With the playoff picture starting to shape up, there are some truly exciting games with big postseason implications in Week 11.
When glancing at the schedule, there are very few games that will be considered easy wins for one team or the other. The slate of games for this week will be filled with some tough matchups that will likely result in more than a few thrilling finishes.
Below is a full list of predictions for Week 11, followed by a breakdown of the biggest games to watch for.
|NFL Week 11 Predictions|
|Indianapolis Colts||28-20||Tennessee Titans|
|New York Jets||20-17||Buffalo Bills|
|Atlanta Falcons||24-20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Detroit Lions||28-14||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Washington Redskins||17-35||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Arizona Cardinals||28-7||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Oakland Raiders||20-21||Houston Texans|
|Baltimore Ravens||14-24||Chicago Bears|
|Cleveland Browns||20-23||Cincinnati Bengals|
|San Diego Chargers||27-17||Miami Dolphins|
|Green Bay Packers||21-17||New York Giants|
|Minnesota Vikings||11-31||Seattle Seahawks|
|San Francisco 49ers||14-27||New Orleans Saints|
|Kansas City Chiefs||21-28||Denver Broncos|
|New England Patriots||14-20||Carolina Panthers|
|Predictions by Tyler Brooke|
San Francisco 49ers (6-3) at New Orleans Saints (7-2)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 17
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Prediction: 27-14, Saints
Two of the best teams in the NFC will be going head-to-head in this one, but the San Francisco 49ers have some real questions that they need to answer heading into Sunday.
The 49ers are coming off of a tough 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers, and it was a really rough game for Colin Kaepernick, who threw for just 91 yards and an interception while being sacked six times.
The passing game has struggled all season for the 49ers, as they're averaging just 173.9 passing yards per game. Kaepernick just hasn't looked like the same player he was in 2012, making some questionable decisions with the ball and missing throws he made with ease last year.
For the New Orleans Saints, they've been just fine offensively. Drew Brees has already thrown for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns, while the team is averaging 29.4 points per game, the second most in the league behind the Denver Broncos.
Both teams have very solid defenses entering this one, as they're both allowing around 317 yards and less than 20 points per game. However, with the offensive advantage going to Brees and the Saints, I expect them to walk away with a convincing win.
Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) at Denver Broncos (8-1)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 17
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Prediction: 28-21, Broncos
Arguably the two best teams in the league play in the AFC West, making this an exciting game that could decide who gets home-field advantage and who has to play on the road during the playoffs.
The Kansas City Chiefs have a great overall team with a terrific defense that's allowing just 12.3 points, the fewest in the NFL. They will be going against the Denver Broncos, who have the league's best offense, scoring 41.2 points per game.
Even at 37 years old, Peyton Manning is having the best season of his career. He's already thrown for 3,249 yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions this season, and he's on pace to break several single-season records.
It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs offense, led by Alex Smith, can keep up. The offense doesn't have super flashy numbers, as its putting up just 317.3 yards per game. However, the unit is certainly efficient, as it's still putting up almost 24 points per contest and has only turned the ball over eight times all year.
However, the Broncos are starting to improve on defense, especially with the return of Von Miller. For as good as the Chiefs have been, they've struggled recently against a number of backup quarterbacks, and I expect Manning to lead the Broncos to their biggest win of the season.
New England Patriots (7-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-3)
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Prediction: 20-14, Panthers
Did anyone expect this to be one of the most exciting games of Week 11 when the season began?
The New England Patriots are getting their weapons back at exactly the right time, with Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola finally healthy. It clearly paid off in their last game, as the team scored 55 points. Tom Brady had his best game of the year, throwing for 432 yards and four touchdowns.
While the Patriots may finally have their weapons back on offense, they will have to go up against the Panthers, who have arguably the best defense in the league right now. They just held the 49ers to nine points, and they're allowing just 12.8 per game. Football Outsiders has the Panthers as the best defense in the NFL in terms of adjusted DVOA.
Cam Newton will have to step up and help give his defense some room to breathe with this being its toughest test to date. He's had a solid overall season, putting up over 2,200 total yards and 17 total touchdowns, but he has still thrown eight interceptions. The Patriots won't let up, as they're allowing just 19.4 points per game.
For as many talented offensive players as there will be in this game, I don't expect it to be a high-scoring affair. Look for both defenses to play well in this one, but be ready for the Panthers to pull off the upset and continue to cement themselves as a real NFC contender.