After an intense Week 10 that saw heart-stopping fnishes in Pittsburgh and New England, Week 11 of the NFL season is upon us and with it a new list of Power 12 from our NFL Radio pollsters. The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots held onto their top spots, but there was some dissent from within the NFL Radio voters, Oakland and Kansas City both usurped #1 votes from the Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, after their impressive vicotry against New England, received some #1 votes in the NFC. This week’s voters were: Brady Quinn, Jim Miller, Pat Kirwan, Bruce Murray, James Lofton, Vic Carucci and Brian Lauvray.
Another week and another win for the Cowboys. Dallas, who has not lost since Week 1, is looking better and better behind the incredible play of their o-line and sensational rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas takes on the Baltimore Ravens this week at home and next week the ‘Boys face rival Washington on Thanksgiving.
Seattle’s rampage through the AFC East continued unabated last week in their victory over New England as the Seahawks completed their season sweep of the AFC East (having earlier taken down Miami, the Jets and Bills). Seattle now hosts the up and down Philadelphia Eagles.
New York Giants
A week after outlasting the Cincinnatti Bengals in a brutal streetfight of a game, the Giants get a second “bye week” against the Chicago Bears this week at MetLife. The Bears, who did not look remotely competitive last week against Tampa Bay, will be pressed routinely to make unpleasant choices with covering New York’s wideouts. Odell Beckham Jr. should feast this week.
After getting shutdown by Philly’s impressive defense last week, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones will look to get back on track this week against the always formidable “BYE WEEK.” Falcons have to be careful to not look ahead to their Week 12 game at home versus Arizona.
By nothing more than the twin virtues of not playing last week and all their NFC North rivals losing last week, the Detroit Lions are in the unfamiliar position of being in first place in the division. The Cardiac Cats now host the Catatonic Cats (uhh, the Jacksonville Jaguars) before their Thanksgiving game against Minnesota.
Washington, after a few down weeks and bad losses, bounced right back with an impressive home win against the flagging Minnesota Vikings. Say what you want about that Viking offense, but what Kirk Cousins was able to do against Minnesota’s impressive defense was downright filthy and is illegal in 22 states and terrirtories. Washington’s playoff chances will be determined in next few weeks as they play Green Bay this week, travel to Dallas in Week 12, fly across the country to face ‘Zona in the desert in Week 13 and then play at Philly in Week 14 before hosting a still dangerous Carolina squad in Week 15. Sheesh. Cross yourself, Washington fans.
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Green Bay’s seoncdary came into this season, heatlhy, but by no means as a strength of the team. Now, 10 weeks into the season, Green Bay’s secondary is an injured, laughingstock that was just shredded to pieces by Marcus Mariota and Andrew Luck in successive weeks. Kirk Cousins will feast against this shoddy unit. Roll with Jordan Reed if you’ve got ’em as well.
A week after proving themselves to be at least sorta mortal against the punishing Seahawks, New England travels to the West Coast to Tom Brady’s ancestral homeland to face the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners should provide marginally more resistance than a speed bump against an extra-focused Brady and Co.
The Raiders are the “host” team for the Mexico City junket of the NFL’s International Series. They “host” the ornery Houston Texans who, somehow despite having an indecisive and unsure Brock Osweiler under center and sans JJ Watt, are in first in the lowly AFC South. Oakland’s wideouts should find their spots against Houston’s very good secondary, but this game will be closer than a lot think. One would think that Derek Carr’s talent and leadership should be enough for an Oakland win though.
Oakland, Kansas City and Denver are in the midst of an incredibly fun divisional race and if there’s a fair or just ultimate power out in the cosmos all three teams will make the playoffs. We’ll see. In any case, the Chiefs are doing that thing where they just win a huge amount of games in a row (last year they won 10 in a row) this year they’re halfway there as they cruise into a home game against Tampa.
The Broncos have the bye this week and it really couldn’t come at a better time for this still amazing defense and still “work in progress” offense. Please see the defense’s effort in pulling the victory cake out of the oven last week against New Orleans if you need more information on Denver’s lackluster offense. In Week 12 the Broncos will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that will have sure ramifications for the Mexican standoff that is the AFC West divisional race.
Despite having no JJ Watt and a clearly confused/struggling/lost Brock Osweiler as their QB, the Texans are winning games. It very well could be powered by witchcraft as these wins are not coming via “points.” No, Houston, averaging a paltry 17.9 points/game is ranked 29th in scoring this season. Sheesh. But hey, they’ve still got that lockbox of a defense. And a wizard or warlock … evidently.
The Ravens have already had a four-game losing streak and have bookended that straek with winning streaks on each side. Baltimore is very much a representation of the average man is what I’m trying to say. Yes, the average man, your neighbor, the one who is just like you. Some wins and some losses, but about a .500 record overall in this thing called life/the NFL. Baltimore’s schedule gets significantly tougher the rest of the way and they may well go from “average” to “bad” in short order. Time will tell.
AFC Fantasy Spotlight: Martellus Bennett, TE, New England
Maybe a bit of a reach, but with Rob Gronkowski potentially missing the game with a PUNCTURED LUNG, the Black Unicorn could dominate the snaps against a very pedestrian Niners defense in a game that Tom Brady will be laser-focused on winning. Ride the Black Unicorn to fantasy glory, folks.