NFL picks and predictions: Week 11

Ten weeks in, the NFL landscape has taken shape. Week 11 gives us a number of intriguing matchups -- most notably the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings facing off with both looking to get back on track, and the Houston Texans traveling to take on the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football.

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We picked all of this weekend's games below. Take a gander and let us know where you disagree.

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers (CAR -3.5)
Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET


The Panthers' backs are against the proverbial wall, already with six losses and dwelling in the NFC South's cellar. Against the Saints defense, they should be able to stay afloat to improve to 4-6.

Pick: Panthers

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings (EVEN)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Vegas has this one as a toss-up, with both sides capable but in the middle of a rough stretch. But with Carson Palmer on a bit of an individual hot streak, we like Arizona's offense, so long as David Johnson touches the ball early and often.

Pick: Cardinals

Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals (CIN -2.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Tyrod Taylor has impressed over the last few weeks, which, coupled with a rock solid rushing game, gives Buffalo a formidable offensive attack. With the Bengals reeking of mediocrity lately, we see Buffalo coming out with a road win.

Pick: Bills

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants (NYG -7.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

Cincinnati Bengals v New York GiantsGetty

The Giants may not be as good as their record implies, but with the Bears coming into town, they'll be improving to a very impressive 7-3.

Pick: Giants

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns (PIT -8)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

A date with the Browns could be exactly what the Steelers need to get back on track. But if this score is at all close, it may be time to panic in Pittsburgh.

Pick: Steelers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Kansas City Chiefs (KC -7.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

The Chiefs have allowed more than 14 points just three times all season. While the Bucs' offense has been flexing its muscle over recent weeks, Kansas City's defensive corps may be the best the league has to offer.

Pick: Chiefs

Baltimore Ravens vs. Dallas Cowboys (DAL -7)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

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It's a battle between two division leaders, but ones of entirely difference classes. At 5-4, the Ravens have endured a four-game losing streak and benefitted from the futility of its rivals to grab hold of a playoff spot for now. Dallas, however, has been the most consistent consistently dominant team in the conference, and arguably the league.

Pick: Cowboys

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions (DET -6.5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

All of a sudden, the Detroit Lions are in first place. And after watching Jacksonville's season completely derail over the last month, there's no way we can confidently pick them to win this type of road game.

Pick: Lions

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts (IND -3)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

The Titans are making strides, but having alternated wins and losses since Oct. 16, we see that trend continuing in Indy in this battle to stay relevant in the AFC South race.

Pick: Colts

Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Rams (MIA -1.5)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET

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Miami has been hitting its stride as of late, with both side of the ball clicking. Jay Ajayi has rushed for 152 yards per game, and against a mediocre Rams run defense, we like his chances.

Pick: Dolphins

New England Patriots vs. San Francisco 49ers (NE -13)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

For the second week in a row, the Niners are two-touchdown underdogs. They actually made it a close one last Sunday against Arizona, but against a Patriots team coming off a rare loss, they won't get so lucky.

Pick: Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks (SEA -6.5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET

Coming off their best win of the year, the Seahawks have momentum behind them for a Week 11 matchup with Philadelphia, which is fighting for its postseason lives. At home, though, we don't think it'll be particularly close.

Pick: Seahawks

Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins (WAS -2.5)
Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET

The Packers are at a crossroads, now in third place in the NFC North. It won't be easy facing Washington on the road, but with an abysmal 4-6 record on the line, we expect Green Bay to tough it out.

Pick: Packers

Houston Texans vs. Oakland Raiders (OAK -5.5)
Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET

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In a dog fight to stay on top of a highly competitive AFC West, the Raiders play host to the leaders of arguably the worst division in football. With so much on the line, in primetime, at home, we like Oakland to improve to 8-2.

Pick: Raiders

Week 11 Power Rankings

NFL Power Rankings: Week 11
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NFL Power Rankings: Week 11

31. 49ers (1-8)
Last Week: 31

Make that eight straight losses now for the 49ers, who host the Patriots on Sunday, and will feel the wrath of a Pats team coming off a loss.

(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

30. Bears (2-7)
Last Week: 28

After a one-week anomaly, the Bears all hate Jay Cutler again. With Alshon Jeffery now suspended for the next four games, there's not much hope in Chicago.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

29. Jets (3-7)
Last Week: 30

Bryce Petty threw his first career touchdown, but all signs point to him not being an NFL-ready quarterback -- while the other option is an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, who still leads the NFL in interceptions.

