POORE'S PICKS: Week Eleven

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 I was definitely not surprised at another ho-hum week in the NFL. More upsets, close games and last week they even threw in a tie game, the first since 1998. And that tie, between San Francisco and St. Louis, might really hurt the 49ers as the season wears on. They will still win the division, but that tie could mean they have to play the first week of the post season, as opposed to sitting out a week. Four quarterbacks also got hurt, three of them because of a concussion.. One, Micheal Vick, may never play for the Philadelphia Eagles again. He was not playing well, and the coaching staff and fans had enough. The Eagles could be one of the most disappointing teams in recent memory. The Eagles season is essentially over. Many teams, though, still have playoff hopes. There are some big games this weekend so I won't waste any more time.
 
As always, home team in CAPS.
 
BUFFALO  2  Miami
The Bills could have won last week, while Miami got embarrassed at home. Neither team is anything special, but I have a feeling the Dolphins will pull this out. I can't trust the Bills.
Dolphins 20-17
 
NEW ENGLAND  8 1/2  Indianapolis
The Patriots weren't great last week, and the Colts have an amazing six wins. They also had a couple of extra days to prepare for this game. New cornerback Aqib Talib should make his debut for the Patriots, but I think it will take some time to get into the swing of things. Bill Belichick usually makes life miserable for rookie quarterbacks, but Andrew Luck is special. Luck won't pull the upset, but he will keep it close. I'll take the Patriots.
Patriots 35-24
 
HOUSTON  15  Jacksonville
Let me see here. The best team in football against possibly the worst. And the best team is at home. I think we know my winner here.
Texans  38-7
 
ATLANTA 9 1/2  Arizona
The Falcons finally lost but I don't think anybody expected them to go undefeated. After a great start the Cardinals can't seem to do anything right. The Falcons shouldn't have any problems bouncing back.
Falcons  30-13
 
Cincinnati  3 1/2  KANSAS CITY
The Bengals pulled out a nice win last week, while the Chiefs lost but were game. The Chiefs have done nothing right all year, while the Bengals have done some nice things. Winning here will very much keep them alive for the post season.
Bengals  29-12
 
New Orleans  5  OAKLAND
The Saints have done a great job turning their season around, but I think many thought they were going to. Making the playoffs is another matter, but they are in the hunt. The Raiders aren't in the hunt for anything except a pretty high draft pick. The Saints should win this game even on the road.
Saints  28-21
 
Tampa Bay  2  CAROLINA
The Bucs are suddenly surging, but I don't know how long it will last. The Panthers clearly have the talent but they can't seem to put it together. Something tells me though that they will win this game. They are at home, and many of their games have been close this year. I will take the Panthers in the very mild upset.
Panthers  23-20
 
DENVER  7  San Diego
Really, I don't understand how Norv Turner is still coaching the Chargers. May be they figure their season is already over so why bother. The Broncos season isn't over at all, and it looks like Peyton Manning will be the easy winner for the Comeback Player of the Year Award.  Even though this is a bitter rivalry I don't see any problems for the Broncos.
Broncos 31-17
 
DALLAS  7  Cleveland
Dallas got a big win last week, but something tells me they won't be ready for the Browns. Cleveland was off last week, and they have been pests this year despite their record. I think the Cowboys will win but the Brownies will keep it very close.
Cowboys  24-20
 
ST. LOUIS  3 1/2  New York Jets
The Rams have still been ok this year, though the postseason isn't going to happen. The Jets are in turmoil right now, and it is interesting to see where it could end up. I think the Jets are due to win, but right now they can't do anything right, so I will go with the Rams.
Rams  27-17
 
Green Bay 3 1/2  DETROIT
Just when it looks like the Lions are getting their act together, they lose. The Packers could possibly be the best team in the NFC, and they had an extra week of rest. I think the Packers will win here. The Lions can't be trusted at all.
Packers  37-30
 
SAN FRANCISCO  2  Chicago
This is a big game, but quite possible could be without the two starting quarterbacks due to injury. Jason Cambell likely gets the call for the Bears, while Colin Kaepernick should get the nod for the 49ers. This will be a game for the defenses, and the Bears have a better one. The 49ers can't keep any consistency, and they didn't play well last week. That is why I think they will win here, in a close game.
49ers  13-10

 
Game of the Week

Baltimore  3  PITTSBURGH
This is a huge game in the AFC North, and the winner could likely win the division. Ben Roethlisberger's injury could really sting the Steelers, and the Ravens have been playing well despite their injuries. I think the Steelers not having Roethlisberger is the difference here. I'll take the Ravens in this big game.
Ravens  20-16

 
Stinker of the Week

WASHINGTON  3 1/2  Philadelphia
I think any game with the Eagles can be considered a Stinker, and the Redskins are in that category too. With Nick Foles likely starting for the Eagles, it could be a long night for them.
Redskins 28-14
 
Record For Week 10: 7-7 ( 9-5 without the spread )
Record Through Week 10: 60-72-3 ( 75-60 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 5-5
Stinker of Week Record: 3-7


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