NFL 2011 Week 11

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Kind of odd to have zero byes in the middle of the season like this, but oh well.

Raaaaaaaaaaiders 24 - Chargers 17: Feel free to start playing well whenever you're ready, San Diego.

Saints 26 - Falcons 23: That 4th and 1 call is going to haunt Mike Smith for a good long time.

Steelers 24 - Bengals 17: I've given up trying to figure out the AFC as a whole and the AFC North in particular. Pittsburgh may be the team of the moment but they still have that black mark of dropping two to Baltimore.

Rams 13 - Browns 12: Oklahoma beats Texas. Yeah, that's about all I got.

Bills 7 - Cowboys 44: Though the highlight that the press will focus on is the whole cheerleader bit, Dallas is quietly sneaking back into the playoff picture while Buffalo's fading. At least one member of that power couple will be busy in January.

Jaguars 17 - Colts 3: I wonder if the Oregon-Stanford game got better ratings in the Indianapolis area got better ratings than this one.

Tebows 17 - Chiefs 10: HE JUST WINS...on the road...against the AFC.

Redskins 9 - Dolphins 20: Maybe Miami's starting to think that sucking for Luck isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

Cardinals 21 - Eagles 17: Better enjoy your moral victory for benching DeSean Jackson, because that's the only victory you got on Sunday.

Texans 37 - Buccaneers 9: Was going to saying something about how odd it is that Houston could end up being the number 1 seed in the AFC, but then Matt Schaub got hurt.

Titans 30 - Panthers 3: Notice how no one's really talking about Cam Newton anymore?

Ravens 17 - Spoilhawks 22: Yeah, that's what I'm calling Seattle now. They deserve it after both this victory and that road win over the Giants. Don't ever underestimate them.

Lions 13 - Bears 37: Keep this up and SNL might have to bring back the Super Fans. It's not like George Wendt and Mike Myers are doing anything at the moment.

Giants 20 - 49ers 27: San Francisco's not just the second best team in the NFC, they're the second best team in the NFL.

Patriots 37 - Jets 16: Oh for the...I'm just glad I don't do full power rankings week-to-week otherwise the entire AFC would be seesawing all over the place.

Vikings 7 - Packers 45: Yeah, I think you can pencil in Green Bay as running the table in the regular season.

Week 11 Pick 'Em: Everyone was fairly close for the week, but it was none other than Gumbie who landed on Perfection Island for the week. Here's how everything broke down:

My record: 3-2

Your records:

Gumbie: 5-0

MilkmanDanimal: 4-1
bighoppa: 4-1
Nightmare: 4-1
oldmanscene24: 4-1
Kush15: 4-1
Minase: 4-1

Xeknos: 3-2*
garion333: 3-2
boogle: 3-2
Enix: 3-2
Elliottx: 3-2
Jayhawer: 3-2
*Legion*: 3-2
TheGameguru: 3-2
iaintgotnopants: 3-2

LeapingGnome: 2-3

* = Somebody forgot to supply a wild card pick, so an extra ding in the loss column for you.

TheGameguru's reign as sole leader lasted only a week as now Minase and Nightmare join him tied for first place. Here's the year to date totals:

My record: 36-14

Your guys' record:

TheGameguru: 36-14
Minase: 36-14
Nightmare: 36-14

garion333: 33-17
boogle: 33-17
Kush15: 33-17
Gumbie: 33-17

Xeknos: 32-18
iaintgotnopants: 32-18
oldmanscene24: 32-18
MilkmanDanimal: 32-18

*Legion*: 31-19
bighoppa: 31-19

LeapingGnome: 30-20
Jayhawker: 30-20
Enix: 30-20

Elliotx: 26-24

Still got nothing from Landshrk83 (24-21); oh well. Taking the week off are Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Houston, which means you don't have a few gimmiees to chose from for the wild card. Here are the mandatory picks:

Jaguars at Browns: Hmmmmmm, this one is a toughie. Could go either way, really. But, Jacksonville has a running game, Cleveland has a disaster not involving someone taking their talents to South Beach. Jaguars.

