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NFL Week 11 Pick'em Predictions

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Week 11 of the NFL season is almost upon us. For some teams the season is all but over whilst for others a win in week 11 could ignite a playoff run. Let's take a look at the games and see who is likely to come out on top.

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins - DOLPHINS WIN

The season ending injury to tackle Branden Albert and Lamar Miller's injury concerns are worrying from a Dolphins perspective. However, they are at home and on a shortened week home advantage can often make all the difference.

Hopefully, it will be a close game between two evenly matched sides but home advantage should see Miami squeeze out a win.

Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers - PANTHERS WIN

As unbelievable as it is neither of these two teams are out of the running for the NFC South Championship. Like a poorly scripted cage match though, only one team is going to come out of this match alive. 

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Despite seeing the Panthers get demolished on Monday night I'm tipping them for the win here. Firstly, the Falcons are a poor team and they are worse on the road. Secondly, Carolina's biggest weakness is the offensive line but against Atlanta's anaemic group, 11 sacks all season, this shouldn't be much of a problem. Thirdly, the Panthers defensive front seven should have all sorts of fun playing against a weak Falcons offensive line.

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears - VIKINGS WIN

Sometime when a rot sets into a team it just can't be stopped. With rumors of locker room disharmony heavy in the air and the Bears playing horrifically against the Packers last Sunday the atmosphere at Soldier field could get ugly quickly. 

The Vikings defense is ranked fourth against the pass and will make things difficult for the Bears to get the ball into the hands of Marshall and Jeffrey and this should make all the difference.

Cincinnati Bengals @ New Orleans Saints - SAINTS WIN

The NFL fan in me is hoping that the Bengals will win this one. If that were to happen the AFC North would continue to be the most high quality wide open division in the NFL and the NFC South would continue to be the division that nobody wants to win.

After seeing the Bengals' complete capitulation to the Browns last Thursday though I just don't see my wish being granted. Andy Dalton looks like, well, Andy Dalton there is no way he goes to the Superdome and beats Drew Brees in his own backyard. New Orleans will win and continue their limp towards the NFC South divisional title.

Houston Texans @ Cleveland Browns - BROWNS WIN

The J.J. Watt factor makes me reticent to pick against the Texans but the Browns at home should have enough to beat Houston. The Texans run defense isn't great and Cleveland's three headed monster of West, Tate and Crowell have shown that they can be effective without Alex Mack. 

There won't be many points scored but the Browns should cement their lead at the top of the AFC North with what could be a crucial win.

Denver Broncos @ St Louis Rams - BRONCOS WIN

The Rams have pulled off a couple of shock wins this season against the 49ers and the Seahawks. It is hard to see a repeat of this against the Broncos however. Peyton Manning is going to dissect the Rams secondary with ease and the defense should not have any difficulty in shutting down new starter Shaun Hill.

The question with the more tension here is not the result but whether Brock Osweiler gets some snaps when the inevitable blowout begins.

Seattle Seahawks @ Kansas City Chiefs - SEAHAWKS WIN

It's testament to Andy Reid's coaching skills that the Chiefs are doing so well this season without ever throwing a receiving touchdown to a wide receiver. In fact Alex Smith hardly ever seems to attempt a throw of more than five or six yards. 

The Seahawks will be well aware of this. They will pack the box with as many men as possible and make sure Kansas City can't run the ball. With the Chiefs offense going nowhere fast the Seahawks will activate Marshawn Lynch's beast mode and pound the Kansas City defense hard. 

The Chiefs haven't given up a rushing touchdown all season so it could take a while for the defense to crack but eventually Wilson and Lynch will find a way through.

San Fransisco 49ers @ New York Giants - 49ERS WIN

In golf, day three of a Major is moving day. It is the time when the real contenders make their play for glory. Well, the next few weeks are moving weeks for San Fransisco. If they want to make the playoffs then they need to string some wins together.

Last week's win over the Saints was a good start of course. Almost more pleasing than the result though was that it seems that the 49ers are getting back to their roots and putting the ball into Frank Gore's hands. This should serve them well against a New York Giants defense that was hammered into the ground by Seattle and Lynch last week and now ranks as the worst in the league against the run.

As for the Giants, other than Odell Beckham, Rashad Jennings and possibly the defensive line there isn't much salvageable from this whimper of a season. They should put up a good fight at home but the 49ers will prevail to go 6-4.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Washington - WASHINGTON WIN

Tampa Bay are one of the worst teams in the NFL - they are nailed on for a top five pick in next year's draft. Washington by contrast may not even be playoff contenders but their talented offense should tear apart a Tampa Bay defense that is woeful against the pass. Expect to see RGIII throwing bombs down the field to a wide open DeSean Jackson early and often.

Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers - CHARGERS WIN

After laying an egg against the Miami Dolphins in week nine Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense could not have got a better fixture to come out of their bye week with.

I'm on record as saying that the Raiders aren't going to win a game all season and I'm not worried about my prediction failing in this game. The bye week came at a perfect time for the Chargers, injuries were starting to pile up but now everyone should be refreshed plus the likes of Jason Verrett, Ryan Mathews and Melvin Ingram should be fit to return.

The Chargers should come into this game firing on all cylinders to pick up a comfortable win. 

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals - LIONS WIN

The season ending injury to Carson Palmer won't make too much of a difference to the Cardinals. Drew Stanton has the skill set to make Bruce Arians playbook work. However, there will be some drop off and against a Lions defense that is one of the best in the league the Cardinals winning streak is going to come to an end. 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers - EAGLES WIN

As the old saying goes form is temporary class is permanent. This is going to be the game where LeSean McCoy bounces back to have a huge performance. The Eagles offensive line is getting back to full strength, the weather means that the passing game could be fraught with peril and the Packers run defense is the third worst in the league and would be the second worst had the Giants not given 350 yards to the Seahawks last week.

LeSean McCoy will power the Eagles to an impressive on the road victory.

New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts - COLTS WIN

If both teams were not almost guaranteed to win their respective divisions this would be the match up of the week. Both teams are coming off byes and both teams have great quarterbacks.

It is pretty much impossible to pick between them both - this is a real coin flip game . Home advantage should never be underestimated though. Andrew Luck will lead the Colts to a win.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans - STEELERS WIN

After seeing the Steelers contrive to lose to the Jets and Buccaneers it wouldn't be shocking to see them find a way to lose to the Titans also. Ultimately, though it is impossible to see the Titans picking up a win anytime soon. No Titans players seem to be in any kind of form though whilst Pittsburgh have Big Ben, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell. This should be an easy win for the Steelers.

Week 11 of the NFL season is almost upon us. For some teams the season is all but over whilst for others a win in week 11 could ignite a playoff run. Let's take a look at the games and see who is likely to come out on top.

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Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Arizona Cardinals
San Francisco 49ers
New Orleans Saints
Atlanta Falcons
Chicago Bears
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
New York Giants
Miami Dolphins
Kansas City Chiefs
Minnesota Vikings
Seattle Seahawks
Houston Texans
Detroit Lions
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Washington Redskins
Los Angeles Rams
Tennessee Titans
New England Patriots
Pittsburgh Steelers
San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis Colts
Philadelphia Eagles
Denver Broncos

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