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LOOKING AT WEEK 11 IN THE NFL
by Trace Armstrong on November 17, 2011 a 9:16 AM

Well Week 10 certainly was interesting. No one gained much ground yet upsets and questionable play calls littered this week’s games. I went a putrid 8-8 this week bringing me up overall to 95-51.

Let’s look at what we learned in Week 10.

The Chargers stink and Carson Palmer and the Raiders found their rhythm. I was impressed with the Raiders as a whole last Thursday and became thoroughly baffled by how mistake-laden the Chargers were. Every year the Chargers “turn it on” in December but how they are playing currently makes me think twice about picking them against anybody.

Congratulations Indy, you will go 0-16. Against one of the worst starting QBs in the NFL your defense allowed 17 points. This is totally inexcusable on both the team’s and coach’s part.

I have to hand it to New Orleans, just when doubt starts to leak into my consciousness concerning your defense; you have a great game and pull out a win in the Georgia Dome. I won’t doubt you again.

Houston had a great game and the Bucs are drowning. The problem is Matty S. is now done for the year. From here out, the Texans will have our ole friend Matt Leinhart at QB. Matty L. was a great quarterback for USC but has never had the full opportunity or ability to showcase what he can do in the NFL. I’m willing to give him a shot but that sound you might have just heard is Houston’s “playoff hopes” going down the toilet.

Pittsburgh was able to grind out a solid win against a Bengals team that played hard but was not quite ready for primetime. I felt the play calling on the Bungles’ part was a little too conservative as well. That probably cost them the victory because nobody can grind out a win like the Steelers.

Wow, I do not know what to make of Tennessee. One week they look amazing, the next they get blown out by Houston, and this week Chris Johnson remembered how to run. Who knew? Panthers’ defense is still atrocious.

So the word on the streets is that Vick broke two of his ribs and that’s this week’s blame on why the Eagles lost. Whatever. On another note, Skelton looks better than Kolb.

Please explain to me why God loves Tim Tebow more than the rest of us. I mean seriously, Tebow went 2-8 and one of those passes was a 60 yard touchdown. Please explain to me how he keeps winning despite having the worst stats in the NFL? His QB rating for this past weekend was 102.6. It’s not possible on only two completed passes in a game!!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Apparently other teams can circle the wagons better than the Buffalo Bills. Hate to say it, but Cowgurlz have a chance for the wild card and the NFC East. *kicks the dirt*

Rams – Browns? Yeah, I don’t want to talk about it either.

Washington? Still bad? Same problems still there? Yep? Moving on.

Who comes out flatter than the Ravens after a big win? If the Ravens play the Steelers in the playoffs, whoever plays them after that game is lucky because there is no way they can sustain that energy two weeks in a row. Oh by the way, the Ravens only handed off to Ray Rice 5 times the entire game? WHO THE HECK IS RUNNING THIS OFFENSE? YOU ONLY GAVE YOUR BEST PLAYER FIVE TOUCHES ON OFFENSE!!!!!!?????

The 49ers yet again proved me wrong and figured out a way to hold off the Giants without a great running game. The Giants defense effectively shut down the running game and in response Alex Smith had a great passing day en route to the win. Let me say that again. Alex Smith had a great passing day en route to a win. Did anyone ever see this coming?

Thank you Chicago for proving me right that Detroit is the best mediocre team in the NFL now and Da Bears are on the cusp of the great teams. Detroit is able to get up some weeks and others their talent level falls flat. The Bears have momentum and are now my frontrunners for the 5th seed in the NFC side of the playoff bracket.

Hey New England! Where did your defense come from that hasn’t been there all season? Mark Sanchez is still the Jets QB? Oh that’s why.

Are the Packers going to have to play any tough games this year? They have beaten New Orleans, Carolina, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, St. Louis, Minnesota twice, and San Diego. Other than the Saints and Bears, I would argue the rest of those teams are average to awful. Coming up they have Tampa Bay, a tepid Detroit team twice, New York Giants, Oakland, KC, and Chicago. The Packers were handed the easiest schedule in the NFL compared to their talent level. They will basically waltz into the playoffs untested. Stuff like that makes me angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry Roger Goodell.

Now let’s look ahead to Week 11.

New York Jets @ Denver Broncos

There is no way Tebow’s luck holds up against an angry, just beaten Jets defense, even if it is a quick turnaround.

Winner: New York Jets by 17.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cleveland Browns

Vegas has this game as a “pick ‘em” to practically beg you to take either team because both are awful. There is no upside to picking either team. I wouldn’t be surprised if either team won and I actually think a 0-0 tie after OT is most probable, but they won’t let me pick that.

Winner: Cleveland Browns by 1.

Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions

This is yet another game I’m not crazy about. Detroit should win this because they should be able to tee off on that terrible secondary.

Winner: Detroit by 5.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Green Bay Packers

Yet another easy coast job for the Packers.

Winner: Green Bay by 14.

Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins

The Bills have looked like garbage the last two weeks and the Dolphins are at least trying to win. Now that the “Suck for Luck” campaign is destined to be won by Indy, the Dolphins are fighting for respect.

Winner: Miami by 3.

Oakland Raiders @ Minnesota Vikings

The Raiders are climbing back up. Ponder is playing well and so is AP as usual. The question is can the Raiders shut down the Vikings running game? If so, they win.

Winner: Oakland by 1 in a tight one.

Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

The Redskins offense does nothing well. Shanahan keeps playing hot potato as to who is going to be the main running back week to week leading to one good week, and a poor showing the next week. By next week, Jeff George will be the quarterback.

Winner: Dallas Cowboys by 10.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens

So far the Ravens haven’t lost two in a row. Probably won’t happen here either though the Ravens have two tough back to back games against the Bengals and 49ers.

Winner: Baltimore by 3.

Seattle Seahawks @ St. Louis Rams

I hate this matchup. St. Louis has looked terrible but Seattle just hit an upset special against the Ravens. I have no idea what to do. My thoughts are the Sea Chickens can stop the run. If you stop Stephen Jackson, the Rams will do nothing on offense.

Winner: Seattle by 7.

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

49ers are playing consistently great football.

Winner: San Francisco by 3.

Tennessee Titans @ Atlanta Falcons

Can the Titans string another win together two weeks in a row? If I’m Tennessee, I’m fired up to win this game. With a questionable QB about to start for Houston, the door is open for the Titans to swoop in and claim the division. They probably won’t but I can only hope.

Winner: Tennessee by 3.

San Diego Chargers @ Chicago Bears

The Chargers have no spark (you see what I did there) and won’t get one against the suddenly very good Bears.

Winner: Chicago by 14.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants

The Giants are playing well and Vince Young may start for Philly.

Winner: New York Giants by 14.

Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots

Why waste our time?

Winner: New England by 14.

Games of the Week: Cincy @ Baltimore, Oakland @ Miami, and Philly @ New York.



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