NFL Picks Week 11: Road Teams Set to Break Through on Sunday

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 18, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers points as he looks for a receiver against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on November 4, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 31-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will be the biggest road favorite in Week 11 as they take on NFC North rival the Detroit Lions just days before Thanksgiving. 

Green Bay has won four straight games overall, including two on the road at Houston and at St. Louis in October. Now, after a bye week, Mike McCarthy's Pack can inch closer to the division lead with a hard-fought road win over the struggling Lions.

But the Packers aren't the only road warriors that will survive in Week 11.

Here are my picks for road teams set to break through on Sunday.


Cincinnati Bengals

Marvin Lewis' Bengals earned a much-needed win over the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 10 and can now improve to .500 this weekend with a road victory over the lowly Kansas City Chiefs. 

There used to be a time when it was nearly impossible to win inside Arrowhead Stadium, but now it seems anyone can. The Chiefs are 0-4 at home this fall, have lost six straight overall, and have led just once in regulation all season long (Week 10 at Pittsburgh).

At 1-8, the Chiefs are arguably the worst team in football (arguably only because the Jaguars are also 1-8). 

On the other side, Cincinnati finally has some momentum in its favor after ending its four-game losing streak last Sunday. The Bengals can now focus on stringing together a few wins and getting back into the AFC playoff discussion.


New York Jets

The Jets can't lose four in a row can they? 

New York is reeling right now and on the verge of being 3-7 after 11 weeks. But the Jets' Week 11 opponent, the St. Louis Rams are in the midst of a four-game non-winning streak of their own, after tying division rival San Francisco last Sunday. 

Although it's been a month since New York last won a game (Oct. 14), it's been even longer since St. Louis last won (Oct. 4). Therefore, in a battle of two three-win teams, the edge goes to the Jets. 

Rex Ryan's bunch can still defend the pass as well as any other team in the league and eventually the offense will have no choice but to show up.


New Orleans Saints

After watching the Oakland Raiders' performance in Week 10 at Baltimore, the New Orleans Saints are a lock to win on the road this weekend. Dennis Allen's team gave up 55 points to the Ravens in a game it desperately needed to win, and that's telling to say the least. 

At this point, both the Raiders and Saints are headed in completely opposite directions, and while Oakland has dropped two in a row, New Orleans has won four of its last five to reenter the NFC playoff picture.

Sure, the Saints' defense may be historically terrible this fall, but their passing attack is explosive as ever before. Drew Brees leads the NFL's second-ranked aerial assault in 2012 and though Oakland's ranks fifth in the league this season, it lacks the scoring punch that New Orleans' possesses.

While Oakland is merely a pretender out west, New Orleans has reemerged as a legitimate contender thanks to its offensive superiority.


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