Week 11 Preview

Week 11 TV Schedule

Sunday 6pm: Seahawks @ Chiefs – Sky Sports 2

Sunday 9:25pm: Lions @ Cardinals – Sky Sports 2

Monday 1:30am: Patriots @ Colts – C4

Tuesday 1:30am: Steelers @ Titans – Eurosport 2

The week has already begun. The Bills look like they’re out of the AFC play-off race after their 22-9 defeat in Miami on Thursday night. What’s worrying for Bills fans is their lack of touchdowns. They’ve not scored a TD since the start of the Chiefs game in Week 10. Buffalo had a few chances to beat their AFC East rivals, but failed to convert turnovers into winning drives.

The Dolphins are chasing New England in their division. The 7&2 Patriots are currently the Number 1 seed in the AFC and fantasy football fans will be glad to see Brady and Gronkowski return to their rosters after their bye week. The Pats travel to Indianapolis for the late night Channel 4 game. It’s the old master versus the pretender to his thrown. Will Andrew Luck lead his Colts to victory at home?

We’re spoilt for games this week. The big NFC battle is in Phoenix as the Number 2 seed Detroit Lions take on a Number 1 seeded Cardinals team without Carson Palmer. Arizona have been rigid this season, but will Stafford and Calvin Johnson prove to be too much for them? It’s an intriguing match-up.

We have another exciting prospect at Lambeau Field in the second Sky game of the day. The 7&2 Philadelphia Eagles face the red hot Green Bay Packers who had Aaron Rodgers pass for six touchdowns in the first half last weekend. Will Chip Kelly’s quick-fire offense be too much for the Packers D in freezing conditions?

We love this part of the season because so much is at stake. Just look at the match-up at Arrowhead. Here we have two teams on 6&3, both of them right in the play-off mix inside their respective conferences. Seattle’s passing game has gone to pot this season, but that’s not surprising given they’ve let their two main receivers go. Alex Smith is having a very good season and he knows how to beat the Seahawks. This game might come down to who can run it further between Charles and Lynch.

It’ll be interesting to see how Andy Dalton acquits himself after last week’s shambolic performance. Whatever knocks you down makes you stronger, right? Perhaps not with AD because he always seems to freeze when the primetime cameras are on him, and he doesn’t learn. Could this trip to the Superdome against the Saints be the nail in Dalton’s Bengals coffin?

San Francisco stayed in touch with the group of teams chasing the NFC play-off spots after their win in New Orleans last week. They fly across the country again this weekend to take on the 3&6 Giants. Tom Coughlin’s team gave up more than 350 rushing yards against the Seahawks last time out. Meanwhile, the 49ers rediscovered their running game against the Saints. Kaepernick, Gore and Hyde may prove too much for a depleted Giants team.

Teddy Bridgewater leads his Vikings side to Soldier Field. The Bears are still licking their wounds after last week’s shocking display against Green Bay. Chicago have yet to win a home game in 2014 and Mark Trestman’s head will be on the block if they fail to win this NFC North clash.

Shaun Hill starts as quarterback against the Broncos in St Louis. Philip Rivers returns from his bye week to face the Raiders in San Diego. Antonio Gates scores touchdowns for fun at home and the 0&9 Raiders might be the perfect tonic to end the Chargers’ three-game losing streak.

The Falcons will be looking to keep the pressure on New Orleans in the NFC South when they travel to Carolina, and it’s the battle between Brady’s understudies when table-topping Cleveland host the Houston Texans. There’s nothing but pride at stake in DC between the Redskins and the 1&8 Bucs.

The week ends with Monday Night Football as Big Ben Roethlisberger and his Steelers hope to return to winning ways at the 2&7 Titans.

 

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