NFL Week 11 Game Previews and Predictions

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NFL Week 11 Game Previews and Predictions

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NFL Week 11 Game Previews and Predictions

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Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills

With the snowfall expected in Buffalo, the “home” game for the Bills has been moved to Ford Field in Detroit. The Browns will need Nick Chubb to get going for their offense to have a chance. Chubb is coming off a quiet game against the Miami Dolphins, who held him to 63 yards on 11 attempts. Still, Chubb has rushed for a total of 904 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. The Bills run defense is one of the better units in the league, allowing only 109.6 rush yards per game on average. Except in their last three games, they have allowed over 140 yards in each. 

The Bills will need Josh Allen to get back on track to how he started the season. In the last three games, he has thrown two interceptions in each. Even dealing with the UCL injury, Allen still threw for 330 yards and a touchdown. The Browns defense did not fare well against Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins, allowing 285 yards and three touchdowns through the air. They couldn’t force the Dolphins to punt once in this game. Myles Garrett is typically a game wrecker on defense, yet couldn’t get a sack last week. Keeping him away from Allen will be crucial for the Bills.

The Browns seem to be sputtering, while the Bills still are in position to reach their aspirations. It seems very unlikely that Allen won’t find a way to turn things around, and he will put pressure on the Browns through the air and ground. Expect the Bills to get back on track this week and break the two game losing streak. — Marissa Myers

 

New York Jets @ New England Patriots

In an AFC East rivalry matchup, the New England Patriots will be hosting the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro on Sunday afternoon. These teams will meet for the second time this season coming off their bye weeks. The Patriots walked away winners back in week eight with a 22-17 decision in a game marred with inconsistency on both sides. With every team in the AFC East currently in a playoff position, a win would go a long way for both teams in their last matchup of the season. The Jets would benefit the most with a win, with the chance to snap a 13-game losing streak to the Patriots and potentially propel themselves to first in the entire AFC with a Chiefs loss. 

The first game played back in week eight was a huge win for the Patriots and massive letdown for the Jets. The Patriots walked away winners after being vastly outplayed in the first half of the game. A roughing the passer call against John Franklin-Myers rendered a CJ Mosley pick-six null and void to end the half, and an epic collapse from Zach Wilson all but lost the Jets this game. An outstanding game from the defense and Garrett Wilson was marred by the blown lead. However, the Jets used this loss as motivation to pull off a stunning upset of the Buffalo Bills and cement their status as a potential playoff team. The Patriots followed up their win by beating the Indianapolis Colts and ending Frank Reich’s job as a head coach in the NFL. Both teams come into this game fired up with a crucial divisional win on the line in the middle of the season. This game will feature two of the NFL’s top defenses and the battle will not disappoint. — Tyler Paluzzi

 

Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons

Justin Fields has given a few awesome performances in a row but the Bears just can’t seem to find a way to win the game. Now facing a middle tier Falcons squad, maybe they can get over the hump.

The Falcons bring an interesting look to the field as their quarterback Marcus Mariota isn’t really a great passer but has the ability to beat you when needed. He can also break your defense down with his legs. This will challenge the Bears poor defense and should allow Atlanta some edge here. I like what Fields has shown and his growth but give me the Falcons to win this matchup. — Matt Levine

 

Los Angeles Rams @ New Orleans Saints

The Rams and Saints couldn’t envision the state of this game being so sour. Neither team sits above .500, and with a plethora of injuries, playoff hopes are beginning to feel like a pipe dream. The Rams only efficient source of offense has been Cooper Kupp, who’s now out for at least four weeks. I don’t like the Saints offense, especially against a solid Rams defense, but the one-two punch of Chris Olave and Alvin Kamara should be enough to squeak out a middling victory at home. The over/under is set at just 38.5 points, and I’m expecting some sort of 20-13 game.over/under is set at 38.5, and I’m anticipating a score around 20-13. — Aidan Maher

 

Carolina Panthers @ Baltimore Ravens

On paper, this game looks lopsided. But in the NFL, any given sunday right?

Carolina has no business winning this game and that could be a reason why they do. Baker Mayfield will start for the Panthers and he is very familiar with the Ravens from his time in Cleveland. This could create some fun moments in this matchup as the two sides know each other well. Yet, Baltimore is at home and is the better team so it’s hard to pick against them. Give me Baltimore to win but this game may be closer than people think. — Matt Levine

 

Washington Commanders @ Houston Texans

The Washington Commanders have done it! On Monday night, the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles fell at the hands of Taylor Heinicke and his squad. It will be a quick turnaround, as they travel to Houston to meet the Texans. The Texans may sit at 1-7-1 this season, but they have played every loss close to a lot of good teams. The Commander’s divisional rival New York Giants learned that last week as they squeaked away with a 24-16 win. The Commanders are on the cusp of a playoff spot, and a win this week would most likely propel them into position. This would cause an interesting scenario, as all four teams in the NFC East would have a playoff spot, putting all eight teams in the NFL that are in the NFC and AFC East would have a playoff position. 

