The first game to kick-off Week 11 is the Tennessee Titans hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Both teams lost to bottom dwelling opponents in Week 10 and will seek redemption on Thursday Night Football. The Colts lost to the Rams 8-38, at home, while the Titans gave the Jaguars their first win after losing 27-29, at home. Other interesting matchups this week have the Philadelphia Eagles looking for a third straight win when they host the Washington Redskins, who they beat earlier this season. But, the Eagles are 0-4 at home this season. The biggest and best game in Week 11 has to be the Denver Broncos hosting the 9-0 KC Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. The Broncos are a perfect 5-0 at home, but Peyton Manning tweaked his ankle last week and it might affect his play. Below are Week 11 NFL Odds along with my previews & picks for you to consider.
Teams with Byes: Dallas, St.Louis
Thursday, November 14@8:25 PM ET
Indianapolis (-3) at Tennessee (O/U-42) PICK: Colts -3
The Colts are fully alert following Week 10’s beat by St.Louis, while the Titans are short-handed without Jake Locker.
Sunday, November 17@1:00 PM ET
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo (-1) (O/U-41) PICK: Jets +1
Buffalo has lost five of six, and the playoff-hopeful Jets are coming off a BYE week. Rex Ryan has had lots of prep time.
Atlanta (-1) at Tampa Bay (O/U-43.5) PICK: Bucs +1
The Bucs got the monkey off their backs and their at home again. Atlanta is winless on the road in 2013 and has lost its last three games by an average of 20.3 points. The Bucs and their fans will support their guys no matter what their record is. Defense has to get at Matt Ryan.
Detroit (-1) at Pittsburgh (O/U-47.5) PICK: Lions -1
Detroit has won three of four games and is finding ways to win close games. That’s encouraging for the Lions moving forward. Their defense has to get to Big Ben.
Washington at Philadelphia (-3.5) (O/U-52.5) PICK: Eagles -3.5
The Eagles are playing much-improved on both sides of the ball and have seized momentum in the NFC East. Nick Foles is the man in Philly.
Baltimore at Chicago (-2.5) (O/U-46.5) PICK: Bears -2.5
The Ravens are a different team on the road this season and have zero momentum on the offensive side of the ball.
Cleveland at Cincinnati (-5.5) (O/U-42.5) PICK: Bengals -5.5
Cincy must rebound at home against the Browns in order to avoid a three-game losing streak. Jason Campbell should be ready at quarterback for the Browns. Is that a good thing?
Oakland at Houston (-7.5) (O/u-42) PICK: Texans -7.5
Houston’s losing skid has to end sometime. Why not at home against the struggling Raiders? Oakland has lost QB Terrell Pryor and their winless on the road.
Arizona (-6.5) at Jacksonville (O/U-41) PICK: Jags +6.5
Arizona’s defense is sneaky good, and the Cardinals are playing for an NFC Wild Card berth at this point. But, I think thee Jags might have some extra in the tank this week after winning in Week 10.
Sunday, November 17@4:05 PM ET
San Diego (-1) at Miami (O/U-45.5) PICK: Chargers -1
The Dolphins have been unimpressive since opening up the year with three straight wins. Meanwhile, the Chargers are one of the AFC’s most dangerous teams when the offense is clicking. But, they have troubling winning on the East coast.
Sunday, November 17@4:25 PM ET
Minnesota at Seattle (-13.5) (O/U-45.5) PICK: Seahawks -13.5
Seattle doesn’t lose at home while the Vikings haven’t won on the road this season.
San Francisco at New Orleans (-3.5) (O/U-47.5) PICK: Saints -3.5
The Niners will have to figure out a way to create some offense. Colin Kaepernick was awful in Week 10 and is lacking the downfield weapons needed to take the Niners to the next level. More so than location, San Francisco’s inability to threaten through the air offensively (32nd in passing yards) makes this a lopsided matchup that the Saints should win easily.
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants (-6.5) (O/U-43) PICK: Giants -6.5
The Giants have won three straight and the Packers are looking for a quarterback to take over for injured Aaron Rodgers. They are trying out Matt Flynn who has been past around the league like a hot potato. The Giants are glad to be at home.
Sunday, November 17@8:30 PM ET
Kansas City at Denver (-9.5) (O/U-49.5) PICK: Broncos -9.5
The most important fact to keep in mind is that this is the first time Kansas City will be tested by a playoff-caliber team in 2013. The Chiefs have beaten up on the NFL’s bottom-dwellers through the first half of the season and can’t expect to get touchdowns from their defense with a future Hall of Fame signal-caller standing across the line of scrimmage.
Monday, November 18@8:40 PM ET
New England at Carolina (-1) (O/U-46.5) PICK:
The Patriots offense is certainly capable of scoring more than 15 points in this game, but don’t count on it. Carolina hasn’t allowed more than 15 points to a single opponent over the course of its current five-game winning streak. We’ve seen New England struggle on the road recently, falling to the Jets in overtime in Week 7 and mustering just six points in a loss at Cincinnati two weeks before that. Carolina’s defense will be the star in prime time on Monday night as the Panthers take another step toward their first playoff berth since 2008.