Colin Cowherd is back and so are his Blazin’ 5 picks for the 2022 NFL season. Before giving out his Week 18 picks last year, he said it was “the hardest year of gambling” he’s ever had. Cowherd was used to betting opening NFL lines but when COVID hit and caused players to be ruled out. he waited until Sunday morning.

“I like takin’ points. I take this stuff seriously,” said Cowherd on Friday about the start of a new year making NFL picks.

Can Cowherd bounce back? We post Colin Cowherd’s NFL picks every Friday so you can decide whether to follow or fade when betting on the NFL at PA sports betting apps. Then, on Monday we check in if Cowherd won or lost.

What is Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 record?

Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 record 2019 to present:

  • 2021: 37-43-2
  • 2020: 40-41-2
  • 2019: 42-41-3

Colin Cowherd 2023 Super Bowl prediction

Prior to Week 1, Colin Cowherd picked the Buffalo Bills to beat the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl (odds +4000).

Colin Cowherd Blazin’ 5 2022 Week 1 NFL picks

The Herd with Colin Cowherd is a sports talk radio show on Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports 1. Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 airs Fridays on The Herd at 1 p.m. EST.

Cleveland Browns vs. Carolina Panthers (-.5)

Cowherd pick: Panthers

Final score prediction: Panthers 27, Browns 23

Cowherd said:

“I like Baker Mayfield at home against his ex-teammates. The Panthers had the most blown leads in the NFL last year (10). They were in a lot of games. Their defense is excellent – third fewest yards per-play allowed. Carolina has had back-to-back drafts I like. Cleveland is using career average backup. Baker has a history of being inspired for individual games.”

Final score: Browns 26, Panthers 24

Did Colin Cowherd win? No

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions (+4)

Cowherd pick: Lions +4

Final score prediction: Lions 27, Eagles 26

Cowherd said:

“Detroit +4 and you may be able to get +4.5. The Lions were 3-3 their final 6 games. Once Jared Goff got comfortable at the end of the year he completed 69% of his throws, 11 TDs and two picks. He was very good in his final five starts. They have two of the best tackles in football. The Eagles could not get to the quarterback last year and had the second fewest sacks. Detroit is an inspired football team. I’m going to take the Lions to win one of the more entertaining games of the weekend.”

Final score: Eagles 38, Lions 35

Did Colin Cowherd win? Yes

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans (+7)

Cowherd pick: Texans

Final score prediction: Colts 24, Texans 23

Cowherd said:

“I know you think I’m nuts. I’m going to take the Texans. I like the number more at +7.5. Davis Mills was good last year. You just didn’t watch him play. He was a rookie. He was second among rookies for completion percentage, pass TDs, and passer rating. The Colts have lost 8 straight season openers. The Colts are on to another quarterback with Matt Ryan. They don’t really have a No. 2 receiver. I think the Colts will win the division but they are not dynamic offensively. Shut down Jonathan Taylor and there are limitations over the top on what they can do. Davis Mills is young and ascending. Matt Ryan is 35 and last year he really looked old. Too many points to lay in an in-division game.”

Final score: Colts 20, Texans 20

Did Colin Cowherd win? Yes

Jacksonville Jaguars (+2.5) vs. Washington Commanders

Cowherd pick: Jaguars

Final score prediction: Jaguars 28. Commanders 20

Cowherd said:

“Like it, I love it. Jaguars +2.5. I think they are going to win outright. They spent over  $300 million in free agency. Teams that spend that much usually improve. They got Trevor Lawrence, an offensive coach, Evan Engram at tight end, Zay Jones and Christian Kirk at wide receiver, and they have upgraded the offensive line. Carson Wentz, total disarray, for this franchise. It’s another quarterback, he didn’t have a great camp. A few months ago Alex Smith said ‘you can’t concentrate on football with this organization.’ The Commanders defense last year struggled against the pass. I think the Jags are one of the surprise teams in the league this year. They won’t be great but in that division, they will be a real threat week-to-week.”

Final score: Commanders 28, Jaguars 22

Did Colin Cowherd win? No

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings (+1.5)

Cowherd pick: Vikings

Final score prediction: Vikings 26, Packers 23

Cowherd said:

“I’ve been on this one for six months, Vikings +1.5. I don’t know how they are getting points at home. They were in the most 1-possession games last year and that is with a lot of injuries and quarterback who didn’t feel supported. Kurt Cousins was one of two quarterbacks who had 30 TDs and less than 10 picks. Only Aaron Rodgers was the other quarterback who did that. The Packers are usually great at home but they were a 5-4 road team last year. They struggled through the years with Minnesota. Allen Lazard, Christian Watson, and Robert Tonyan are hurt. The Packers are beat up and don’t have a No. 1 receiver. I think the Vikings should be favored.”

Final score: Vikings 23, Packers 7

Did Colin Cowherd win? Yes

Week 1 Blazin’ 5 record: 3-2

Colin Cowherd 2022 Blazin’ 5 overall record: 3-2

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