Colin Cowherd took last week off for his Blazin’ 5 picks due to the long Thanksgiving weekend, but he’s back for Week 13 of the NFL season.
Cowherd releases his picks each Friday on his show, “The Herd.” This week’s edition was radio-only, but full video production resumes next week, in case you missed his face.
Regarding his picks for the week, we detail them below, along with others from industry experts like ESPN’s Erin Dolan and Eli Hershkovich of TheLines.com.
Last but not least, we update picks on Sunday morning with the Barstool Sports Advisors “mortal locks,” released before the 1 p.m. slate of games kicks off.
Head on over to PA sportsbooks to get on board with the picks you like the most.
Colin Cowherd’s Blazin’ 5 record
Before his hiatus, Colin Cowherd righted the ship with a 4-1 record in Week 11. He now sits at 148-149-9 (49.3%) lifetime since 2019.
- 2022: 25-23-2
- 2021: 37-43-2
- 2020: 40-41-2
- 2019: 46-42-3
Week 11 Wins:
- Las Vegas Raiders (+3) at Denver Broncos (Final Score: Raiders 22, Broncos 16)
- Dallas Cowboys (-1.5) at Minnesota Vikings (Final Score: Cowboys 40, Vikings 3)
- Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (Final Score: Bengals 37, Steelers 30)
- Los Angeles Chargers (+5) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Final Score: Chiefs 30, Chargers 27)
Week 11 Loss:
- Houston Texans (+3) vs. Washington Commanders (Final Score: Commanders 23, Texans 10)
Week 13 picks from The Herd
“Blazin’ 5 picks return. I. Love. Underdogs.”
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders (+1)
Cowherd pick: Raiders
Final score prediction: Raiders 31, Chargers 28
“I’m gonna take the Raiders at home +1. They’re coming off an overtime win. Back-to-back walk-off overtime wins, so they’re feeling themselves, and they have to win here. Their offense [is] explosive and doesn’t beat itself. [They have] only nine giveaways this year, fewest in the league.
“The Chargers, weird team. They’ve trailed by 10 or more points in seven of their 11 games. Their defense isn’t good, and it may be getting worse. They’ve allowed 150-plus rushing yards in five straight games. Longest active streak in the league, and here comes Josh Jacobs. I like the Raiders to win. I’ll take the point, 31-28.”
Final Score: Raiders 27, Chargers 20
Did Colin Cowherd Win? Yes
Miami Dolphins at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)
Cowherd pick: 49ers
Final score prediction: 49ers 28, Dolphins 24
“I like the Niners -3.5. It could be uglier. Two teams on winning streaks, the Dolphins five straight and the Niners four straight. But who have the Dolphins beaten? The Steelers, the Lions, the Bears, the Browns and the Texans. They can’t defend the tight end.
“And here comes the Niners, 4-0 since running back Christian McCaffrey was inserted into the starting lineup, the best scoring defense, the highest rate of receiving yards after the catch. [George] Kittle, Deebo [Samuel], McCaffrey. I think the Dolphins, flying cross-country, get exposed. Niners win it. They cover 28-24.”
Final Score: 49ers 33, Dolphins 17
Did Colin Cowherd Win? Yes
Tennessee Titans (+4.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Cowherd pick: Titans
Final score prediction: Titans 27, Eagles 24
“Like it? I love it! How are the Titans getting four-and-a-half?! Two run-heavy teams. The difference is the Titans have the number-three rush defense and number-one third-down defense. They’ll get Philly off the field [with the] Eagles on a short rest week.
“Eight of the 11 Titans games have been decided by one possession, and [head coach Mike] Vrabel has been great in one-possession games in his career, 25-13.
“The Eagles defense, they’ll let you run it. Ninety-nine-plus rushing yards in seven straight games. Derek Henry, maybe you’ve heard of him. I think the Titans could be the better team here. I think they win, and they cover, Titans 27-24 over Philly.”
