Week 11 is a significant week in the life of an NFL season. This is the last week any NFL team gets a bye, meaning there is no time off for anyone the rest of the way. Teams in tight playoff races cannot afford to take time off even if they want to, so the lack of byes is fitting.
We as NFL fans live and die by our respective teams' performances each and every weekend, and we are all too familiar with the ebbs and the flows of the week following a brutal loss.
We also understand the pressure these guys face and how anything can happen on any given Sunday, but we never seem OK with a loss, no matter how close the game or how tough the opponent. Just imagine how the players and coaches feel during the season.
Last weekend several teams with serious playoff aspirations took tough losses to divisional opponents that could each end up being the deciding factor in missing the playoffs. Those same teams have to bounce back this weekend and are thus desperate for wins.
Here is a look at the teams that cannot afford to lose this weekend.