NFL Office Pool Picks Week 11
Solid enough week last week for our office pool picks - not spectacular, but solid. The important thing is that there were four games decided by more than three touchdowns, and we were on the right side of all of them. As long as you are hitting on the blowouts you are doing okay. This week we head into the last week of byes and look to score some points before we get back to a full slate of 16 games. There are a lot of what feel like fairly straightforward games this week:
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Tennessee at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is an underwhelming team at times this year - frustratingly so. They have won seven games despite that inconsistency, though. If they were on the road I would gamble and pick against them, but Tennessee isn't great on the road, and this is only Pittsburgh's fourth time playing at home so they should enjoy the boost of home cooking. Take the Steelers.
L.A. Rams at Minnesota: I have always liked Case Keenum - even when it was hard to do so - so I am happy for his success in Minnesota right now. This is a very tough L.A. team, though. They are unbeaten on the road, and Jared Goff feels 10-feet tall and bulletproof right now. Take the Rams.
Baltimore at Green Bay: This is an ugly game. The Packers are a mess - chop off the head and the creature dies. Baltimore is a long way from good, and they don't have the excuse that Green Bay does. Take the Ravens. I guess.
Detroit at Chicago: Chicago is feisty. Not talented, but feisty. I respect that. Detroit is the better team, though, and they have quietly been quite strong on the road this year. Take the Lions.
Washington at New Orleans: I have been skeptical of these Saints all season. Until last week. For a southern team to head into Buffalo in November and beat a pretty decent Bills team absolutely senseless is very impressive. I can't doubt them anymore - for now, at least. Take the Saints.
Jacksonville at Cleveland: There is a surefire test to apply here. It goes like this, and it is unbeatable - is one of these teams Cleveland? If the answer is yes then you automatically and very confidently pick the other team. Take the Jaguars.
Arizona at Houston: Both these teams are deeply flawed and far below where they should be. I think that the Cardinals are slightly less mentally defeated at this point, and they have a slightly better QB situation. Take the Cardinals.
Tampa Bay at Miami: Rarely has a battle of Florida been less inspiring. Jay Cutler only plays for one team, so despite all of the concerns about Tampa Bay and their mindset and effort that will be the deciding factor. Take the Bucs.
Kansas City at New York Giants: The Chiefs have been a shadow of their former selves the last couple of weeks, but they have had a bye week to get right, and they should be better now. And they are playing the Giants, who can make anyone look good - even San Francisco. Take the Chiefs.
Buffalo at L.A. Chargers: The Bills were badly humbled last week, they don't play great on the road, and they face a tough trip across the country here. The Chargers haven't been great at 'home', but they should be better. Take the Chargers.
New England vs. Oakland (in Mexico City): The Patriots have issues, but they have been far less obvious the last few weeks as they have been rounding into expected form. The Raiders, meanwhile, have struggled to fulfill the heavy expectations they went into the season facing. This is much more of a mismatch than one would have imagined in August. Take the Patriots.
Cincinnati at Denver: The Broncos have a messy QB situation and just aren't very good. The Bengals are the perfect remedy for that, though - they are just not good. Take the Broncos.
Philadelphia at Dallas: I have been a believer in these Eagles for a couple of months now, and they have yet to let me down. The Cowboys are not good, and last week they looked like the weight of this bizarre season was wearing them down. Take the Eagles.
Atlanta at Seattle: The Falcons are not as good as their record - and the record isn't exactly great. Seattle isn't perfect by any means, either, but they are at home and they are playing a tough style of football that Atlanta won't respond well to. Take the Seahawks.
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