With Week 11 of the NFL season having already begun with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills squaring off in front of a national audience on Thursday Night Football, it’s time to look ahead to the two remaining prime-time games.
We’ll get to see an epic AFC north battle when the Baltimore Ravens clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, followed by a gritty match between two of the NFC’s best teams, the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, on Monday Night Football.
Let’s take a look at where to watch these contests, how to live stream them, predict an outcome and much more.
Sunday Night Football: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When: Sunday, November 18 at 8:20 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL.com
Betting Line: Baltimore Ravens -3.5
Key Storyline: Roethlisberger’s Injury
Starting RB Rashard Mendenhall has been listed as probable on the team’s injury report, and we should see Mike Tomlin calling plenty of running plays for the back, with Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman also expected to earn a fair share of touches.
Prediction: Steelers 17 – Ravens 14
This is going to be the definition of a smashmouth football game. These two teams cannot stand one another, and it should be a highly physical contest between AFC North rivals.
We are giving the edge to the home team, as they should be able to establish a ground game without Ray Lewis to worry about. Even though Leftwich is a less-than-ideal starter, he’s a serviceable game manager and that’s all he will need to do.
Monday Night Football: San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
When: Monday, November 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Key Storyline: Concussions
Both starting QBs in this upcoming game suffered concussions in Week 10. Jay Cutler of the Bears went down against the Houston Texans, while Alex Smith had to come out in what ended up a tie game between San Francisco and the St. Louis Rams.
Cutler still hasn’t returned to practice, and his status is being kept quiet by the Bears organization. Smith’s looking a bit better off, and the Niners have indicated that he’s likely going to get the nod on Monday night.
Regardless of whether they do play, it’s worth monitoring to see how they perform and if there are any noticeable side effects from the Week 10 injuries.
Prediction: Bears 21 – 49ers 14
If Cutler plays, we are picking the Bears to win. We just saw a mediocre St. Louis team expose the 49ers defense and battle them to a hard-fought draw.
Chicago possesses a much better defense than the Rams, and a more potent offense, so we expect they’ll win this by at least a TD.