Bengals at Ravens: Considering the bipolar play of Baltimore lately, this isn't necessarily a gimmiee for them. But, as many have pointed out, they seem to follow a gut-wrenching loss with a statement win. Ravens.

Seahawks at Rams: By a similar token, Seattle seems to follow a similar pattern: surprise upset wins followed by a string of failures Rams.

Titans at Falcons: Atlanta's hurting pretty bad after that loss to New Orleans and Tennessee is flying high after that crushing of Tampa Bay. With Matt Schaub out at Houston, Tennessee is poised to make a run for the top of the AFC South. Titans.

For my wild card, I'm taking the Lions over the Panthers in the Kitty Cat Bowl.

Enjoy the week, folks.

Jaguars at Browns: The Jags defense wins this one for them. McCoy just has nobody to help him out there.

Bengals at Ravens: Cincy is playing well right now, but I don't think they can beat the Ravens at home.

Seahawks at Rams: Can they both lose? No? Coin flip, then.

Titans at Falcons: I need the Falcons to beat Tennessee because I hate Bud Adams.

Wildcard
Tampa at Green Bay: Look away, Bucs fans.

Rat Boy wrote:

Vikings 7 - Packers 45: Yeah, I think you can pencil in Green Bay as running the table in the regular season.

Better use a really lightweight pencil. With two games coming up against the Lions, one of which comes on the third game in eleven days for the Packers, and is also Thanksgiving in Detroit, an undefeated season is still a tall measure to meet. Weeks 16 (Bears) and 17 (Lions), while home games, are against divisional rivals both of whom will likely be playing for something significant. There's also a road game at the Giants to consider. That's four very tough games to go, and honestly I'd be happy with breaking even.

Jaguars at Browns: I figure Colt McCoy will do something vaguely positive, and Gabbert won't.

Bengals at Ravens: The Bengals beat bad teams. The Ravens beat good teams (and lose to bad teams). I believe in the failure of the Bengals more than the failure of the Ravens.

Seahawks at Rams: Because Tarvaris Jackson cannot be stopped! Also, the Rams suck.

Titans at Falcons: It seems like the offense is based on hoping Matt Hasselbeck does lots of good things, which doesn't strike me as a long-term strategy.

Wildcard: Tampa at Green Bay: I figure I picked Tampa games when they were hard, I'll get a freebie here. This is going to be ugly. I mean, uglier than last week.

Jaguars at Browns: Jaguars
Bengals at Ravens: Ravens
Seahawks at Rams: Seahawks
Titans at Falcons: Falcons
WILD CARD: Eagles at Giants: Giants

I'm reading Bill Simmons' latest mailbag, and when I read "Someone will overpay for Manning - [like] a contender that's close..." a chill went up my spine. Fortunately, Houston's boneheaded personnel decisions seem to trend more towards holding on to folks too long, rather than taking on a foolish reclamation project.

I can't decide if this bye week is a blessing that gives Leinart more time to get up to speed, or an agonizing extension of this dreadful uncertainty.

I suppose 3-2 is a winning record, but I can't seem to shake it.

Rat Boy wrote:

Titans 30 - Panthers 3: Notice how no one's really talking about Cam Newton anymore?

Huh? The Panthers had their bye week on 11/6 and got their collective asses handed to them on Sunday. Don't write the guy off after two weeks of radio silence, one of which he was at home on the couch.

I suspect you'll be talking a lot about Cam after Sunday. Either Suh will rip Newton's head off and eat it out of his helmet at midfield with a spoon, or Newton will lead a rumble midway through the third quarter that will require four police departments and a couple companies of National Guard troops to control.

I have a feeling that Sunday's Lions-Cats game will be more UFC than NFL.

Agony seems accurate. Kube said in a presser yesterday, I believe, that Leinart had been getting more reps in practice the past few weeks so that Schaub could rest for the games. Now I can't find the sound byte to confirm that, though.

