What a bad, bad week for my picks. A lousy 6-7 record that needs to be made up for with a strong showing this week. As the playoffs loom, it’s crunch time in Week 11.
Oakland Raiders vs. Detroit Lions
Sure the Lions beat the Green Bay Packers last week, but this is a 2-7 team that has been anything but consistent this season. So, I don’t expect them to beat an Oakland team that is in desperate need of a win to bring them to .500 and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Raiders 24, Lions 21
Indianapolis Colts vs. Atlanta Falcons
This is one of the (many) weeks that I am grateful that Julio Jones is on my fantasy team. The Colts weak defense is likely to be shredded in Atlanta and Julio Jones figures to be a big part of that assault on the scoreboard.
Falcons 33, Colts 20
St.Louis Rams vs. Baltimore Ravens
I picked against the Ravens last week for good reason. I simply have little faith in their offense and defense. It’s been an abysmal year in the Charm City and with the Rams coming off of an embarrassing loss to the lowly Bears, a win over the Ravens is almost a “must”.
Rams 21, Ravens 16
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Philly looked pretty bad losing to the Miami Dolphins last week and now they have to fend off a feisty Bucs team that is plenty capable of putting up points. With Mark Sanchez behind center for the Eagles, the forecast is bleak.
Bucs 27, Eagles 20
Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears
No Peyton Manning? It used to be a big headline, one that invoked panic and fear for any team Manning was leading. But in 2015, it may be a relief because Manning has been downright dreadful. For now, Denver points to injury but it’s clear that Manning has regressed dramatically. Going up against a Bears team that is capable of sneaking out a win, it’s tough to pick Denver on the road, but fortunately they have a sound defense to lean on.
Broncos 28, Bears 17
New York Jets vs. Houston Texans
It’s hard to imagine a Jets team that looked so promising in the first few weeks of the season is a loss away from being .500. Still, Todd Bowles’ first season in the Big Apple has been nothing short of impressive. The Jets need to keep pace in the AFC Playoff race and this is a big game. But Houston is due a big win and they may sneak one out over the J-E-T-S.
Texans 23, Jets 21
Washington Redskins vs. Carolina Panthers
Something tells me this will be the shocker of the day. A healthy Washington squad can cause fits for a Panthers team that, although undefeated, may look past them. Ever hear of a “trap game”? If not, this may be a prime example.
Redskins 30, Panthers 28
Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
It seems that the question isn’t if Dallas can beat Miami but how many touchdown passes Tony Romo will throw. That will make for some great bulletin board material for the Dolphins who are a win away from being .500 and jumping back in the playoff race. But, the Dolphins have had trouble showing the grit they showed in Philly, grit that will be needed today if they want to pull off the big win.
Cowboys 24, Dolphins 23
Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Diego Chargers
The Chiefs are climbing back into the Playoff hunt, which is amazing considering how they started the season. The Chargers have been utterly disappointing, which has also been surprising. San Diego has shown little potential to turn things around and I don’t expect them to halt the Chiefs, even if they are playing at home.
Chiefs 27, Chargers 23
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Are the Packers in trouble? After a lousy showing against the terrible Lions the Packers’ recent woes are under the big spotlight. But is it just a glitch on the radar or an actual trend? A team like Minnesota is good enough to make Green Bay pay for coming out flat and they pose a major challenge for a Packers team that is in desperate need of a strong victory.
Vikings 26, Packers 23
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks are lucky the Niners are coming to town. Seattle has been anything but a playoff caliber team with the way they have been playing this season. Although San Francisco has been playing teams tough as of late, it’s unrealistic to expect Blaine Gabbert to beat a potent Seahawks defense in Seattle.
Seahawks 27, 49ers 17
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Arizona Cardinals
Carson Palmer will be extra motivated for this one and with the Bengals feeling a bit shell-shocked after suffering their first loss of the season, the Cardinals may have Cincy in the perfect position heading into this game. Expect plenty of Cardinals’ defensive plays to hit the highlight reel in what could be a blow out in the desert.
Cardinals 33, Bengals 20
Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots
Stephon Gilmore is a prime example that Rex Ryan coached teams haven’t learned that giving a team like the Patriots bulletin board material is a BAD idea. So, of course, Gilmore shot his mouth off and Tom Brady and company will pick on him, make him pay and take a BIG win at home.
Patriots 34, Bills 21