Week 11 has several key matchups that could bury teams playoffs chances including the Washington Redskins who travel to the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints while the Dallas Cowboys hope to beat the current NFC East leaders in the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football and keep their playoff chances alive. However, Week 11 starts off with the Tennessee Titans traveling to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Finally, the Atlanta Falcons travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks in what should be a close game. Now that that’s done, let’s get into it!
Steelers 27, Titans 20; 8:25pm NBC/NFL Network
These two teams are coming off 4 straight wins but since the Steelers are at home, I’m taking them to win Thursday Night. Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Ben Rothlisberger will all look to have a big game against this Titans defense. The Steelers need to beware of the wheels on Mariota because he knows how to get out of the pocket and scramble. DeMarco Murray is also coming off a game in which he scored 3 TDs so look for him to get a lot of touches against this Steeler defense.
Packers 23, Ravens 20; 1:00pm CBS
Wow, Brett Hundley! Mike McCarthy finally let Hundley off his leash and let him take several deep shots against the Bears. Maybe is more capable of running this offense than I thought. The Ravens meanwhile, are coming off a bye and look to try and win at Lambeau to keep their playoff hopes alive. Flacco will need to be turnover-free in this game but I don’t see that happening.
Jaguars 31, Browns 19; 1:00pm CBS
Blake Bortles threw 2 horrible interceptions in the last minutes of the game, but luckily the defense bailed him out much like they have all season. This defense will most likely dominate against an erratic Browns offense that can’t seem to find any rhythm with Kizer at the helm. The Browns defense also has to deal with Leonard Fournette in order to force Bortles into throwing the ball 35+ times. It seems highly unlikely that the Browns get their first win against a defense as dominant as the Jags.
Dolphins 23, Bucs 19; 1:00pm FOX
This game should’ve been played in Week 1 but was rescheduled because of Hurricane Irma. Jameis Winston won’t be playing again or else I would give this game to the Bucs. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be starting again and will have a tough task facing this defense. The other quarterback, Jay Cutler, should play well against the league’s most disappointing defenses this season. The Dolphins run game should also keep Cutler from throwing from the back more than 35 times in this one so look for the Dolphins to come out victorious.
Chiefs 27, Giants 17; 1:00pm CBS
What else is there to say about the Giants at this point? They sit at 1-8 and let San Francisco win their first game of the season against them. The Giants are just very bad… The Chiefs are coming off a bye and look to obliterate the Giants especially since that defense cannot defend anything. The Chiefs defense could also have a field day against a bad offensive line and could shut down the Giants receivers in a jiffy.
Texans 23, Cardinals 20; 1:00pm FOX
This is a tough game to call especially since Drew Stanton may not play since he suffered a sprained knee. Really this game could be low-scoring regardless of who plays at QB for the Cardinals. The only reason I’d pick the Texans to win is because they’re at home and Savage seems to be settling in as the starter as each game goes on. If Stanton plays however, I’ll think that the Cardinals would win.
Vikings 27, Rams 26; 1:00pm FOX
This is the game to watch of all the other 1pm games. These two teams have exceeded beyond everyone’s expectations and now are considered playoff-caliber teams. As dynamic as the offense has been all season, defense wins championships. The Vikings defense will have a tough task ahead of them but they could very well cause Goff and the offense some problems. This will certainly go down to the wire and since the Vikings are at home, they’ll come away with a big win.
Lions 23, Bears 16; 1:00pm FOX
The only way the Lions could lose is if the Bears defense stifles the Lions offense, but I don’t see that happening. Trubisky has been ok for the Bears thus far and he still hasn’t had a breakout game yet. He’ll need to have one here against the Lions to prove all of his critics wrong. Seeing as Stafford has been playing well, it’ll be hard for Trubisky and the offense to keep up with his come Sunday.
Saints 34, Redskins 24; 1:00pm FOX
With a win here, the Saints will have won 8 straight games while also putting the Redskins’ playoff hopes to bed. The Saints are one of the hottest, if not the hottest, team in the league right now. They know how to put up points. As for the Redskins, they let Case Keenum and the Vikings put up 38 points against them and could certainly allow 30+ points to Drew Brees. The Redskins will need a miracle to pull off an upset against these Saints.
Chargers 24, Bills 22; 4:05pm FOX
This game has a new starter and the other could have a new starter by default. What I mean is that the the rookie Nathan Peterman will be starting over Tyrod Taylor who was recently benched and the Chargers may be starting Kellen Clemens since Philip Rivers is in the league’s concussion protocol. If Rivers doesn’t play, the Bills could squeeze out a victory but if he does play, the Chargers will walk away with a win. Either this will be a close game.
Patriots 31, Raiders 24; 4:25pm CBS
The Estadio Azteca! The NFL is taking on Mexico City for the 2nd year in a row and hosts what should be a high scoring affair. The Patriots are also a hot team and at the point of the season where they become nearly unbeatable. The only way the Raiders will win is if they keep Brady and the offense off the field and establishing a run game with Marshawn Lynch and Jalen Richard. All signs point towards a Patriots win since this is Tom Brady we’re talking about.
Broncos 24, Bengals 20; 4:25pm CBS
The only reason the Broncos will be winning this game is because they are at home and the defense will win it for them. Osweiler has been inconsistent and the run game has been nonexistent this season. The Bengals will need a spectacular performance from their offensive line because it has been porous this season. They can’t get a push to create holes in the run game and they simply,y struggle to block for Dalton. The “No Fly Zone” will be putting Dalton to the test.
Eagles 27, Cowboys 20; 8:30pm NBC
This is the biggest game of the Cowboys season. They are coming off a loss in which they struggled mightily to run the ball without Zeke against the Falcons and gave up 8 sacks without All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. Smith could play even though he’s still dealing with a back and groin issue, but he won’t be at 100%. The Eagles are looking to wrap up the NFC East title race with a win against Dallas. The focus will be on Jay Ajayi and Carson Wentz because these two could have big games against a Dallas defense that will be without their best defensive player in Sean Lee. But seeing as division games are always close, I’ll say the Eagles win by only a touchdown.
Seahawks 24, Falcons 23; 8:30pm ESPN
The Seahawks recently lost Richard Sherman for the season which means Julio Jones could have a big game against an injury plagued Legion of Boom. The positive thing for the Seahawks is that they have Houdini in Russell Wilson. Who could forget that one play he had against the Cardinals last week where he scrambled like crazy and somehow managed to complete his pass to Doug Baldwin? Not me. This game will be a challenge for the Falcons but don’t be surprised if they keep it close. Give me Seattle at home.