What has set my mind more at ease than anything (as much as it can be eased) is that his o-line seems to respect him and his work ethic. If the guys up front are motivated to keep him vertical, that can go a long way towards making even an average QB look good.

Houston running backs and tight ends will be fantasy PPR gold with Matt "Captain Checkdown" Leinart in the lineup. Start 'em all!

*Legion* wrote:

Houston running backs and tight ends will be fantasy PPR gold with Matt "Captain Checkdown" Leinart in the lineup. Start 'em all! :)

I'm half tempted to start both Arian Foster and Ben Tate everyweek. Tate's generally been an above average fantasy back even with Foster being a fantasy beast.

One of the really sucky things about Schaub's injury is he apparently hurt is foot on a QB sneak on 2nd and 14 within his own five-yard-line, just trying to get a little breathing room. What a pointless what to get hurt.

He tripped/stumbled a couple times getting out from under center early in the game. I'm wondering if he hot hurt earlier in the game and didn't notice/ignored it until someone sat on his foot during the sneak play.

Enix wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

Titans 30 - Panthers 3: Notice how no one's really talking about Cam Newton anymore?

Huh? The Panthers had their bye week on 11/6 and got their collective asses handed to them on Sunday. Don't write the guy off after two weeks of radio silence, one of which he was at home on the couch.

I suspect you'll be talking a lot about Cam after Sunday. Either Suh will rip Newton's head off and eat it out of his helmet at midfield with a spoon, or Newton will lead a rumble midway through the third quarter that will require four police departments and a couple companies of National Guard troops to control.

I have a feeling that Sunday's Lions-Cats game will be more UFC than NFL.

Newton's gonna with ROTY. We just aren't hearing as much because he wasn't so great this past week and Carolina has become irrelevant in the playoff ramp up. Playoffs are what people will spend more time talking about from here on out.

Jaguars at Browns: The Browns aren't good with or without Peyton Hillis.

Bengals at Ravens: Ravens are a very good team, that just doesn't matter when you play in Seattle.

Seahawks at Rams: I don't get the Seahawks the past two years, it seems like if Carroll really wants to win, they win. The Spoilerhawks is a good name for them because you never know when the team will be good.

Titans at Falcons: Despite the loss last week, Falcons are making the push to the playoffs.

Wildcard
Bucs at Packers: A-Rod is the best QB in the league.

According to Matt Schaub, his injury was caused by Fat Albert. :/

garion333 wrote:
Enix wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

Titans 30 - Panthers 3: Notice how no one's really talking about Cam Newton anymore?

Huh? The Panthers had their bye week on 11/6 and got their collective asses handed to them on Sunday. Don't write the guy off after two weeks of radio silence, one of which he was at home on the couch.

I suspect you'll be talking a lot about Cam after Sunday. Either Suh will rip Newton's head off and eat it out of his helmet at midfield with a spoon, or Newton will lead a rumble midway through the third quarter that will require four police departments and a couple companies of National Guard troops to control.

I have a feeling that Sunday's Lions-Cats game will be more UFC than NFL.

Newton's gonna with ROTY. We just aren't hearing as much because he wasn't so great this past week and Carolina has become irrelevant in the playoff ramp up. Playoffs are what people will spend more time talking about from here on out.

Back door cover DeMarco Murray.

100 674 6.7 91 2

attempts total average long and tds....

If he gets the majority of the work load the rest of the year and Dallas win their division it makes for a better season/story then Newton playing on a 4-12 team.

Quote of the year: “(With Tebow) we can’t do that other crap” -- John Fox, Denver coach

Never ever ever saw coming what Foxy is doing with Tebow. True, Fox digs the running game. He'll run on first down. He'll run on second down. He'll run the draw on third and 24. But he's also (up till now at least) a pretty conventional (read: conservative and predictable) coach who on the few times he ran the Wildcat looked like he hadn't taken a dump in a week.