Final Score: Eagles 35, Titans 10
Did Colin Cowherd Win? No
Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions (-1)
Cowherd pick: Lions
Final score prediction: Lions 32, Jaguars 27
“Lions -1. Line’s fluctuated back and forth. I like Detroit at home coming off extra rest. They’ve won three of four. Jared Goff, by the way, has only been sacked 17 times. That is the fewest of any starting quarterback with 10 starts. This is an elite O-line. Jamaal Williams, the running back, has 13 rushing touchdowns. Amon-Ra St. Brown is scheduled to play.
“The Jags are a young, fun team coming off a wildly emotional win. Doug Pederson’s biggest. I think they pull back, not mature enough to finish off games on the road. The Lions have been a very good home team. Detroit wins, I’ll swallow the point, 32-27.”
Final Score: Lions 40, Jaguars 14
Did Colin Cowherd Win? Yes
New York Jets (+3) at Minnesota Vikings
Cowherd pick: Jets
Final score prediction: Jets 24, Vikings 23
“You know, I really do like the Vikings even though I bet against them a lot because I think they’re overvalued on the market. Jets +3 is the side to me.
“New York’s been a good road team. Why? Because they have a great defense. Defense travels, they’re 4-1 on the road. And they’ve held four straight opponents under 200 passing yards. That’s why I like the Jets. Sauce Gardner, the great rookie corner, should slow down Justin Jefferson.
“Eight of the nine Minnesota wins have come by one possession. They simply play a lot of close games, and their offense, their running game, where’d it go? Three of the last four games, they’ve rushed for under 75 yards. I think it’s an ugly, low-scoring, close game. Three points is too many. How about a shocker? Jets win and cover 24-23.”
Final Score: Vikings 27, Jets 22
Did Colin Cowherd Win? No
Week 13 Blazin’ 5 Record: 3-2
Colin Cowherd 2022 Blazin’ 5 Overall Record: 32-26-2
NFL Week 13 Expert Picks Roundup
The Barstool Advisors’ crew of Stu Feiner, Dan ”Big Cat” Katz and Jerry “The Kid” Thornton publishes picks throughout the week on Twitter, including a slate of “mortal locks” each Sunday morning. This week, none other than Barstool President Dave Portnoy made a guest appearance in place of Jerry The Kid.
Each member has had varying success throughout the year with their mortal locks. As always, no “lock” is ever guaranteed, so be sure to bet responsibly.
Week 13 picks:
- Portnoy (Double Mortal Lock): Houston Texans (+7) vs. Cleveland Browns – Loss ; New York Giants (+1.5) vs. Washington Commanders – Win
- Feiner: New York Giants (+1.5) vs. Washington Commanders – Win
- Big Cat: Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers Over 42.5 – Win
“Dolan out winners”
ESPN’s Erin Dolan had a huge Week 12, correctly calling for the Giants +8 on Thanksgiving, along with a Jamaal Williams touchdown. She added to that on Sunday with plays of an Aaron Rodgers interception and Joe Burrow going over 275 passing yards.
On Monday night, she also said Diontae Johnson would have over 4.5 receptions, and Jonathan Taylor would go for under 106.5 total yards from scrimmage.
Of the six picks, she went 5-1, only missing out as Burrow threw for 270 yards. Her week 13 picks are as follows:
- Nick Folk over 1.5 field goals – Loss
- AJ Brown Anytime TD – Win
- New York Jets (+3) at Minnesota Vikings – Loss
- Pittsburgh Steelers (Money Line) at Atlanta Falcons – Win
- Parlay: Kansas City Chiefs (Money Line) vs. Cincinnati Bengals; Joe Burrow Over 1.5 Passing TDs, Ja’Marr Chase Anytime TD – Loss
TheLines.com’s Eli Hershkovich has a 37-24 (61%) record through the first 12 weeks of the NFL season. Hopefully, you haven’t been sleeping on him.
Hershkovich only publishes picks he personally makes. So far, he has two, though we’ll let you know Sunday morning if he’s added to that total.
- Detroit Lions (-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Win
- New York Giants vs. Washington Commanders Under 40.5. – Win
Complete NFL Week 13 spreads, best odds at PA online sportsbooks
Get the best odds for each NFL Week 13 game here: