Winning road games in the NFL is never easy, but there are a few games on the schedule in Week 11 that heavily favor the visiting team.
Despite last weekend's overwhelming evidence to the contrary, road wins aren't common.
However, someone whose first introduction to the NFL came last weekend would not come to that conclusion. Seven road teams claimed victory in Week 10, which is certainly not what we're used to seeing on a weekly basis.
Looking ahead to Week 11, there are a few road teams poised to follow suit.
Here's a look at the full slate of games with predictions, followed by a closer examination of the road teams guaranteed to win.
|NFL Week 11 Picks|
|Indianapolis Colts||Tennessee Titans||Colts|
|New York Jets||Buffalo Bills||Bills|
|Baltimore Ravens||Chicago Bears||Bears|
|Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals||Browns|
|Washington Redskins||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Detroit Lions||Pittsburgh Steelers||Lions|
|Atlanta Falcons||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Buccaneers|
|Arizona Cardinals||Jacksonville Jaguars||Cardinals|
|Oakland Raiders||Houston Texans||Texans|
|San Diego Chargers||Miami Dolphins||Chargers|
|San Francisco 49ers||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
|Green Bay Packers||New York Giants||Giants|
|Minnesota Vikings||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Denver Broncos||Chiefs|
|New England Patriots||Carolina Panthers||Patriots|
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is still a year or two away from challenging for a playoff spot in the AFC, but the New York Jets are contending for one of the last two spots this year. The Jets already took the first game from Buffalo this year, and they're going in for the clean sweep on Sunday.
Both teams feature rookie quarterbacks and talented defenses, but the Jets simply have more going in their favor this year.
Thanks to a rediscovered running game, New York's offense has been competent this season. Geno Smith's ball-security problem (13 interceptions and six fumbles) is troubling, but he also makes "wow" plays on a weekly basis that have Jets fans excited about the future.
E.J. Manuel will likely go to work without his two top receivers, as both Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods could miss the game, as noted by Mike Rodak of ESPN.com:
Given the fact that New York features the NFL's top run-stuffing defense, the Bills are looking at a long, frustrating game at home against their AFC East rivals.
Projected Score: Jets win 24-13.
Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
Talk about two teams headed in opposite directions. The Detroit Lions are headed toward the NFC North title, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are in last place in the AFC North, one game behind the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.
The Lions pulled out a gutsy win against the Chicago Bears last Sunday. It was the team's second win in a row and its third out of four. Since losing a close game to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7, the Lions have found a way to get past Dallas and Chicago in close matchups.
These are the victories that build character in a team with playoff aspirations. The Lions have the NFC North in the palm of their hands with seven games remaining.
The Lions have a ferocious defensive front that will eat Pittsburgh's porous offensive line for a midday snack. Ben Roethlisberger has been getting hammered all year long (Pittsburgh has allowed 36 sacks, which is the second most in the NFL), and he's about to face more pain this Sunday.
Featuring an explosive offense that can beat defenses through the air and on the ground, Detroit has the firepower to go into Pittsburgh and pull out another big road win to improve to 7-3 on the season.
Projected Score: Lions win 38-21.
New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers
Not counting Matt Ryan, who is working with a skeleton crew in Atlanta, Tom Brady will be the first elite quarterback the Carolina Panthers have faced in 2013 when the two teams meet up for a highly anticipated Monday Night Football matchup at the end of this weekend.
The Panthers made a resounding statement about their playoff worthiness last weekend against the San Francisco 49ers, engineering an impressive 10-9 victory at Candlestick Park. But Colin Kaepernick was without his top receiving weapons, and he's nowhere near Brady's level when it comes to picking apart defenses.
Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are both back and fully healthy. They combined to catch 13 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh two weeks ago.
New England has had two weeks to prepare body and mind for this battle, and it's one the proud franchise will not let slip through its fingers.
Tom Brady will shred Carolina's defense and put an end to the hype surrounding the Panthers for at least one week.
Projected Score: Patriots win 35-17.
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