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Survivor Pool Analysis – Week 11

The Philadelphia Eagles have been a huge disappointment in 2011 and they continued that trend through Week 10. A terrible loss at home to Arizona likely ended hopes for some. The Green Bay Packers were able to come through if you still had them available, as well as my other two picks in the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. It is the last week of byes, so check out the Week 11 full game-by-game analysis as we near the home stretch.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


New York Jets at Denver Broncos – After the city of New York was all hyped up with the recent play of the Jets and the back-to-back losses by New England, the Jets were trounced by their divisional rival at home in primetime last week. Now they must travel to Denver on a short week, but I am not sure how much longer Denver can keep up their winning ways by not throwing the football effectively. Pass on this game.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON


Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons will need to rebound after that heartbreaking overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints that has been discussed all week. The Titans have been up-and-down all season and are coming off a blowout win on the road over Carolina. I don’t see Atlanta losing two straight at home, though. The Falcons are an option.

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins – I do not trust either team in this divisional game. The Dolphins have now won two straight after starting 0-7 while the Bills have hit a bump in the road. Avoid.

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens – Pass on this AFC North battle where the Ravens will be looking to rebound, but the Bengals will be poised for an upset to show they belong in the AFC playoff discussion.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns – Vegas has this one as a pick’em (or a one-point favorite either way) and this is what it probably should be. If I had to choose, I would go with the Browns, but wouldn’t trust it in survivor.

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings – The Raiders are coming into this game after a 10-day layoff following a big road win in San Diego while the Vikings have a short week from their loss in Green Bay. We will see how this plays out, but logic would tell you the Raiders are the pick here. However, it seems as if that never works out in the NFL. Pass.

Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions – The Lions are in a bit of a funk right now and Matthew Stafford has a finger injury. Calvin Johnson appears to be OK, but is also banged up. They need to make a statement this Sunday and beat the Panthers at home. I think they will after they were embarrassed in Chicago. Possible selection.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers – Green Bay is always a choice if you have the Packers available.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins – I still would not trust this NFC East rivalry, even though the Redskins are likely one of the five worst teams in the league over the last month.

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers are due for a loss or at least a nail-biter. This game could be the one since it is coming after a big home win against the New York Giants. They are expected to handle Arizona, even though John Skelton has led the Cardinals to a few wins. I would approach this game with caution since it is a divisional matchup.

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams – The NFC West games between the Seahawks, Rams and Arizona Cardinals all tend to be tossups. So, I roll with the home teams, especially in the case. Generally, Seattle is usually a good choice for a win at home, but it is not the same story on the road.

San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears – The Bears are one of the hottest teams in the league right now while the Chargers seem to be in disarray. I would like to pick San Diego to get back on track, but I just can’t. Chicago will provide another tough environment for their opponent in Soldier Field. The pick is the Bears, but pass in survivor.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants – The Eagles are 3-6, but will still be out for revenge since the Giants beat them in Week 3. The Giants need to pick up this home win since their schedule continues its tough ways for the rest of the season. There are a few injury concerns on both sides of the ball in this one, especially Philadelphia, with Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin. Avoid.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots – Tough break for the Chiefs as they battled to win four straight after starting 0-3, but have since then dropped two in a row and now have lost Matt Cassel for the season. If you have the Patriots, they’re a top pick for Week 11.

SELECTIONS

Obvious choices include the
New England Patriots and
Green Bay Packers. After that, I like the
Atlanta Falcons and
Detroit Lions in bounce back games at home. I would be cautious and likely avoid the
San Francisco 49ers this week after their big win and now face a weak opponent.

Good luck in Week 11!

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