NFL WEEK 11 PREDICTIONS
New York Jets (4-5) at Buffalo Bills (5-5) 4:25p (ET)
The 4-5 New York Jets are coming off a Sunday evening loss to the Las Vegas Raiders while the Buffalo Bills dropped to 5-5 on the season following a rough loss at home against the Denver Broncos.
The Jets’ defense looks very impressive at times, but for how much longer can they bail out this horrendous offense? They have scored only 13 points or fewer in each of their last three games and the ineptitude on that side of the ball means that the 2023 season is probably a lost cause at this point. The Buffalo Bills are simply not a good football team right now and Josh Allen's league-leading 11 interceptions is a concerning fact.
I believe the Bills win this game, but this isn't the typical Buffalo team we’re used to seeing. Do not be surprised if the Jets keep this one close.
Final Score: Jets – 17, Bills – 20
Seattle Seahawks (6-3) at Los Angeles Rams (3-6) 4:25p (ET)
The Seahawks come into this divisional matchup looking to build on a narrow 29-26 win over Washington in Week 10, while the Rams will be looking to rebound from a 3rd straight defeat, after a 20-3 loss in Green Bay in their last game prior to last week’s bye.
After a terrible experiment with Brett Rypien at QB, Matthew Stafford should be back on the field for the Rams. Sean McVay has been trying to make it work with the hand that he’s been dealt, but the Rams season has been a rollercoaster so far.
I’m still not convinced that the Seattle Seahawks are a true contender in the NFC. Geno Smith has not been as efficient this season as he was last year, and the Rams are going to be well-rested coming off their bye week.
The LA Rams have owned this series, winning 6 straight and 9 of the last 10, but Seattle is the better and healthier team going into this game. The Seahawks have won 6 of their last 8 and I expect them to beat the Rams in a close one.
Final Score: Seahawks – 23, Rams – 20
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) at Denver Broncos (4-5) 8:20p (ET)
The Minnesota Vikings visit the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium in Week 11. The Vikings were 1-4 at one point and likely headed towards a lost season and a rebuild, especially after losing QB Kirk Cousins to injury. However, they have one five games in a row and are now right back in the thick of everything in their division. The Denver Broncos are 4-5 after a huge win on Monday Night Football and, all of a sudden, Denver has ripped out three wins in a row, two of them against Super Bowl contenders, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills.
Josh Dobbs could run into a few problems against a Broncos’ defense that has been outstanding in their recent performances. On Sunday Night Football, expect Russell Wilson and the Broncos to put a strong showing together and move to 5-5.
Final Score: Vikings – 16, Broncos – 24
Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) (Mon) 8:15p (ET)
This is the most highly anticipated game of Week 11 and a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl. Arguably the two best football teams in the NFL, both the Eagles and Chiefs were on their bye week in Week 10. Both teams should be well-rested and will be looking to continue to stand atop of their respective conferences.
The Eagles were far from impressive in their win over Dallas, but they have scored 28 or more points in three straight games since their surprising loss to the Jets. The Chiefs have been leaning on defense more than on offense this season. They are allowing just 15.9 points and scoring 23.1 points per game. Kansas City has scored 21 or fewer points in three of the last four games, so they’ll certainly want to get off to a quick start against the Eagles. The Chiefs are the only team in the league with 100% success rate on extra points and field goals this season, which is something that could make a huge difference in such a close game.
This game is very hard to choose and you could make the case for either team winning. I think the Eagles have more talent on both sides of the ball, but the Chiefs are still the Chiefs and they are playing this game at home.
