Friday, November 18, 2016

NFL - Week Eleven Preview

The NFL season is getting into crunch time as far as teams going for the playoffs are concerned.
Three of the bigger games this weekend include Philadelphia playing at Seattle, Green Bay at Washington in the Sunday night game and the Houston Texans facing the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City on Monday Night Football.
Both the Texans (6-3) and Raiders (7-2) are in first place in their divisions, so this game has big meaning as teams head toward the home stretch of the 2016 season.
The Redskins (5-3-1) are in the thick of the NFC wild card race while the Packers are struggling at 4-5, but are just one game back of the NFC North lead.
The Seahawks (6-2-1) have been getting it going again, including a huge road win against New England last week as the defense rose to the occasion as the game ended with a goal line stand. Philadelphia (5-4) is in last place in the strong NFC East division, but they know with a win this weekend, they could leap frog the Redskins and match the New York Giants for second place.

The other game this weekend are on tap below, with the capsule previews and followed by the predictions for the outcome.

Pittsburgh (4-5) at Cleveland (0-10) -  The Steelers have to get things going, right?

Baltimore (5-4) at Dallas (8-1) -  Will the Cowboys ever lose a game again?

Jacksonville (2-7) at Detroit (5-4) - The Lions have been playing good football . . . Jacksonville, not so much.

Tennessee (5-5) at Indianapolis (4-5) - This is a big game in the AFC South as both teams are chasing Houston.

Tampa Bay (4-5) at Kansas City (7-2) - Chiefs have won five straight games . . . The Bucs have been very erratic this year.

Buffalo (4-5) at Cincinnati (3-5-1) - The Bills have been reeling while the Bengals haven't been doing much better. Flip a coin in this one.

Chicago (2-7) at New York Giants (6-3) - The Bears have been awful while the Giants have won four in a row.

Arizona (4-4-1) at Minnesota (5-4) - The Vikings have lost four in a row and the Cardinals seem to be back on track after a terrible start.

Miami (5-4) at Los Angeles (4-5) - Rams rookie QB Jared Goff makes his debut this week against a red hot Miami Dolphins squad.

New England (7-2) at San Francisco (1-8) - The Patriots will be very angry after losing at home last week. The 49ers have lost eight straight games.

Philadelphia (5-4) at Seattle (6-2-1) - Take the Seahawks.

Green Bay (4-5) at Washington (5-3-1) - The Redskins can really knock the Packers down with a home victory in "prime time."

Houston (6-3) at Oakland (7-2) - Two first place teams going at it down in Mexico. Go figure.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Eleven  . . . . . . .    (Home teams are listed in bold; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

Carolina over New Orleans
Pittsburgh over Cleveland
Dallas over Baltimore
Detroit over Jacksonville
Indianapolis over Tennessee
Kansas City over Tampa Bay
Cincinnati over Buffalo
NY Giants over Chicago
Arizona over Minnesota
Miami over Los Angeles
NEW ENGLAND over San Francisco
Seattle over Philadelphia
Green Bay over Washington
Oakland over Houston  (in Mexico City, Mexico)

Last Week's Record:  6-8

Lock of the Week Record:  10-0

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