Week 11 Predictions

Cardinals Chiefs FootballAfter a few strong weeks of predictions, week ten was another struggle against the spread. The good news is it only takes another strong week or two to try and get over .500. At this point, the playoff picture is getting clearer in each conference and teams are starting to separate themselves in their respective divisional races. This week in particular, we have some extremely intriguing night games. One could help decide a division, while the other might serve as a Super Bowl preview. Regardless, even if your team struggles early in the day, or is on bye as fans we’ll all have something to look forward to Sunday/Monday night.

Last week: 8-6, Season: 94-54

Last week against the spread: 5-9, Season: 71-78

Game of the weak: Raiders vs Cardinals: Somehow I feel this spot has been a three team rotation between the Raiders, Cardinals and 49ers, but it helps that the divisions play each other. While the optimism for Raiders fans won’t show in the on field product, the Cardinals are a team to watch down the stretch. They’ve been more competitive of late, and Byron Leftwich as offensive coordinator has done a better job of using star running back David Johnson. Raiders 17 Cardinals (-4.5) 24

Game of the week: Chiefs vs Rams: We’ve already had some amazing matchups or finishes this season, but on paper this could be the regular season game of the year. Of course, because it’s the NFL there’s some controversy hovering over it before it starts. As you probably know, this game was scheduled to be played in Mexico City. That was changed earlier this week to Los Angeles after evaluating the playing conditions for the field. How the NFL allowed that to happen is baffling, and I feel bad for all the fans in Mexico who were just as excited for the matchup.

Now, we can solely focus on the matchup between 9-1 teams that features two offenses scoring more than 33 points per game. With the way the league is going, these two teams could be at the forefront of an offensive revolution. The way both move pre-snap, or scheme players open makes some other NFL games look like a different sport. While the young quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff along with stars such as Todd Gurley will generate headlines, this game will come down to which defense can generate stops. It sounds obvious and cliche, but in a game where one stop might be good enough, it can’t be understated. Chiefs 31 Rams (-2.5) 34

Cowboys 23 Falcons (-3.5) 26

Steelers 28 Jaguars (+5.5) 20

Panthers 28 Lions (+4.5) 17

Titans 24 Colts (-2.5) 21

Buccaneers 24 Giants (-1.5) 28

Texans 21 Redskins (+3.5) 17

Bengals 16 Ravens (-4.5) 20

Broncos 20 Chargers (-7.5) 28

Eagles 24 Saints (-9.5) 31

Vikings 24 Bears (-3.5) 20

 

 

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