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Week 11 Thoughts


Every game between the Packers and Seahawks in Seattle always involves some sort of controversy.  The replacement refereed game is just one example, but this edition of Packers vs. Seahawks involved some interested decisions by actual referees that changed the course of both teams seasons.  All told, the Packers had numerous chances to put the game away, but chose not to go for it on fourth and two and failed to challenge an obvious incompletion en route to a Seahawks score.  If these Packers fail to make the playoffs, which is extremely likely, it may be Mike McCarthy’s last season at the helm for Green Bay.  After last night’s 27-24 victory for the Seahawks, they rise to 5-5 and the Packers drop to 4-5-1.

Tennessee Titans (5-4) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

The Titans embarrassed a pathetic Patriots defense last week, and the Colts defense is no better.  They also stifled Tom Brady and company at home, although Nashville seemed to be inhabited by New Englanders.  The Colts on the other hand have scored efficiently over the past four weeks, and Andrew Luck is starting to regain his form.  However, this week, he will be without two of his tight ends and the Colts are missing a safety.  That poses a problem for a team with not a lot of weapons to begin with.  If Tennessee can carry the momentum into Lucas Oil Stadium, they should be victorious.  The problem is the Titans have only beat the Colts twice since 2011.  That’s not a good trend.  Titans 21, Colts 27.

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

In a rematch of one of last year’s AFC Divisional Round games, this one shouldn’t be much of a contest.  The Jaguars are free-falling and currently don’t seem to want to address the elephant in the room behind center.  Besides last week against a non-existent Colts defense, Blake Bortles has been dreadful.  Not only does he not help them, but he actually hurts them.  For the Steelers, after a disappointing start, they’re soaring with pieces like James Conner, Antonio Brown, Vance McDonald, and JuJu Smith-Schuster all contributing.  The Steelers are dangerous, and have a reminiscent to the Falcons defense that found themselves in Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots.  This isn’t really much of a trap game and the Steelers should dismantle the Jaguars easily.  Steelers 35, Jaguars 13.

Dallas Cowboys (4-5) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-5)

The Cowboys kept their season alive by edging out the Philadelphia Eagles last week.  The Falcons on the other hand continue to show their inconsistency as they look to bounce back after looking ragged against the Browns.  The Falcons are at home this week and have weapons that can explode at any given moment.  The question is can their defense live up to the billing and put an end to the shootouts they constantly find themselves in.  Luckily for them, Dak Prescott is known to make a mistake or two on his own during the game, as Matt Ryan and company should be able to outscore the Cowboys.  Cowboys, 21, Falcons 30.

Houston Texans (6-3) vs. Washington Redskins (6-3)

Two teams who are atop their division in unconventional ways.  The Texans started out the season 0-3 and looked destined for another abysmal season, when suddenly, they strung together six consecutive victories, against not so great teams.  The Redskins have a solid defense, but no one, not even Redskins fans, truly believe this team is actually as good as their record states.  Josh Norman called out Redskins fans, for not supporting the team, although they are in first place.  This game will truly expose the pretenders and contenders.  Texans 17, Redskins 14.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-5) vs. New Orleans Saints (8-1)

When you thought things couldn’t get much worse for the Philadelphia Eagles, they have.  A demoralizing loss to the Cowboys, makes this game a must win for the lowly Super Bowl champions, but it’s not happening.  Going into the Super Dome might just actually break this team.  The Saints are cruising and should have no problem tossing the hapless Eagles right onto Bourbon Street.  Eagles 17, Saints 42.

Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1) vs. Chicago Bears (6-3)

This game will justify whether Kirk Cousins did or didn’t deserve the massive contract.  Also, it will determine if the Bears are for real.  If not for a 20 point lead blown in Week 1, a monumental collapse in South Beach, and an extra yard on a completed Hail Mary, the Bears would be undefeated.  Trubisky is rounding into form and the Bears defense is vicious.  It’s reminiscent of 2006 where the Bears defense, led by Brian Urlacher landed a spot in the Super Bowl.  Instead this time, instead of Rex Grossman at the helm, Mitchell Trubisky leads the offense charge, which is at least a modest upgrade.  The Vikings are swaying in the wind, but have unleashed a super star receiver by name of Adam Thielen.  This should be a great encounter, but the Bears are the more balanced team.  Bears 26, Vikings 23.

Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-1)

Mexico City may have actually hurt the Rams chances to win this football game.  The field conditions were so horrid, the NFL decided to move the game to Los Angeles, where Chiefs fans travel well.  

In Week 1, the Chiefs fans stormed into the StubHub Center as the Chargers “home” was a sea of red.  The Coliseum should be a little better, but, honestly, the Rams may have had more fans in Mexico City, than they have in Los Angeles, that show up.  In terms of on the field, this is game of the season.  Two high flying offenses, with dominant ball carriers.  The defenses have not been that great and one key absence may change the outcome.  Aqib Talib is out again, which doesn’t spell good for Marcus Peters, going up against his former team.  Peters has been been dreadful this season, and it doesn’t look like he’s getting any help.  However, the injury report for the Chiefs is much more dense, with key guys limited of DNP’d.  In Los Angeles, the Rams have the slight edge.  Rams 40, Chiefs 35.

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