NFL Picks Week 11: Teams Set to Protect Their Home Turf This Weekend

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent INovember 17, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; London, England; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the 2012 International Series game at Wembley Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Rams 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Toth-US Presswire
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The key to success in the NFL is simple: Protect home field. 

The Buffalo Bills protected their home field on Thursday Night Football, but they aren't the only team that will in Week 11. Let's take a look at some other teams set to enjoy some home cooking this weekend.

Here are my picks for home teams that will protect their turf on Sunday.


Washington Redskins

The most eye-popping statistic relating to the Philadelphia Eagles' immense struggles this season is the fact that the Phillies have won a game more recently than the city's football team.

That's right, the Eagles haven't won a game since Week 4 (September 30), and have dropped five straight coming into Week 11's showdown with division rival Washington in Landover. Although the Redskins haven't been much better than the Eagles in 2012, they at least will start their No. 1 quarterback option under center in Robert Griffin III.

Philly, meanwhile, will be forced to start rookie Nick Foles in the absence of Michael Vick, who will sit out while recovering from a concussion.

The biggest key to Sunday afternoon's matchup will be on the ground though. The 'Skins rank second in the league in rush offense, and seventh in rush defense. I expect Washington will keep LeSean McCoy under wraps and put together some solid drives of its own this weekend. 

Therefore I like the Redskins to end their six-game losing streak to rookie quarterbacks in Week 11.


Denver Broncos

I've yet to come across anyone who doesn't love the Denver Broncos on Sunday versus the San Diego Chargers, and it's no surprise why.

Peyton Manning and company spotted San Diego a 24-0 halftime lead the first time these two teams played back in Week 6, only to score 35 unanswered points over the final two quarters to win easily on the road. 

Quite frankly, Denver is playing superb football right now, having won four in a row, and San Diego is a lost football team, having dropped five of its last seven matchups. Two of the Chargers' four victories in 2012 have come against the Kansas City Chiefs. 

The other two? Against Oakland and Tennessee. 


New England Patriots

The New England Patriots might as well be the Denver Broncos of the East. Tom Brady and the Pats have won three in a row after their Week 6 collapse in Seattle, and are in absolute control of their division.

On Sunday evening in Foxboro, New England will host the surprising Indianapolis Colts, who aren't as hot as people might believe.

Yes, Andrew Luck and the Colts have won four in a row, but those four wins have come against Cleveland, Tennessee, Miami and Jacksonville. None of those teams has a winning record in 2012, and only two have at least four wins. 

In a matchup between pretender and contender, I'll take the contender, the Patriots and their seventh-ranked pass offense and fifth-ranked rush attack every time. 


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