He was also the least quotable coach in the league. "It is what it is" was his go-to comment no matter what the situation. Delhomme just threw 8 picks? Steve Smith just knifed a practice squad guy in the parking lot? You just won $100 billion in the lottery? "It is what it is."

Maybe it's the altitude in Denver?

Browns
Ravens
Rams
Titans

Wild Card: Packers over Bucs

Enix wrote:

Never ever ever saw coming what Foxy is doing with Tebow.

No kidding. Although, as you point out, if there's a coach that could live with running an offense that finishes a game with only 2 completed passes, it would be Fox.

Can you imagine how insane a coach like Gruden or Martz would go if handed an offense like that?

Also, since Fox is in his first year in Denver, he's got coaching capital to burn. It's much easier to be bold like that at the start of your contract than it is when you've got one year left and there's no indication whether or not an extension is coming your way.

Kevin Kolb was indeed helping out Arizona even though he was on the sidelines. Sneaky.

I like how in the NFL that's part of the game but in baseball people would be out with pitchforks and torches.

Nightmare wrote:

I like how in the NFL that's part of the game but in baseball people would be out with pitchforks and torches.

Baseball is for sissies. They run away from the rain, too.

Jaguars at Browns

Bengals at Ravens

Seahawks at Rams

Titans at Falcons

Wildcard: Jets at *cough* Tebows

Browns
Ravens
Seahawks
Falcons
wildcard Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiders over Vikings.

Jaguars at Browns: I have this as a low-scoring pick'em game (I hate when Rat Boy chooses these types of games ). The Brownies are 4-1 at home though, so that gives them the slight edge they will need to yank this one out.

Bengals at Ravens: Ravens make up for last week's debacle against the Seabags.

Seahawks at Rams: Seabags make up for last week's deviation against the Ravens

Titans at Falcons: Despite Gumbie throwing negative thoughts at him, Falcons' head coach Mike Smith decides not to go for it deep in his own territory and they win. Weird how that works sometimes.

Wildcard - Chiefs at Patriots: Patsies in a laugher.

Jaguars at Browns

Bengals at Ravens

Seahawks at Rams

Titans at Falcons

Wildcard: Panthers at Lions. I'm curious to see how Cam handles all the losing. The Panthers are rolling toward Loss No. 8 this season. I don't think Cam has ever lost 8 games total in his entire life until now.

I'm heading up to Lambeau this week for the game with my wife, her dad, and my dad. My dad, despite being a lifelong Packers fan, has never been to a game. Hopefully the weather will be nice enough for a little tailgating before heading into the stadium.
Also, do I need to find Josh Freeman and let him know things are on the rocks with MilkmanDanimal? Perhaps I should suggest that sending some flowers and candy up to MN might be a good idea?

He's having a rough patch, but I still love him. He knows that, the restraining order proves it.

I'll say it again--due to the lockout and short offseason, I'm taking nothing seriously the first half of the season (which just ended). Not Cam, not Philip Rivers sucking, not Tarvaris Jackson looking vaguely decent, not all the amazing rookie performances, not the crazy passing numbers, none of it. The Bucs are the youngest team in the league for the second straight year, and lack of practice time is harder on them than everybody else. Also, the o-line has been abysmal, and Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount are apparently still of the opinion the lockout is in place. Also, per Football Outsiders' rankings, Tampa has played the singly hardest schedule in the entire league this year so far, and that's before the Packers slaughter them.

Not worried. The team wasn't contending this year anyways; I figured they'd win 7-8 games, which I think will still happen. I think long-term this may be a good thing, particularly when the Pack annihilate Tampa this weekend; Freeman needs to have a really rough stretch to fire him up to be the offseason film/workout monster he was between years one and two. If he's like this next year halfway through the season, sure, I'll start to get twitchy.

Jaguars at Browns
Bengals at Ravens
Seahawks at Rams
Titans at Falcons
Wildcard: Cardinals at 49ers

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