two teams have more. Their offense has been spectacular. The Broncos have lost 3 of 4. Drew Lock isn’t healthy and he is starting. Drew Lock on the road against a desperate Charger team with a star-studded offense…”

Final score Chargers 34, Broncos 13

Did Cowherd win: Yes

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (+3.5)

Cowherd pick: Steelers

Final score prediction: Steelers 24, Browns 23

Cowherd said:

“Fascinating game, I’m going to take the Steelers plus the points. Mike Tomlin is great underdog coach. they are 14-0 against the Browns at home in the Tomlin era and the Steelers were humiliated last week. You know my rule, proud organizations who get humiliated always play well the the next week and the Steelers were made fun of the road. Ben’s last home game, I’m going to get all sorts of emotion. He is 24-2-1 against the Brows with 42 TDs and 22 INTs. T.J. Watt’s going to play and the Steelers are 7-2 when he plays at least 60% of the snaps. The Browns have lost 3 of 4 and Baker has not been good on the road this year (2-5) and he was a disaster last week.”

Final score: Steelers 26, Browns 14

Did Cowherd win? Yes

Cowherd’s Week 17 Blazin’ 5 record: 3-2

Colin Cowherd 2021 Blazin’ 5 overall record: 35-41-1

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