NFL Office Pool Picks Week 11
It feels like things are getting serious in the NFL. After this week, only two teams have byes left - the two that play on Monday night this week. The contenders are separating from the pretenders, division races are starting to be clarified, and we seem to be heading towards the postseason at high speed. This is when things really start to get fun. And hopefully profit for our office pools play. Here are the straight up picks for the week:
Green Bay at Seattle: This is a stark reminder of how hard it is to stay relevant in this league. Just a couple of years ago this would have been the marquee game of the week - one of the best games of the year. Now Green Bay has the better record, and they are just .500. These teams both feel kind of lost - screaming for a coaching change. I don't trust either team that much, but Green Bay is winless on the road, so we have to take the Seahawks.
Dallas at Atlanta: This is another game that wouldn't have been between 4-5 teams a couple of years ago. Another game between teams crying for a coaching change. Ugly. I'll take the Falcons because they are at home, but neither team is anything to crow about.
Carolina at Detroit: Detroit has lost three in a row and just isn't doing too much that is impressive right now. The new coaching staff hasn't established itself yet. Carolina is coming off a frustrating loss, but they are the much better team and get the edge here. Take the Panthers.
Tennessee at Indianapolis: Will there be a letdown for the Titans after their eye-opening win last week? That's really the question. Indianapolis has won three in a row and is playing some decent football, but if Tennessee keeps rolling they should be fine. I'll have faith. Take the Titans.
Tampa Bay at New York Giants: What a hideous game. Eli Manning earned himself a touch of breathing room, but it proves nothing - he's done and his team is lousy. But the Bucs lack an identity and seem to have accepted the futility of their current reality. Take the Giants, I guess.
Houston at Washington: Houston has won six in a row and is absolutely rolling. But Washington is in first place in their division as well, and with a win and a Dallas loss they could come very close to having the division rolled up. Tough game to call. Take the Redskins.
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville: There has certainly been no shortage of drama in Pittsburgh off the field. But they have won five in a row despite it all. And Jacksonville has lost five in a row. This is one of those games we can't over think. Take the Steelers.
Cincinnati at Baltimore: I don't know if I have ever mentioned this before, but it is a proven fact that Marvin Lewis is the worst coach in football at any level, and the addition of Hue Jackson to his staff this week is just the latest chapter in the farce. There is never any reason to trust the Bengals. Take the Ravens.
Oakland at Arizona: Arizona is lousy, but they know it and they are working on it. Oakland is lousy, they have been slow to accept it, and if they have a plan it's generally a mystery. Or perhaps less a mystery and more just idiotic. Take the Cardinals.
Denver at L.A. Chargers: The Chargers are a viable contender on a six-game winning streak. The Broncos are a total mess, a team that doesn't really do anything particularly well at this point. Mismatch. Take the Chargers.
Philadelphia at New Orleans: You would think that the defending Super Bowl champs would be a tough opponent. But they sure don't feel like it right now. They just aren't very good. And the Saints have been just great. It would have seemed unlikely earlier in the year, but this is another mismatch. Take the Saints.
Minnesota at Chicago: The winner of this game will be in first place in the division and will be in position to stay there all year if they play their cards right. Big game. Minnesota should be the better team - at least based on preseason expectations - but Chicago is very confident, and they are at home. Take the Bears.
Kansas City at L.A. Rams: The game of the year. The Rams get a boost because this one was moved from Mexico to their home field. But that's not enough in my eyes. The Rams have been getting in trouble early in games and have forced themselves to fight back. That could be tough to do here against the ridiculous offense that Kansas City has. Take the Chiefs in a tight one.
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