Final Score: Eagles – 26, Chiefs – 29
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The Patriots are on fire. Many thought the Browns would go to New England and have a day. That didn’t happen. New England won big 45-7 and now travels to Atlanta to face a Falcons team that got drilled by Dallas 43-3. The Falcons may play better this week, but not good enough to beat the Patriots… NEW ENGLAND 29, ATLANTA 13
The Bills got back on track with a big win over the Jets last week. Buffalo is in command of the AFC East but needs to stay ahead of New England (6-4). The Colts weren’t all that impressive in their win over the Jags last week though RB Jonathan Taylor did run for 116 yards on 21 carries. Indy will have to be much better to beat the Bills at home. Buffalo beat the Colts in last year’s AFC wild card game and they have beaten Indy the last four times the teams have played in Buffalo. Make it five… BUFFALO 34, INDIANAPOLIS 21
The Ravens and Bears haven’t played in four years. Chicago won that game. They played in 2013 too and the Bears won that one. Don’t expect a repeat. Baltimore is 6-3 and leads the AFC North. Chicago has one of the NFL’s worst offenses and is 3-6. Even playing at Soldier Field will not save this Bears team… BALTIMORE 28, CHICAGO 17
The Lions are so bad they looked bad in a tie last week. The Browns are once again “the same old Browns.” Cleveland has the better roster and they are playing at home. Baker Mayfield and company will play down to their level of competition. This one will be ugly, but the Browns stay alive - barely - in the AFC playoff race… CLEVELAND 22, DETROIT 16
This is one of those trap games. Tennessee (8-2) has established itself as one of the league’s best teams. The Titans have won six in a row. Their last loss was to a team that was inferior – the Jets. Houston might be the league’s worst team. Tennessee has won the last three in a row in the series, including games when the Texans weren’t that bad. The Titans could be looking ahead to the Patriots the following week. Still, Tennessee finds a way to win… TENNESSEE 24, HOUSTON 23
Two teams coming off big upsets last week will meet in Week 11. Washington beat Tampa Bay and Cam Newton touched the ball twice and scored two touchdowns in his return as the Panthers knocked off Arizona 34-10. The Football Team suffered a big loss though as DE Chase Young suffered a season-ending ACL injury. The Panthers are at home and it’s possible RB Christian McCaffrey returns… CAROLINA 23, WASHINGTON 20
The Jags are starting to play better. They did lose to the Colts last week but stayed within one score of the Colts. Can they play well enough to hold off San Francisco? The 49ers have been a huge disappointment thus far, and they will be playing on the road in Jacksonville. The Jags will take advantage of being a home underdog again… JACKSONVILLE 27, SAN FRANCISCO 20
The Bengals had a week off to get the bad taste of that Browns loss out of their mouths. The Raiders took one on the chin to Kansas City last Sunday night. With both teams at 5-4, a win goes a long way in helping that team get to the playoffs. Cincinnati will be better rested and Joe Burrow will look to take advantage of a Raiders defense that gave up five touchdown passes last week. The Raiders are playing at home though… LAS VEGAS 30, CINCINNATI 27
Both the Cowboys and Chiefs got back on track with recent wins. Is Patrick Mahomes losing his touch? He might be hard-pressed to keep up with Dallas QB Dak Prescott. The Chiefs defense is a disaster that Prescott should tear apart. It’s doubtful the Chiefs and Mahomes can keep up with Dallas in a shootout… DALLAS 38, KANSAS CITY 30
Not having Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins finally caught up to Arizona. The Seahawks got QB Russell Wilson back but couldn’t the ball in the end zone against the Packers in a 17-0 loss last week. Seattle’s playoff hopes aren’t completely dead yet, though they are on life support. Murray is expected to play in Week 11, which is bad news for the Seahawks… ARIZONA 33, SEATTLE 20
Minus Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers let Detroit hang around enough to kiss their sister and end up in a tie. The tie doesn’t hurt the Steelers, but a loss to the Chargers would set them back. One team that has cooled off since the start of the season is the Chargers. They can’t afford another loss if they want to stay alive in the division and playoff races. At home, LA has a slight advantage… LA CHARGERS 25, PITTSBURGH 22
Last week, the Football Team somehow figured out how to beat Tampa Bay. Can the Giants do the same? They had an extra week to prepare for this game, but how do they fix an offense that scores just 19.9 points a game? Plus, how do they stop Tom Brady and company coming off a loss? The Bucs are 5-2 after a loss with Brady at quarterback. Don’t expect Tampa Bay to play that poorly in two consecutive weeks… TAMPA BAY 34, NY GIANTS 20