Week 11 of the 2013 NFL regular season is approaching fast, and the anticipation surrounding Sunday’s marquee matchups has football fans ready to pick the winners and place their wagers.
All of the following games will be in the spotlight this weekend, and these are the predictions bettors can take to the bank.
*Stats via NFL.com.
|Away Team||Home Team||Line||Prediction (ATS)|
|Indianapolis Colts||Tennessee Titans||IND -3||IND|
|Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||ATL -1||ATL|
|New York Jets||Buffalo Bills||BUF -1||NYJ|
|Detroit Lions||Pittsburgh Steelers||DET -2.5||DET|
|Washington Redskins||Philadelphia Eagles||PHI -3||PUSH|
|San Diego Chargers||Miami Dolphins||PK||SD|
|Baltimore Ravens||Chicago Bears||CHI -4||BAL|
|Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals||CIN -5.5||CLE|
|Oakland Raiders||Houston Texans||HOU -7||HOU|
|Arizona Cardinals||Jacksonville Jaguars||ARI -6.5||ARI|
|Green Bay Packers||New York Giants||NYG -3.5||GB|
|Minnesota Vikings||Seattle Seahawks||SEA -13.5||MIN|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos||DEN -8||KC|
|New England Patriots||Carolina Panthers||CAR -2.5||NE|
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos
The most anticipated game on Sunday is also arguably the most anticipated regular season matchup of the year. When the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Denver to play the Broncos Sunday night, all eyes will be on the marquee matchup.
Kansas City is the last undefeated team left in the league, but the team will face its toughest test against the high-powered offense of the Broncos led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.
While Denver hasn’t run the ball well this season (ranked 20th with 105.2 yards per game), the pass attack is the most dangerous in the NFL, averaging 353.4 yards per game. The Broncos have yet to face a secondary as dangerous as the Chiefs, though.
Kansas City hasn’t dominated against the run (24th, allowing 118.6 yards per game), but with the league’s sixth-ranked pass defense allowing only 208.3 yards per game, Manning and the Denver offense will be in for a long day.
As well as the Chiefs have played this season, the Broncos will sneak out a tight win at home.
Predicted Final Score: Denver 27, Kansas City 24
Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have not won at home in 10 games and will face off against a Washington Redskins team that is much better than it was earlier in the year when the franchises went head-to-head.
Neither team has shown any ability to get off the field defensively (both franchises are in the bottom half of the league in terms of points per game allowed), but each has evolved into a top 10 offense led by their respective second-year quarterbacks.
Led by Robert Griffin III, Washington has skyrocketed as the 10th-ranked pass attack (259.2 yards per game) and third-ranked rushing game (151.2 yards). As well as the Redskins have played, Eagles QB Nick Foles has been just as impressive.
Not only does Philadelphia have the No. 1 ranked run game in the league led by LeSean McCoy, but the team also boasts the ninth-ranked passing game led by Foles and his 10 touchdown passes over the last two games.
This has the potential to be a high-scoring game, but the Eagles will steal the win at home.
Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 33, Washington 30
Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The NFC North divisional battle between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday will be a tale of two bye weeks. With Cleveland rested from a bye in Week 10 and Cincinnati limping into a Week 12 bye, this matchup has all the earmarks of an ugly game.
Cleveland is far from a dangerous team on offense (ranked 16th in passing yards per game and 26th in rushing), but a top-10 defense led by the sixth-ranked run-stopping effort will have Cincinnati on the ropes.
Despite falling in each of the team’s last two games—both were heartbreaking overtime losses—the Bengals still boast the seventh-ranked pass unit (averaging 270.5 yards per game) and a running game that continues to make strides.
This divisional battle will come down to the wire, but it’s clear that Cincinnati has more offensive firepower. Cleveland will lose Sunday, but this will be one of the closest games of the week.
Predicted Final Score: Cincinnati 24, Cleveland 23