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.
|Indianapolis Colts||Tennessee Titans||Colts|
|New York Jets||Buffalo Bills||Jets|
|Baltimore Ravens||Chicago Bears||Bears|
|Cleveland Browns||Cincinnati Bengals||Bengals|
|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||Broncos|
|New England Patriots||Carolina Panthers||Panthers|
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
Although Jay Cutler appeared to want to play through his ankle injury, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he will not play:
Bears QB Jay Cutler is out Sunday vs. Ravens.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 11, 2013
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.
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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