Week 11 NFL Picks: Teams That Will Continue to Slide This Weekend

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 14, 2012

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers warms up for play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers November 11, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Jacksonville Jaguars will continue their miserable slide in Week 11 when they travel to play their division rivals, the Houston Texans, on Sunday afternoon.

Losers of their last six games, the Jaguars are scoring fewer points per game than any other team in the NFL (14.1), and are surrendering more than 27 points and nearly 390 yards per week on defense. On the other hand, Houston ranks second in the league in scoring defense and is the fifth-highest scoring team through 10 weeks.

The reeling Jags aren't the only team that will lose again in Week 11.

Here are my picks for teams that will continue to free fall this weekend.


Detroit Lions

Detroit may possess the No. 1-ranked aerial attack in football this season, but the Lions are set to take on a scorching hot team in NFC North rival Green Bay this weekend.

The Packers have won four in a row, including two road games against St. Louis and Houston. 

The worst news for the Lions, though, is that Green Bay is averaging nearly 32 points per game during its current winning streak. Furthermore, the team is riding the super hot hand of reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers, who has 15 touchdowns to just one interception over the Packers' last four games.

If I had to choose between Rodgers and Matthew Stafford right now, I'd take Rodgers in a heartbeat. The Packers have more rhythm offensively at the moment, and that's why they have the edge in this divisional clash.

Look for a shootout at Ford Field this weekend. Just don't expect the Lions to come out on top.


Arizona Cardinals

The worst thing possible happened for the Arizona Cardinals during their Week 10 bye. Their Week 11 opponent, the Atlanta Falcons, lost on the road to the New Orleans Saints.

At 8-1, the Falcons are now in danger of kicking off a losing streak in Week 11, which means that the Cardinals are in for a nightmare on the road this Sunday afternoon. Losers of five straight, the Cardinals are in shambles at the moment and will be lucky to finish with six wins based on the look of their remaining schedule.

Meanwhile, Atlanta is a Super Bowl contender and is returning home after a frustrating loss. You can bet the Falcons will be looking to right the ship quickly inside the Georgia Dome. 

Look for Atlanta's offense to find early success and cruise to a big win this weekend while Arizona continues its slide. 


San Diego Chargers

The Bolts have been dreadful against good teams in 2012. After all, their four wins have come against the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs (twice).

Therefore, we can expect another San Diego collapse on Sunday in Denver. The Broncos are rolling, having won four in a row, and scored 35 unanswered points against the Chargers in the second half of the teams' Week 6 showdown on Monday Night Football.

While San Diego isn't doing much well at the moment, other than defending the run, Denver is beginning to fire on all cylinders. The Broncos rank third in the league in passing offense and boast a defensive unit nearly ranked in the Top 10.

If the Chargers couldn't finish off the Broncos with a 24-0 halftime lead, why would they be able to beat them on the road in Week 11?


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