Week 11 in the NFL started with the Dolphins taking care of the Bills on Thursday in a 22-9 home win. This game was hard to watch at times, as both teams can struggle offensively. Miami improves to 6-4 and currently holds the last wild-card spot in the AFC. Buffalo drops to 5-5. It is clear Miami still has limitations everywhere, but they are beating the teams they should beat. Buffalo continues to struggle in the red zone. A lot of people are calling for veteran Kyle Orton to head back to the bench and youngster EJ Manuel to step in. I think the Bills have a few problems, none of them involve the QB. The offensive line can’t handle a pass rush, and they have no running game due to injuries.
Detroit (7-2) at Arizona (8-1)-I have had a rough time picking games since I started the blog. I will start my attempt at a turnaround with the biggest game of the weekend. Arizona keeps winning via defense, a running game, and no mistakes. Their staying power will really be tested without QB Carson Palmer for the rest of the year. He had been playing his best football in years. Drew Stanton will take over. He has started several games before, including a few this year. Arizona is not a contender to go deep in the playoffs without Palmer, but losing him is not a death sentence to their season. Detroit continues walking the tight rope. They have trailed at the 2:00 warning for 3 straight games, and won them all. Their defense is really good, but they are still too pass happy and may be without Reggie Bush. Also, they are on pace to shatter the record for missed field goals. I just don’t quite buy into them still. Ari 24 Det 20
Seattle (6-3) at Kansas City (6-3)-This is the toughest pick of the week for me. I really like what Kansas City is doing right now. Justin Houston would be getting defensive MVP hype if not for J.J. Watt. The run game led by Jamal Charles is lethal. KC has won 4 in a row and is quietly becoming a real threat to my Broncos in the AFC West. The world champs are in form as well after running all over the Giants at home last week, but this game isn’t in Seattle. The Seahawks will still be a factor to defend their title, but I’ll take KC in a fist fight here. KC 20 Sea 14.
Philadelphia (7-2) at Green Bay (6-3)-The Eagles are actually underdogs here. They went turnover free last week vs. Carolina. Mark Sanchez looked rejuvenated. As I said last week, I think they are better off with him at QB as opposed to the injured Nick Foles. Green Bay is playing good ball too. They dished out at 55-14 drubbing to the Bears last week, in a game that I picked the Bears to win. I think that performance had more to do with the Bears than the Packers. So, I’ll take the Eagles to pull what the bookmakers would call an upset in a shootout. Phi 35 GB 32.
New England (7-2) at Indianapolis (6-3)-Ever since getting killed by KC on Monday Night Football, the Pats have been destroying everyone in their path, expect this Sunday night to be no different. Indy is great at home, but Andrew Luck has started to take a beating lately, even in the convincing win over the Giants in their most recent game weeks ago. The defense was shredded by both New York and Pittsburgh in recent weeks. Indy has their division well in hand, but I don’t like the way their trending right now. Enjoy what should be a great Sunday of football. NE 35 Ind 20.