5 NFL Games That Will Be Blowouts in Week 11
5 NFL Games That Will Be Blowouts in Week 11
I don't know whether I should be happy or sad that we're already preparing to enter Week 11 of the NFL season. It's amazing how time flies during the football season. It's been a wild year so far. Most of us are still trying to figure out how the Kansas City Chiefs are sitting at 9-0 while teams like the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and Washington Redskins find themselves outside of all playoff talk thus far. There's been more surprises than normal; the Carolina Panthers have also turned their misfortune around with a very impressive five game winning streak. Hey, we even got a small taste of Favre Watch 2013.
The rest of the season is sure to be filled with as many surprises as the first half of the year. There's currently about five or six great teams and a few more teams that could be threats as contenders. The rest of the league has been performing slightly above average, making for some very stiff competition throughout the league. There will always be teams in the NFL who just don't seem to belong. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings have struggled mightily through the first 10 weeks of action. The two teams have a combined three wins and 15 losses.
Week 11 is here and everyone is ready for another round of football. There are some tough games to call this week, but I want to focus more on the games that I think will result in embarrassment for one of the teams involved. I've put together a list of five NFL games that will be blowouts.
Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a statement game in their thrashing of the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have had their struggles, but the Seahawks surely drained any last bit of hope within their organization. The Seahawks have separated themselves from just being another good teams. They're on the verge of being a dominant force in this league for years to come. Meanwhile, the Vikings continue to slide; looking worse and worse each game they play. I don't see things getting any brighter before the storm in Minnesota is at full strength. They just hope to be still holding onto Adrian Peterson after the storm clouds pass over.
Final Score Prediction: Vikings 10, Seahawks 35
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
In their last meeting, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 17-6 in an upset Week 4. The Bengals are currently on a two games losing steak after starting the season hot at 6-2. The Browns still have a chance at the division title, especially if they sneak away with this game. The Browns' main problem is that they can't play well on the road. They'll have their hands full as this Bengals team looks to use the Browns as a boost of confidence as the season winds down and the playoffs near.
Final Score Prediction: Browns 7, Bengals 28
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
No one thought we'd see the Indianapolis Colts get manhandled badly by the St. Louis Rams; a team that went to work with their backup quarterback Kellen Clemens. Clemens outplayed Andrew Luck en route to a 38-8 upset on the Colts' home-field. Luck and the Colts should be able to take all of the doubt looming over their heads and use it as motivation against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football. This is a division game and one that could mean more than most expected it to just a few weeks ago. The Titans sit at 4-5, but lost their starting quarterback Jake Locker for the season in last week's game. It's a big hill for the Titans to climb on such short notice.
Final Score Prediction: Colts 38, Titans 17
San Diego Chargers at Miami Dolphins
Things have been weird for the San Diego Chargers so far this season. Philip Rivers has found his way back into the elite quarterback conversation, but the Chargers are still struggling to pull out the close wins. Everyone figured that once Rivers was "fixed" that the whole team would benefit. That just hasn't been the case. Along with the rejuvenated Rivers came a better Ryan Mathews. Mathews shined for a couple hundred-yard games then he slowly faded back into no-man's land. The Chargers can turn it on at any time. I think this is one of those weeks where we see good things for this team on both sides of the ball. The Miami Dolphins are coming off a loss to a then one-win team in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have a lot going on within that organization and everyone knows it. That's a different conversation for another day. I expect a big game from Rivers and Mathews and solid support from the defense.
Final Score Prediction: Chargers 30, Dolphins 10
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
Now here's a matchup that no one expected to be on this list. You're probably scratching your head right now, wondering what I was thinking when I decided to list this game as a potential blowout. Most of the sports world is predicting a tightly-contested football game. They're saying that the Kansas City Chiefs should be able to control the time of possession and keep Peyton Manning off the field. I know their defense is extremely fast and very physical and Manning's line hasn't been protecting him that well over the past few weeks, but expect those problems to be fixed before the Denver Broncos step out on that field Sunday. Manning's ankles are banged up; that's the only thing that has people worried about his team's chances of winning this football game. Otherwise, the Broncos are simply an all-around better team than the Chiefs and they could run away with this game if everything clicks. I'd put my money on a hobbled Manning over a healthy Alex Smith. Smith won't be able to match Manning's performance, leading to the first loss for the Chiefs this season.
Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 17, Broncos 40