Pick ‘Em Week 11

By: Will Martin Email
By: Will Martin Email

It looks like things might finally be turning around for me! After a solid 10-4 week last week that saw the Texans win at Chicago on Sunday night, the Ravens demolish the Raiders, and even the Cowboys pull out a solid road win, I’ve got some momentum. And we can’t forget the most exciting game of the week: Texas A&M beating #1 Alabama on the road in Tuscaloosa! It was a fantastic week of football all around and I’m ready to keep it rolling.

Byes: Vikings, Giants, Seahawks, Titans

Dolphins at Bills (-2.5) – After getting absolutely dismantled by the Titans last week, the Dolphins look to bounce back on the road in chilly Buffalo. Will they? I don’t think so. Buffalo hung with the Patriots last week and I think they clamp down and take care of business.

Eagles (+3.5) at Redskins – I don’t think either of these teams is very good and my hate for Robert Griffin III runs deep so I’ll take the points and the Eagles on the road.

Packers (-3.5) at Lions – The Packers are a fast team outdoors and an even faster team indoors. I don’t think that the underperforming Lions can keep up with them on the field or on the scoreboard.

Cardinals at Falcons (-9.5) – The Cardinals have a great run defense but I think that the Falcons will rebound from their loss in New Orleans last week and attack through the air. Matt Ryan and the Falcons running a high-powered aerial passing attack? Crazy, I know.

Buccaneers (-1.5) at Panthers – The Buccaneers squeaked out a win at home against the Panthers in Week 1 and have only gotten better. Cam Newton is exciting but the Buccaneers are a more complete team. I like them to cover.

Browns (+8) at Cowboys – The Cowboys looked great in their win last week against the Eagles I expect a big drop-off this week in typical Cowboy fashion. I think there is a good chance that Romo and the league’s most inconsistent team lay a dud against the lowly Browns this week.

Jets at Rams (-3.5) – With all of the Tebow-talk and Rex Ryan controversy, the Jets have more problems than just the Rams this week. It is true that every team in the NFL has incredible athletes, so what separates good teams from bad teams? Coaching. And I’m not sure Rex Ryan still has complete control of the Jets.
Jaguars (+15) at Texans – If the Texans don’t look ahead to Thanksgiving Day against the Lions and leave the starters in the whole game, they should win by about 35 points. I don’t think that they will dominate like they should and can see the Jaguars covering with some garbage time scores.

Bengals at Chiefs (+3.5) – The Chiefs only win so far this season came on a last-second field goal. Interestingly (if not a little depressing) that’s also the only time the Chiefs have led any part of a game so far. But I think that changes this week and the Chiefs get win number 2 against the struggling Bengals.
Saints (-4.5) at Raiders – All of a sudden the Saints are fighting for a possible playoff berth. Even though they don’t play defense, New Orleans puts up a ton of points and can keep it close with anyone. These are two teams moving in opposite directions and I like the Saints.

Colts (+9) at Patriots – Can the young, upstart Colts hang with Big Bad Belichick’s Patriots? I think they can. Nine is a lot of points to be giving a feisty team that fights hard in every game.
Chargers at Broncos (-7.5) – I really like the Broncos in this one for a number of reasons, the main one being that the Chargers just aren’t good. Altitude + Peyton Manning against a bad defense = Broncos win.

Ravens at Steelers (+3.5) – My gut is telling me Steelers even if Roethlisberger doesn’t play. The Ravens have looked bad too many times for one good performance to make up for everything. Plus, this is a rivalry game and will most definitely be close.
Bears at 49ers (-4.5) – Two great defenses going head to head here but because of the Bears poor offensive line, I think that the 49ers will be able to move the ball a lot more consistently than the Bears will.

Last Week: 10-4
Season: 60-83-2

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