NFL Game Picks: Week 11
Week 10 was one of the craziest week’s in recent memory. We were blessed with one of the best games of all time, one of the greatest catches ever, the last undefeated team going down and the start of football in Germany all in one week.
Week 11 has a lot to live up to, but there are plenty of big time games to be played. With that being said, here are our predictions for how things will shake out this weekend in the NFL.
Tennessee Titans (6-3) @ Green Bay Packers (4-6) (Thursday 8:15 p.m.)
The Packers are finding their way after coming off a huge 31-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Aaron Rodgers continues to have the Cowboys number, improving his overall record to 7-3.
The Titans are coming off a narrow victory over the Broncos, but in the battle of quarterbacks, Rodgers and company will keep the momentum going at home.
My Prediction: Packers 27, Titans 17
Los Angeles Rams (3-6) @ New Orleans Saints (3-7) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
It’s become uncertain whether the Rams are having a Super Bowl hangover or if they’re just that far behind in terms of playmakers. Speaking of playmakers, wide receiver Cooper Kupp will hit the injured reserve with a sprained ankle.
The Saints remain depleted with injuries, and while they’re still struggling to score points, the franchise just seems distraught.
My Prediction: Rams 23, Saints 14
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) @ Indianapolis Colts (4-5-1) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
After surrendering their first loss of the season, the Eagles will hit the field on Sunday with a vengeance.
Jeff Saturday is 1-0 as the Colts’ interim head coach, and although this is a good start, the Eagles are a team that many would not want to face right now.
The Eagles certainly won’t let another subpar team sneak a win against them, so Philadelphia is looking to punish its next opponent.
My Prediction: Eagles 34, Colts 17
Cleveland Browns (3-6) @ Buffalo Bills (6-3) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
The forecast in Buffalo on Sunday is calling for six feet of snow — yes, six feet.
Bills running back Devin Singletary scored his first two rushing touchdowns of the season last Sunday against the Vikings in arguably the best NFL game in the past decade.
Buffalo has struggled to run the ball, and with that amount of snow in the forecast, it will still be challenging. However, Josh Allen is more than capable of connecting with his two star receivers, being the difference maker in this contest.
My Prediction: Bills 21, Browns 13
Carolina Panthers (3-7) @ Baltimore Ravens (6-3) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Crazy things happen in the NFL, but this should be an easy win for the Ravens. Baltimore is coming off of a bye, and have won three games in a row.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson is having an outstanding year, and the Panthers are having anything but. The Ravens at home win big.
My Prediction: Ravens 37, Panthers 20
Washington Commanders (5-5) @ Houston Texans (1-7-1) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
The Commanders are coming off of probably the biggest win of the season, beating the undefeated Eagles to stay in the playoff race.
Washington has found a new swagger with Taylor Heinicke under center and is looking to go on a little run.
The Texans are scrappy and this could very well be a trap game, but I think Washington will find a way to win in the fourth quarter.
My Prediction: Commanders 24, Texans 23
Las Vegas Raiders (2-7) @ Denver Broncos (3-6) (Sunday 4:05 p.m.)
This might be the most boring game to watch for the rest of the entire season, but these two teams are loaded with talent and absolutely need a win to be able to make any sort of run.
The Raiders were very emotional after last week's loss and will be motivated, but with Denver at home give me the Broncos in a close one.
My Prediction: Broncos 19, Raiders 16,
Dallas Cowboys (6-3) @ Minnesota Vikings (8-1) (Sunday 4:25 p.m.)
The Vikings beat the Bills last week in one of the craziest games ever, and the Cowboys lost in absolutely heart-breaking fashion.
These are two of the top teams in the NFC, and due to the law of averages in the NFL, give me the Cowboys to bounce back and beat the Vikings, who are riding a little too high after last week's victory.
My Prediction: Cowboys 31, Vikings 23
Chicago Bears (3-7) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-6) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
At this point it’s do or die for each team or tank. Atlanta has a chance with the slow pace of the NFC South, but the Bears are out of the NFC North picture. Atlanta hosts the Bears in the ATL.
Justin Fields is one of the most electric players in the NFL at the moment. After the heartbreaking loss last week to Detroit, I think the Bears are finally finding their offense.
The Falcons have been hit or miss week in or week out. While having this game in Atlanta is a positive for the Falcons most of their recent losses the offense has struggled to score. I see this happening again this weekend.
My Prediction: Bears 25, Falcons 21
New York Jets (6-3) @ New England Patriots (5-4) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
The AFC East is arguably the best division in the AFC, and the winner of this game could either start spacing or keep it even. The Patriots host the Jets at Gillette in Foxborough.
All four AFC East teams are in playoff contention, which makes this a big game. Look for the Patriots’ defense to ball out and read Zach Wilson well.
While the Jets have looked good, the Patriots have been getting better. Zach Wilson looked all over the place over the win against Buffalo. I think the Patriots make the AFC picture even closer this weekend.
My Prediction: Patriots 23, Jets 17
San Francisco 49ers (5-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-6) ( Monday 8:15 p.m.)
The Mexico City game matches a 49ers team that has finally turned things around and a Cardinals team that keeps falling down. It’s a NFC West matchup live from Mexico City.
Slowly but surely the 49ers have started to get in a groove on both sides of the ball. Kyle Shanahan has spread the ball out all over from the run game. The Niners defense is just top tier.
With Kyler Murray potentially being out this Monday, I don't see Arizona with or without him find their scoring chances easy against a Niners defense that has just been good.
My Prediction: 49ers 28, Cardinals 17
Detroit Lions (3-6) @ New York Giants (7-2) (Sunday 1:00 p.m.)
Following a hard fought win in Chicago, the Lions will look to roar past the unsuspecting Giants as the sneaky underdog.
New York, coming off of their fifth win in six games, hope RB Saquon Barkley will have yet another stellar performance, and lead the Giants to victory.
This game will be won in the trenches, as both teams have dangerous pass rushers, so whichever team protects their quarterback better in the pocket will come out of Metlife Stadium with a win this weekend.
My Prediction: Giants 21, Lions 10
Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (3-6) (Sunday 4:25 p.m.)
Cincinnati, coming off of their bye week, expect RB Joe Mixon to pick up right where he left off in week nine, where he rushed for 153 yards and scored 4 touchdowns against the Panthers.
Pittsburgh LB T.J Watt, who made his return from injury in Pittsburgh’s defeat of New Orleans last week, will lead the Steelers to another win and create too much havoc for Bengals QB Joe Burrow, who stands behind a weak offensive line who will struggle to protect him.
My Prediction: Steelers 24, Bengals 21
Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) @ Los Angeles Chargers (5-4) (Sunday 8:20 p.m.)
Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City’s newly improved receiving core will be riding high off of their win against the Jaguars in week 9, as they head to Sofi Stadium in Los Angeles to matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, a fellow AFC West contender.
Kansas City will attempt to pull three games ahead of the Chargers in the AFC West divisional race and expose Justin Herbert’s struggling offense, who have struggled to fill the void of injured WR Keenan Allen.
My Prediction: Chiefs 35, Chargers 14
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