Week 11 NFL Picks: Breaking Down Most Underrated Battles on Tap

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor INovember 12, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 09: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins stiff arms linebacker Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. The Philadelphia Eagles won, 33-27. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Week 11 in the NFL needs no hype. 

From San Francisco vs. New Orleans on Sunday afternoon to Kansas City vs. Denver and New England vs. Carolina serving as the pair of prime-time games, it's an explosive, important group of matchups. 

But there are some very underrated games on the slate, as well. Let's take a closer look at some of them, along with my picks for every contest. 

Week 11 NFL Picks
Road TeamHome TeamDateTime (ET)Pick
IndianapolisTennesseeThur, Nov. 148:25 p.m.Titans
ClevelandCincinnatiSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Bengals
OaklandHoustonSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Texans
BaltimoreChicagoSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Bears
ArizonaJacksonvilleSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Cardinals
N.Y. JetsBuffaloSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Jets
AtlantaTampa BaySun, Nov. 171 p.m.Buccaneers
WashingtonPhiladelphiaSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Eagles
DetroitPittsburghSun, Nov. 171 p.m.Lions
San DiegoMiamiSun, Nov. 174:05 p.m.Chargers
Green BayN.Y. GiantsSun, Nov. 174:25 p.mGiants
MinnesotaSeattleSun, Nov. 174:25 p.mSeahawks
San FranciscoNew OrleansSun, Nov. 174:25 p.mSaints
Kansas CityDenverSun, Nov. 178:30 p.m.Broncos
New EnglandCarolinaMon, Nov. 188:40 p.mPanthers


Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 11:  Cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stretches for a 4th-quarter interception against the Miami Dolphins November 11, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 22 - 19. (Photo by Al Messersch
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At the beginning of the season, this looked like one of the most anticipated matchups of the year. 

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Roddy White gave the Falcons one of the most dangerous passing games in the league, while the addition of Steven Jackson added some impressive balance. On the other side of things, the Bucs featured a stout running game, solid weapons in the passing game and a much-improved secondary. 

Both teams looked like potential playoff squads. 

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Now, thanks to injuries, inconsistent play and locker-room turmoil, they are both contending for the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. 

Still, both teams have plenty of talent, making this an interesting matchup—even if there is very little on the line. 

The Bucs have played far better as of late, boast the better defense and are at home, so I'll take them, but the narrow spread (1.5 points, per Covers) says it all: This one will be an exciting back-and-forth contest. 


Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 10: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a first quarter pass while playing the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 10, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Gregory ShamusGetty Images)
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If you like offense, missing this game is not advisable. 

Remember when these teams played in Week 1? There were 60 combined points, 825 total yards and five touchdowns that went for more than 20 yards.

Well, guess what? This time around, the defenses are still erratic, and the offenses are even better. 

Nick Foles, who quietly has 16 touchdowns and zero (!) interceptions on the season, has played out of his mind over the last two weeks (13.8 yards per attempt, 10 touchdowns) and served as a legitimate upgrade over Michael Vick. 

Robert Griffin III, meanwhile, has looked more healthy every week since showing so much rust in that Week 1 matchup and is starting to resemble the 2012 version of himself. 

Buckle up. This one is going to have points, points and maybe even more points. Throw in the fact that it serves as an important divisional battle, and it's easily one of the most captivating matchups of the week. 


New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 03:  Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets in action against the New Orleans Saints during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It's not quite Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III, but Geno Smith vs. EJ Manuel has the chance to be a pretty compelling rookie quarterback matchup. 

Both have showed the propensity to struggle at times, but both have also made it pretty clear they are the future for their respective franchises. It'll be intriguing to see them on the same field on Sunday. 

The Jets aren't the same team on the road, where they are just 1-3, but their defense—and front seven in particular—will give them the advantage in this one. 


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