NFL TV Schedule Week 11: Highlighting Most Anticipated Contests

Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 12, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Isaac Redman #33 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate a touchdown against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Week 11 may be the best week of the 2012 NFL season. With great games up and down the lineup and top-heavy contests sure to captivate the fans, it's only right to look ahead.

Let's take a look at Week 11's most anticipated contests. 

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8:20 p.m. ET


Baltimore and Pittsburgh will renew the best rivalry in football on Sunday night. The Ravens and Steelers will be battling for the AFC North crown at the end of the year, and this game will likely determine which team has the upper hand heading towards the latter part of the season.

Heinz Field has long been the enemy of Joe Flacco and the Ravens, as the team has struggled to defeat Pittsburgh there since the stadium opened in 2001. 

Both teams have been decimated by injuries, but both fail to make excuses. No Ray Lewis, no problem. No Troy Polamalu, surprisingly little problems. 

Just like every other Pittsburgh-Baltimore game, expect this to come down to the wire.

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers

When: Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA


Finally we receive a tremendous Monday Night Football game between two of the best teams not only in the NFC, but in the league. 

San Francisco and Chicago should provide a tight, hard-hitting contest dominated by two defenses. The winner of this game will be decided by turnovers. Chicago forces more turnovers than any other team in the NFL, and the 49ers possess one of the best defenses in the league.

Whichever team wins the turnover battle will come out on top. 

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver CO


San Diego and Denver are the only threat to each other in the AFC West. San Diego badly needs this game to stay in contention in the division after blowing a fourth-quarter lead to Peyton Manning in the teams' previous meeting on Monday Night Football.

With a chance to deliver a knockout blow to Philip Rivers and the Chargers, Manning will most likely bring one of the better performances of the season. 

Manning is having another MVP-caliber campaign, posting 21 touchdowns to only six interceptions. He is connecting on 70 percent of his passes this season, a number that would trump his percentage in each of his four MVP seasons.

Right now, Manning is playing some of the best football of his career. And seeing how he missed the entire season last year and he plays on a new team, what he's doing this year has been more than fantastic. 

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots

When: Sunday, Nov. 18 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA


It might not be Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady, but it's still intriguing. Andrew Luck has been dealing this year for a winning football team, unlike Robert Griffin III in Washington.

Luck and the streaking Colts might be in too deep this week, however. Tom Brady and the Patriots' pass offense is about to school the Colts.

We have the great quarterback of our generation vs. the quarterback who could one day eclipse the greats of all time. 

Check out the complete Week 11 NFL schedule here.