The Commanders are still sorting through their quarterback situation. With Carson Wentz returning and Taylor Heinicke still at the helm, head coach Ron Rivera has stated that he has not come to a final decision about who will be the starter for the rest of the season. This team is starting to play to their preseason potential, with young weapons on offense and a defense loaded with talent. The Texans will be without standout rookie cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., so Taylor Heinicke will look to find Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin through the air for the Commanders. Davis Mills will have Brandin Cooks this week after he did not practice on Wednesday, and that connection will need to have their best game together to topple the streaking Commanders. — Tyler Paluzzi

 

Detroit Lions @ New York Giants

The Lions are 3-6, and the Giants are 7-2. However, many would argue these two teams are closer than record suggest. Detroit has won two straight, and they’ve been competitive in nearly every game this season. Meanwhile, the jury is still out on New York due to a lack of talent and a small dip in play as of late. The Lions have been awful against the run, which hurts as running back Saquon Barkley is the Giants best playmaker. Last week, Houston couldn’t stop the run, so New York gave Barkley 35 carries. Regardless, that’s tough to repeat on back-to-back weeks, and in a coin flip of a game, I’m siding with Detroit. —Aidan Maher

 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Indianapolis Colts

The Philadelphia Eagles finally suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Washington Commanders, leaving the NFL without an undefeated team. They will look to bounce back in Indianapolis on Sunday against a Colts team that is riding high. Jeff Saturday came into last weekend with no coaching experience at the NFL or collegiate level, but walked out of it with a 1-0 record as an NFL head coach. This game will feature a proven squad pitted against one that is just starting out. It will be an interesting matchup at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Eagles have dominated all year. Their high-flying offense has been powered through Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, and Devonta Smith. The pass game was severely limited last week and it showed in the final result. Their defense struggled against running backs Brian Robinson Jr and Antonio Gibson, leading way to the loss. This bodes well for Jeff Saturday (call him Jeff Sunday now) and his Colts team. Jonathan Taylor is one of the best running backs in the league and the Colts will ride him against a weakened Eagles run defense. That will leave it up to the Colts’ secondary to limit the damage done by Jalen Hurts and his gang of receivers. If Taylor has a big day and the pass defense does not make many mistakes, Saturday and the Colts could walk away 2-0 under this new regime. Otherwise, it will be a long day as Brown and Smith rack up yards all game. — Tyler Paluzzi

 

Dallas Cowboys @ Minnesota Vikings

Fresh off a huge victory over the Buffalo Bills, the Vikings head home for a matchup with the Cowboys. Minnesota has been one of the better teams this season and now face the challenge of the Dallas defense. This should be a fun matchup as the Vikings can put up points with the best of them while Dallas has been known to clamp down on offenses.

The x-factor here is Kirk Cousins. Can he make sure that he doesn’t turn the ball over too much? If he can, Minnesota should win. If not, Dallas will likely grab a road victory. I think he has another good game and the Vikings get another win on the season. — Matt Levine

 

Las Vegas Raiders @ Denver Broncos

The Raiders have won five straight in this divisional matchup, but putting belief in Las Vegas is a tough task. They’ve been one of the NFL’s most disappointing teams, currently sitting at 2-7 with lots of tension and jobs on the line. However, not much is better in Denver. They’re 3-6, and just like the Raiders, this team that was a playoff hopeful just two months ago has quickly fallen out of the playoff race. Really can’t put much faith into either team, but led by a motivated Derek Carr, I’ll take the Raiders to get the season sweep. — Aidan Maher

 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers

These two teams meet again after their Week One matchup that saw the Steelers secure a 23-20 victory. A lot has changed since then, though. Pittsburgh got their star T.J. Watt back last week and in doing so, beat the New Orleans Saints 20-10. The return of Watt before this game is a talking point as he caused problems for the Bengals with a sack, three tackles for a loss, two pass deflections, and an interception. On offense, it is now Kenny Pickett at quarterback, not Mitch Trubisky, and Pickett has had his fair share of rookie growing pains with two touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. The Bengals won’t have Chidobe Awuzie in the secondary, but there is still Vonn Bell to capitalize on any errors Pickett makes, as he has four interceptions. 

This is also now a Bengals’ offense that has found its groove and are coming off their bye week. In Week One, it was the first game setting Joe Burrow had played in since his appendectomy, and the first game the new offensive line had played in together as well. The Steelers secondary won’t have to face Ja’Marr Chase, but Burrow has done well with getting Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, Hayden Hurst, and even Joe Mixon more involved. The Steelers secondary is allowing an average of 263.9 yards through the air, so if they can’t get to Burrow to sack him, it could spell trouble.

As long as the offensive line continues to play as they did before the bye week, the Bengals’ offense should be able to overwhelm the Steelers defense to secure the win. — Marissa Myers

 

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers 

The Chiefs and Chargers face each other again for another primetime game this season. The Chargers are going to need their secondary to step up and play one of their best games of the year to stop Patrick Mahomes. On the season, Mahomes has scored 25 touchdowns while passing for 2,936 yards, 235 of those yards and two touchdowns came against the Chargers in Week Three. The Chargers will also now have to account for Kadarius Toney who is starting to emerge in this Chiefs’ offense after being traded, seeing 90 scrimmage yards last week and a touchdown. 

It will be up to Justin Herbert to once again keep up with Mahomes. The passing attack for the Chargers though has struggled as of late. In the last four games, he hasn’t averaged over six yards per attempt and has thrown only four touchdowns. If the Chargers want to beat the Chiefs, they need to open the downfield passing attack, and it may help that they could be getting Keenan Allen and Mike Williams back. Having both back would be essential against this Chiefs secondary, allowing 2,236 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

At the moment, the Chiefs just have the more prolific offense to outscore the Chargers and continue to solidify their lead in the AFC West. — Marissa Myers

 

San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals

The 49ers hit the road and travel to Arizona where they’ll take on the Cardinals in a divisional matchup. It still remains to be seen if Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will play in this game but his backup Colt McCoy looked the part last week. He lead his team to a victory over the Los Angeles Rams and seemed to control the offense well. 

San Francisco is a different challenge for the Cardinals however as they can just run the ball down your throat. The 49ers also have one of the better defenses in the league which will make for a tough task for the Cardinals. Even with this game being at home for Arizona, give me the 49ers to prevail. They are the better team and should come out with the win. — Matt Levine

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