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NFL Week 11 Picks: Teams That Will Continue to Struggle on the Road

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 27:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at O.co Coliseum on October 27, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2013

If you want to have success in the NFL, it is important to be able to win on the road. Some teams have shown this year that they simply do not have what it takes. 

Heading into Week 11, there are a lot of exciting matchups between some of the top teams in the league. These games will be decided by the schemes of each side and the execution of the players. 

However, there are also a set of battles that will be settled as soon as the visiting team hops on the plane. Of course, the play of the home team will also ensure that it becomes a long trip back for the road squad.

Here is a full look at picks for the week, along with visiting teams that will come up empty on Sunday.

NFL Picks Week 11
AwayHomePick
Indianapolis ColtsTennessee TitansColts
New York JetsBuffalo BillsJets
Baltimore RavensChicago BearsBears
Cleveland BrownsCincinnati BengalsBengals
Washington RedskinsPhiladelphia EaglesEagles
Detroit LionsPittsburgh SteelersLions
Atlanta FalconsTampa Bay BuccaneersBuccaneers
Arizona CardinalsJacksonville JaguarsCardinals
Oakland RaidersHouston TexansTexans
San Diego ChargersMiami DolphinsChargers
San Francisco 49ersNew Orleans SaintsSaints
Green Bay PackersNew York GiantsGiants
Minnesota VikingsSeattle SeahawksSeahawks
Kansas City ChiefsDenver BroncosBroncos
New England PatriotsCarolina PanthersPanthers

 

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks

Even though the Seahawks came out flat the last time they played at home, they recovered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to remain undefeated at CenturyLink Field. After demolishing the Atlanta Falcons last week, it is clear that Seattle remains one of the best teams in football.

The same cannot be said about the Minnesota Vikings, despite their late win over the Washington Redskins in Week 10. The squad still struggles to pass the ball or defend the pass, while Adrian Peterson is receiving too much attention to be effective.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has also thrown at least two touchdown passes in four straight games, a streak that seems likely to continue against this struggling defense.

Last year, Minnesota was a playoff team but only managed to go 3-5 away from home. This year, the team is much worse and 0-4 on the road. In all likelihood, this will shift to 0-5 after this week.

 

Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 3: Cornerback Chris Owens #21 of the Cleveland Browns sacks quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images
Jason Miller/Getty Images

Although Jay Cutler appeared to want to play through his ankle injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he will not play:

However, that does not completely shut down the Bears offense. In fact, Josh McCown has looked impressive in his three appearances this season and almost led a late comeback this past week against the Detroit Lions.

With playmakers around him like Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte, the unit will continue to put up points like usual.

The same cannot necessarily be said about the Ravens, who have struggled to a 1-4 road record this season. The offense has not been able to move the ball consistently, even in last week's home win over the Cincinnati Bengals when it totaled 189 yards from scrimmage.

Until the squad can get the run game going and Joe Flacco can avoid mistakes, Baltimore will have a hard time beating good teams. The Bears fit in this category and they will come away with a key win in this one.

 

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans

Is there reason to trust the Texans after seven losses in a row? Not really, but they continue to play hard each time out. The last three losses have all been decided by three points or less, so a little more luck could have changed everything.

Additionally, young quarterback Case Keenum continues to excel with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions in his young career. He should be able to keep this up against a Raiders defense that allowed seven touchdowns in a game two weeks ago to Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. 

On the other hand, Terrelle Pryor is fading fast after an exciting start to the season. He has eight interceptions in his last four games, and he failed to complete more than 55 percent of his passes in all of them.

Against the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL, it is hard to imagine the young quarterback leading the Raiders to their first road win of the year.

 

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