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

27. Panthers (3-6)
Last Week: 20

The Super Bowl hangover continues for last year's runner-up, as they're now firmly out of the playoff picture.

(Photo by Chris Rodier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

25. Rams (4-6)
Last Week: 26

For the second time this season, the Rams won a game in which they failed to score a touchdown. Not exactly a recipe for long-term success, though.

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

24. Buccaneers (4-5)
Last Week: 23

Tampa Bay blew out the Bears in Week 10, and while their season won't result in a playoff berth, it's been a fun step forward.

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21. Chargers (4-6)
Last Week: 15

They're far from the bottom of the league in terms of talent, but the Chargers just have too much to overcome to compete with the best teams in the league. They're prone to slip-ups, and dropping a crucial one to Miami last week may have crushed their playoff hopes already.

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

17. Steelers (4-5)
Last Week: 13

There's not a lot of shame in losing to the 8-1 Cowboys, but with Ben Roethlisberger and other Steelers vet worried about the team's dedication, we're officially worried about how far Pittsburgh can go despite all of its offensive weapons.

(Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

16. Dolphins (5-4)
Last Week: 24

That's four straight wins now for Miami, who now takes over as the second-best team in the AFC East. With a little luck, they could position themselves for a late-season push.

(Photo via Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

15. Bills (4-5)
Last Week: 12

Buffalo saw Miami pass them in the AFC East during the bye week. They already face an uphill battle to get to the postseason -- where no Rex Ryan team has played since 2010.

(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

14. Packers (4-5)
Last Week: 9

What's wrong with the Packers? Their record has now dipped below .500 after a brutal loss to Tennessee, making it three straight losses where they've allowed at least 31 points in each game.

(Photo by Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

13. Vikings (5-4)
Last Week: 10

It's clear that Minnesota's early-season dominance was a mirage, but now they'll be forced to prove that they're playoff caliber in the weeks ahead.

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

12. Cardinals (4-4-1)
Last Week: 11

They beat San Francisco at home, but 23-20 is way too close for comfort against a team that hasn't won since Week 1.

(Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

11. Eagles (5-4)
Last Week: 16

The Eagles beat an impressive Falcons team, proving that they're a legitimate threat to even the better squads when they leave the door open. If Carson Wentz can finish his rookie season strong, Philadelphia will be in the conversation until the end.

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10. Redskins (5-3-1)
Last Week: 18

That pesky tie has Washington a shade off New York's pace, for the top Wild Card spot, but still maintain control as the last team in. With a strong second half, they'll be in the postseason for a second straight year -- something the franchise hasn't done in more than 20 years.

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

9. Giants (6-3)
Last Week: 14

At 6-3, and with the Bears and Browns up next the Giants are positioning themselves for their first postseason appearance since 2011 -- and it's well-known how dangerous they can be once they're in it.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

8. Falcons (6-4)
Last Week: 6

Atlanta has its fanbase on edge, given how it faired in the second half last year, but a bye week should help preparation ahead of a matchup with an inconsistent Cardinals team in Week 12.

(Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

6. Broncos (7-3)
Last Week: 7

The offense remains a concern, but Denver's defense remains championship caliber. They marched to a Lombardi Trophy last year in similar fashion, so who are we to doubt them this season?

(Photo by Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

4. Chiefs (7-2)
Last Week: 4

Kansas City just keeps on rolling, this time with a come-from-behind win on the road against Carolina. They'll need to take care of business this week against the Buccaneers, but a crucial matchup awaits in Week 12 against the Broncos on Sunday night.

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

3. Patriots (7-2)
Last Week: 1

New England finally looked vulnerable against the Seahawks in Foxboro, and their road could become a bit more challenging than expected if Rob Gronkowski misses any significant amount of time.

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2. Seahawks (6-2-1)
Last Week: 5

They pulled off something nobody had done this season by beating Tom Brady in Foxboro. Seattle has separated itself from the pack in the NFC West, and only one team stands in their way from being considered the unanimous conference favorites.

(Photo by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

1. Cowboys (8-1)
Last Week: 2

The only thing that can stop the Cowboys is themselves. With Tony Romo back active this week, will Jerry Jones be able to resist the urge to unseat his rookie quarterback on an eight-game win streak?

(Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)


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