Week 11 kicks off tonight in Buffalo, with the (3-6) Bills hosting the (4-5) Dolphins. The AFC East likely has 3 teams who will not be in the postseason, but the Dolphins have been a bit of a surprise. No one thought they would even compete in 2012, instead they are a few bounces away from being in line for a playoff spot. Some thought the Bills would jump over the Jets and Patriots this year to take the AFC East crown, instead they have been a huge disappointment. A big problem for them is their defense. They spent a lot of money on it, yet it is worse than last year.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
Now to the actual game tonight: It is going to be cold in Buffalo, which gives them an edge. Fred Jackson being out hurts, but CJ Spiller should be able to carry the load. Miami is going to have to depend on Reggie Bush, but also take some shots down field with Tannehill. This is a toss up, but I will go with the home team Bills.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
The Lions must win this game to have any hope at making the playoffs this year, but I think that hope is gone. Losing in Minnesota last week was a big loss. The 2011 Lions were a great story, but 2012 the Lions returned to form.
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons suffered their first loss of the year against the Saints last week, but it could actually help them. There is no more pressure to be undefeated. Now they can just focus on getting the #1 seed in the NFC.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
The Bucs have been impressing me lately, but for some reason I get the feeling Cam Newton and the Panthers will get this win. Not sure why.
Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys
Can the Cowboys get on a little run here and challenge the Giants for the NFC East? It is possible. A win against the Browns would bring the Cowboys to within 1 game of the defending Champs.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Nick Foles gets his first start as an Eagle, against RGIII and the Redskins. I am going with the better QB in this battle of (3-6) teams.
New York Jets at St. Louis Rams
The Jets are a joke. At (3-5-1), the Rams have a better record than New York.
Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs
I wanted to take the Chiefs in this game, but they are so bad. I mean bad.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Houston will continue the road to the #1 seed in the AFC with what should be an easy win against the Jaguars.
New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders
The Saints can get back to .500 this week in Oakland. They have such a tough schedule down the stretch, but you have to give Drew Brees and company credit for not giving up.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
This is the kind of win that can save Norv Turner's job, but I don't see it happening. Actually, how does he still have it? The Broncos will win this game and the AFC West.
Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots
Both teams are (6-3). That is shocking. I assumed the Patriots would be better and the Colts would be worse, but that is why they play the game. Andrew Luck actually has a good match-up against a terrible Patriots pass defense. Still, I have to go with the home team.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
It is unfortunate that Big Ben was injured Monday Night against the Chiefs. Without him, I don't think this will be a good game. With him, I would have taken Pittsburgh.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
People kept saying "Yeah the Bears are good, but can they beat good teams?" Losing to the Texans and 49ers would make you think "No", but I still think the Bears are a good team. If Jay Cutler was 100% they could have beaten both.