Week 11 is here and there are some huge matchups on the docket for the week. It is do or die for a few times and there are a couple others who are looking to all but cement their spot atop their respective divisions. There are also some saucy NFC games upcoming too so this should be a fun week. Here are my picks!
Last Week: 10-4
Thursday, November 16th, 8:26 e.t.
Tennessee Titans (6-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)
The first game of the week is a dandy and the best one on tap pitting two AFC teams. Both of these squads eeked out tight wins against inferior teams last week and are on a collision course at Heinz Field. The Steelers should not have much trouble winning this one, however. I expect their defense to step up and smother the Titan rushing attack making life tough on Marcus Mariota throwing the ball.
Pittsburgh 26, Tennessee 14
Sunday, November 19th, 1:00 e.t.
Kansas City Chiefs (6-3) @ New York Giants (1-8)
The Chiefs will win this game easily. The Giants have given up on this season and are too banged up to beat even the listless 49ers, let alone a quality team from the other conference.
Kansas City 39, New York 10
Arizona Cardinals (4-5) @ Houston Texans (3-6)
This is a hard one to call since both teams are bad without their starting quarterbacks. I do think that the Cardinals have a slight edge if Houston is planning on rolling out Tom Savage again. Not to mention, Arizona has spent the entire year trading losses and wins. It is time for a win on the road.
Arizona 19, Houston 14
Detroit Lions (5-4) @ Chicago Bears (3-6)
Detroit has played well against NFC North competition this year and their offense has cranked it up over the last few weeks. They did get off to a slow start against Cleveland at home but finished strong. The return of Kenny Galloday to the lineup helped. The Lions offense should carry them to the “W” over the Bears on the road.
Detroit 27, Chicago 20
Los Angeles Rams (7-2) @ Minnesota Vikings (7-2)
This is probably the best game on the schedule for the week, and the hardest one to pick. It pits two teams that could be meeting again in the playoffs also. This should feature a lot of defense, I think. Both offenses have been explosive to this point in the season but I can see both getting slowed here. I think Minnesota’s “D” is better, but the Rams have been a dominant road team. I like them to win, just barely.
Los Angeles 13, Minnesota 10 ***UPSET OF THE WEEK***
Washington Redskins (4-5) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2)
The Saints proved to everybody that they were a legitimate Super Bowl threat by going on the road and hanging 47 points on a good defense that was previously undefeated at home. They can run the ball and their offense is in control of games. That will go over well against a Washington team that has been inconsistent on defense.
New Orleans 30, Washington 24
Baltimore Ravens (4-5) @ Green Bay Packers (5-4)
This is, to me, the hardest game to pick this week. I am going to lean towards Green Bay for two reasons, however: 1) They are the home team and 2) Their offense is much, much better even with Brett Hundley at the helm. He looked pretty good in Chicago last week and I like that to continue into this game as well.
Green Bay 20, Baltimore 18
Jacksonville Jaugars (6-3) @ Cleveland Browns (0-9)
I was really tempted to pick the Browns in an upset but I just can’t because the Jaguars pass defense is very good while Cleveland’s passing attack has been abysmal (although much better last week).
Jacksonville 20, Cleveland 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) @ Miami Dolphins (4-5)
Here is another one that is hard to pick. The Buccaneers were able to win without Jameis Winston and Mike Evans last week and they should be in good shape to defeat a bad Dolphins team this week, but I think I am going to go with the ‘Phins at home. That was my original pick to win this game all the way back when it was first scheduled to be played in Week 1.
Miami 20, Tampa Bay 19
Sunday, November 19th, 4:05 e.t.
Buffalo Bills (5-4) @ Los Angeles Chargers (3-6)
Philip Rivers has been in concussion protocol for the week, but the team is optimistic that he will play on Sunday versus Buffalo who plan on tossing the offensive keys to Nathan Peterman for this game. My one question is: Why? What do they expect him to give the team over Tyrod Taylor. This is a bad move in my opinion and one that will cost them the game.
Los Angeles 23, Buffalo 16
Sunday, November 19th, 4:25 e.t.
New England Patriots (7-2) @ Oakland Raiders (4-5) (in Mexico)
The Raiders are hoping to make something out of their season and they have a tough draw with the New England Patriots. The Pats just played a high altitude game in Denver and are looking to play another one here. The defense has been holding their opponents to under 17 points per game and Tom Brady is out here doing Tom Brady things. Oakland won’t have the horses to run with the Pats here.
New England 34, Oakland 24 ***LOCK OF THE WEEK***
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6) @ Denver Broncos (3-6)
Denver’s defense has been trounced in back-to-back weeks surrendering a total of 92 points. This is a prideful unit, however, and I fully expect them to bounce back and smother an up and down Bengal offense. Andy Dalton turns the ball over 3+ times and the Broncos win this game handily.
Denver 24, Cincinnati 3
Sunday, November 19th, 8:30 e.t.
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-4)
This game is a product of bad timing for the Cowboys. Had the contest taken place two weeks ago, I probably would have picked them but now they will be missing a lot of key players going up against the most balanced team in football coming off of a BYE. The Eagles will prove to be too much to handle for Dallas, although I do like the ‘Boys to keep it close for most of it.
Philadelphia 30, Dallas 17
Monday, November 20th, 8:30 e.t.
Atlanta Falcons (5-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (6-3)
This may be the best looking Monday night game of the year and it does feature two teams looking to make playoff runs in the NFC. Year in and out, this is the time where the Seahawks make their surge and I think that begins here in a big way. I like Seattle to blow the Falcons out at home.
Seattle 37, Atlanta 13