2015 NFL Football Betting – Week 11 NFL Betting Picks
The NFL chugs along as Thanksgiving approaches, and with the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks falling out of contention for a division championship, some new faces are very much in the hunt for high playoff seeds. That’s an interesting situation.
Best Sunday Games:
Indianapolis Colts @ Atlanta Falcons
New York Jets @ Houston Texans
Denver Broncos @ Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
The collection of good Sunday games is, again, not really all that appetizing. This is a season in which quality of play is down throughout the league. The games that occur each Sunday are significant because of the places of various teams in the standings, not the result of the involved teams having played well over the previous few weeks… because in most cases, they have not. The Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons have both been bad over the past month, and now Indianapolis will play without Andrew Luck. Matt Hasselbeck must lead the team against the Falcons, who have lost three of their last four and have lost to bad teams, the most recent one being San Francisco. Atlanta needs this game if it wants to hold onto a wild card spot in the NFC.
The New York Jets lost to the Buffalo Bills, so they need to bounce back. The Houston Texans, even with a losing record, lead the AFC South. They need to preserve and possibly add to their lead when they play the Jets this weekend. T.J. Yates might get an extended look after he won in relief last Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Denver Broncos will not play Peyton Manning this weekend in Chicago; he’s hurt. Brock Osweiler finally gets his chance to prove himself as an NFL quarterback against the Bears, who have been playing well over the past few weeks under a revived Jay Cutler. Chicago has the better quarterback in this game (and would have had the same if Manning had gotten the call for the Broncos).
The one really good showcase game on Sunday afternoon is Green Bay versus Minnesota for the NFC North lead. The Vikings are playing better right now, as the Packers have mysteriously declined after looking so good for so long. Aaron Rodgers might be physically limited in ways the public doesn’t know about. He looked that bad last Sunday in a home loss to Detroit, which hadn’t defeated the Packers in Lambeau Field since 1991. The Packers must regain their winning ways, or the Vikings will open up a two-game lead in the division under Teddy Bridgewater.
Sunday Night Football: Cincinnati Bengals @ Arizona Cardinals
This is a matchup of two teams with winning records. They both have a great chance at getting a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Bengals, though, have to be concerned after losing at home to Houston on Monday night. The Cardinals are optimistic after they very likely sewed up the NFC West with a win on the road in Seattle, also on Sunday night football. Carson Palmer shrugged off a couple of fumbles to throw some clutch passes. He looks like his best self after last season’s devastating injury cut short the Cardinals’ plans.
Monday Night Football: Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
The Patriots own an unbeaten record, and they own the AFC East. Can Buffalo send a message, or will it be more of the same in the division?