Monday, January 24

NFL Picks, Week 11 Predictions: Camera-led Panthers beat WFT; Chargers Sink Steelers; The Seahawks pissed off the Cardinals

The high-profile showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs will attract the most attention in Week 11.

Of course. They are Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott and two of the best offenses in the NFL. There are three other games between teams with records of .500 or higher that will influence the landscape of the AFC playoffs.

Indianapolis travels to Buffalo, and the Colts will look to continue their winning path after a slow start. The Bengals are small road favorites against the Raiders in a two-team battle needing to snap off a two-game losing streak. Sunday night’s football game between the Steelers and the Chargers should be fun, too. Those are the matches to watch out for.

They will matter more as the season progresses.

Every week, Sporting News picks the NFL games directly. A look at our history so far:

  • Week 10: 6-7-1
  • Total: 94-55-1

With that in mind, below are our picks and predictions for Week 11:

The Titans take over; Cowboys, Patriots soar; Buccaneers, Ravens fall for week 11

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NFL picks, predictions for week 11

  • New England Patriots (-6) at Atlanta Falcons

Thursday, 8:20 pm, FOX / NFL Network

The Patriots won and covered the margin in four straight games. The Falcons have been inconsistent from week to week and have yet to win a home game. New England has 11 sacks and averages two picks per game in that streak.

Choose: Patriots 28, Falcons 20

  • Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills (-7.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Colts are a different team with a healthy Carson Wentz and a ground control attack led by Jonathan Taylor. However, they have one-point losses to Baltimore and Tennessee, and the Bills have the best statistical defense in the league.

Choose: Bills 20, Colts 17

  • Baltimore Ravens (-6.5) vs. Chicago Bears

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Bears had a bye week and the Ravens are coming off an embarrassing road loss in Miami. The Ravens are 6-3 after a loss in the past three seasons to Lamar Jackson, who will bounce back long enough at Soldier Field.

Choose: Ravens 27, Bears 21

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  • Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns (-10)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

Critics of Baker Mayfield are back in full force, and the Browns’ margin of error to reach the AFC playoffs is shrinking. Nick Chubb should return from the COVID-19 list, however, and the Lions rank 30th against the run. This is a good reminder of what Cleveland used to be.

Choose: Brown 30, Lions 19

  • Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (-10.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Titans have managed just 67.5 yards rushing in the past two weeks, but Houston allowed 136.9 yards per game on the ground. D’Onta Foreman and Adrian Peterson will spice up the running game, and the Titans will continue to find ways to win.

Choose: Titans 27, Texans 17

  • Green Bay Packers (-2.5) at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

This is a sink game for the Vikings, who can’t afford to get any further behind in the NFC North race. The Packers won the last two at Minnesota and Rodgers is 7-6 in his career. Minnesota, which has played in eight one-touch games this season, could pull off this wonder. We rely on the Packers defense (that’s correct) in a close fight.

Choose: Packers 26, Vikings 25

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  • Miami Dolphins (-3) at New York Jets

Sunday, 1 pm, CBS

The Jets have given up 43.8 points per game in their last four games, and Mike White is coming off a four-interception performance against Buffalo. The Dolphins defense came up against Baltimore, but the offense has the same difficulties, too.

Choose: Jets 23, Dolphins 20

  • New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (-1.5)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Eagles are 0-4 at home, a trend that shows its maddening inconsistency from week to week. Trevor Siemian continues to replace the Saints quarterback, and he has yet to throw an interception. If the Saints play fair, then they can go wrong down the road.

Choose: Santos 24, Aguilas 21

  • Washington soccer team at Carolina Panthers (-3)

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

Bank of America Stadium will be excited for the return of Cam Newton, who will see most of the first team representatives this week. It’s also the return of former Carolina coach Ron Rivera, who has Washington coming off a big upset against Tampa Bay. The Panthers begin to approach the playoff conversation with another victory.

Choose: Panthers 26, Washington 22

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  • San Francisco 49ers (-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday, 1 pm, FOX

The Niners are making a cross-country flight in a short week to face a Jacksonville team that has played in one-point games in three of the past four weeks. The Jaguars can absolutely steal this game, but we’re confident the 49ers will make enough plays on the road.

Choose: 49ers 20, Jaguars 17

  • Cincinnati Bengals (-1) at Las Vegas Raiders

Sunday, 4:05 pm, CBS

The Bengals are minor road favorites against the Raiders, whose season is winding down after back-to-back losses to the Giants and Chiefs. Cincinnati had a week off to prepare for this one after back-to-back losses to the Jets and Browns. If Joe Burrow can avoid the big fumble, then the Bengals will come out with a road win that will appear in the playoff chase later on.

Choose: Bengals 23, Raiders 20

  • Arizona Cardinals (-2) at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, 4:25 pm, FOX

Kyler Murray is playing? If not, then this game becomes much more difficult to choose. The Seahawks were knocked out in Russell Wilson’s first start, and they have to play with a sense of desperation here. The Cardinals have won four of the last six in Seattle, a strange trend that the Seahawks find a way to reverse.

Choose: Seahawks 23, Cardinals 20

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  • Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5)

Sunday, 4:25 pm, FOX

This should be one of the most entertaining games of the season. The Chiefs have rediscovered their magic after victories against the Raiders and Packers. Kansas City has a +3 turnover rate in those games. Dallas, meanwhile, is trying to keep up with the top spot in the NFC. Mahomes and Prescott will put on a show, but we’ll stick with the home team.

Choose: Bosses 31, Cowboys 28

  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers (-4)

Sunday, 8:20 pm, NBC

Ben Roethlisberger could make a comeback off the COVID-19 roster, and they’ll need him after last week’s ugly draw against the Lions without a win. The Chargers are 2-3 at home, and that includes losses to playoff contenders in the Cowboys, Patriots and Vikings. They need to win one here.

Choose: Chargers 26, Steelers 22

  • New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11)

Sunday, 8:15 pm, ESPN

The Buccaneers have lost two straight games and haven’t been able to cover three of the past four weeks. Tampa Bay also beat New York 25-23 in an ugly primetime victory last year. That said, Tom Brady set the tone for the week with a two-minute press conference after the loss to Washington. The Buccaneers have a hit game.

Choose: Buccaneers 34, Giants 18

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