NFL Week 11 Predictions (2020-21)

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Credit to: USA Today

Carson Zorn, Sports Writer

Week 10 of the NFL was mostly uneventful, as most teams favored to win did so. However, the Bills vs Cardinals game just became a strong contender for game of the year, because it included the catch of the year. But now week 11 is upon us, and I have a whole new round of games to predict, so here they are:

 

Week 10 Takeaways:

-The Colts own the Titans.

-The Titans really need Ryan Tannehill to start playing better so they can win games.

-The Texans really do need DeShaun Watson to do everything.

-The Browns really missed Nick Chubb.

-Alex Smith should win Comeback Player of the Year.

-The Lions didn’t blow a fourth quarter lead for once.

-The Buccaneers are the most complete team in the NFC.

-The Panthers really need a competent defense.

-The Eagles should consider trading Carson Wentz.

-Daniel Jones has shown the Giants he can be “the” guy.

-The Jaguars had no business being in that game.

-The Packers need to figure out their defense, and soon.

-Josh Allen has the best clutch factor in the NFL.

-Kyler Murray is now the MVP favorite. 

-The Chargers need a new head coach.

-The audition is over, Tua is the real deal.

-Drew Lock is not the future for the Broncos.

-The Raiders are a playoff team.

-Russell Wilson has fallen very far behind in the MVP conversation.

-The Rams will get the seventh seed in the playoffs.

-The Bengals need to get Burrow a competent O-Line before next season.

-The Steelers are good, but they will not go 16-0.

-The 49ers are a mess of a team, but it’s not their fault.

-The Saints can win the next four games with Jameis Winston at QB. 

-The Ravens are not the team they were last year, teams have figured out Lamar.

-The Patriots will finish the season with a losing record.

-Kirk Cousins winning on Monday Night Football is the most 2020 thing to happen.

-The Bears offense has finally hindered the defense.

 

Record:

Last Week: 9-5

Total: 90-56-1

 

Week 11 Predictions:

(Teams on bye: 49ers, Bears, Bills, Giants)

 

Thursday Night Football:

 

Cardinals vs Seahawks:

These two teams will be in the fight to win the NFC West until the very end, and the Seahawks will get a step ahead in this game. The Seahawks and Russell Wilson are going to come into this game angry and hungry for a win. Because of the lack of defense from both teams, this is going to be a shootout, and extremely fun to watch. But, I’ll take the Seahawks to win an important one on their path to division supremacy.

Seahawks Win 35-32

 

Sunday 1:00 Games:

 

Steelers vs Jaguars:

So, 10-0 for the Steelers it is. Despite the fact that the Jaguars somehow were close the whole game with the Packers, they pose no threat to the Steelers. The Steelers don’t go great when they’re huge road favorites (i.e. the Cowboys games), but they do enough to win, and that’s what they’ll do in this game.

Steelers Win 27-20

 

Lions vs Panthers:

As long as QB Teddy Bridgewater plays, I like the Panthers chances to win the battle of the cat teams. Neither of these teams are particularly good , but the Panthers are slightly better. Their offense is more efficient at putting points up on the board, and they tend to not blow fourth quarter leads. While they will be without RB Christian McCaffrey, they’ve won games without him this season, and I think they’ll do it again.

Panthers Win 27-22

 

Patriots vs Texans:

This should actually be a pretty good game. While the Patriots are favored to win, I just don’t see it happening. The Texans are far superior offensively, and will be able to put up a lot of points on any defense (as long as there isn’t a hurricane-like wind storm taking place). So, I’ll take the Texans to win in the upset.

Texans Win 24-23

 

Titans vs Ravens:

Both of these teams are really looking for a win in this game, and I think the Titans will get it. RB Derrick Henry has been dominant all year, and he can run all over this Baltimore defense like he did in last year’s playoffs. Ryan Tannehill will need to step up a little bit in order for the Titans to win, and I think he will. He doesn’t need to throw for 300 yards or anything, just enough to make plays and let Derrick Henry do the rest of the work.

Titans Win 27-23

 

Eagles vs Browns:

This game won’t be close. The Browns are the better team by far in this game, and if they lose, there’s a problem. The Browns are better on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, so they should win this game without difficulty.

Browns Win 28-17

 

Falcons vs Saints:

This week, Jameis Winston will be the starting QB for the Saints. While he is a turnover machine, not too many people mention the fact that he threw for over 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. He’s not a bad QB, he just needs to cut down on interceptions. Hopefully HC Sean Payton will work with him on that. The Saints are by far the more complete team with the better HC, so I think they’ll win this game, and that it will be a fun game to watch.

Saints Win 30-24

 

Bengals vs Football Team:

The number one pick vs the number two pick. Burrow vs Young. This should be an interesting, albeit, low-scoring game. I don’t think it’s extremely controversial to say that the Bengals are the better team in this game, but if the O-Line can’t protect Burrow, all bets are off. I’ll take the gamble and say that the Bengals O-Line keeps Burrow on his feet enough for the Bengals to get a win.

Bengals Win 21-17

 

Sunday 4:00 Games:

 

Jets vs Chargers:

Rejoice Chargers fans, this is a game you are bound to win. Even your teams’ tendency to blow huge leads won’t matter in this one, because the Jets are pure garbage. Herbert might just have his best day as a rookie in this game, while the Chargers defense may actually show some semblance of life.

Chargers Win 30-21

 

Dolphins vs Broncos:

This one is a no brainer. The Dolphins have been on a tear as of late, and the Broncos…well, let’s just say they have done the exact opposite. The Dolphins are the far superior team on both sides of the ball, and should win this game with little to no difficulty.

Dolphins Win 29-13

 

Cowboys vs Vikings:

While QB Andy Dalton is back this week for the Cowboys, it won’t really matter. The Cowboys are a really bad team, and the Vikings are more on the mediocre borderline. The Vikings should win this game on the back of RB Dalvin Cook, and continue their late-season playoff push attempt.

Vikings Win 26-19

 

Packers vs Colts:

This should be an interesting matchup, because the Packers have a fantastic offense with a weak defense, and the Colts are vice versa. But, when it all comes down to it, one team has Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, and the other team does not, so I’ll take the Packers to win this one.

Packers Win 25-24

 

Sunday Night Football:

 

Chiefs vs Raiders:

If the Raiders win this game, they will cement themselves in the playoff hunt. But, I don’t see that happening. The Raiders did beat the Chiefs earlier in the year, but in my mind there’s no way the Chiefs get swept by the Raiders this year. So, I’ll take the Chiefs to win and split the series.

Chiefs Win 33-29

 

Monday Night Football:

 

Rams vs Buccaneers:

What a great Monday night game, two teams with strong offenses and defenses going at it. This will be a great game to watch, and I like the Buccaneers chances to win it. While it’s likely that Aaron Donald will be able to pressure Tom Brady all game, and Jalen Ramsey to lock down Mike Evans, Brady will still be able to find Godwin, Brown and Gronk frequently enough for the Bucs to win the game.

Buccaneers Win 23-20

 

Those are my week 11 predictions. Agree or disagree, let me know in the comments. As always, enjoy some football this weekend.