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20 NFL Storylines To Follow in Week 11

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The Top 20 Storylines of NFL Week 11

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NFL week 11 is here. The week of course got underway with a great Thursday Night Football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

As per usual, the Colts got down big in the first half and had to fight back to pull out a win in this one. Andrew Luck and company weren't great, but they once again found a way to win. That's really all that matters, when you get right down to it.

Now at 7-3, the Colts are nearly a lock to win the AFC South. With the rest of the division struggling mightily, it's really just a matter of how high the Colts can climb in the AFC playoff seeding. They're currently only a game back of the Patriots for the No. 2 spot, and I like their chances moving forward.

When you look across the slate of games this week in the NFL, you'll see that there are many great games and storylines for fans to follow. But obviously, there are always exceptions. Take for instance the game in Houston this weekend between the Raiders and Texans. That game is basically for the fans and general managers of both teams. Even though it's a game that won't really matter in the scheme of things, it should give the front office folks a solid chance to make decisions about next year.

The Bucs and Falcons are also set to square off in a game that means nothing. Can Tampa get its second win of the year? Will Atlanta get its third win of the year? No one outside of those two fan bases gives a rip. That I can assure you.

But when you look at all the other games in week 11, they're chalked full of great storylines to follow. Here are the top 20 from around the league:

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Will Ed Reed Make An Impact in NYJ Debut?

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Two days after Reed was released by the Texans, the Jets agreed to a deal with the veteran safety. Many are wondering if he has anything left in the tank. We'll find out if his new team has rejuvenated him on Sunday as New York travels to Buffalo.

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Can the Jets Take Control of Wild Card Race?

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Believe it or not, the Jets are actually in control of their own destiny in the race for an AFC Wild Card Spot. One spot is sure to go to the AFC West, so there's not a lot of room for error in New York.

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Can the Ravens Get Back to .500?

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It's been a tough season so far for the defending Super Bowl champs, but they can get back to .500 with a win on the road in Chicago. If the Ravens can pull off the upset, they'll be right back in the AFC Wild Card and AFC North races.

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Will Josh McCown Play Well in Place of Cutler Again?

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McCown has looked sharp in place of Jay Cutler so far in 2013. But can he play well for a third time and lead the Bears to crucial midseason win over the Ravens?

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The Battle of Ohio

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When the season started, no one would have projected this Bengals and Browns matchup to mean as much as it does. If the Browns win, they'll have the same amount of losses as the Bengals.

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Can Bengals Stop Two-Game Skid?

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Just when it looked like the Bengals were about to run away with the AFC North, they've suddenly lost two straight games. If they can stop the bleeding against the Browns, they'll be in good shape the rest of the way.

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Will Case Keenum Get His First Win?

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Keenum has played well in each of his first three NFL starts. But he's yet to get his first win. He'll have his best chance yet on Sunday, as the Raiders are set to take on the Texans from Houston.

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Can the Cardinals Keep Their Wild Card Hopes Alive?

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You have to give Bruce Arians' team credit, just when it looks like they're done, they come back and win a couple of games. The Cardinals are now 5-4 with a showdown against the Jaguars looming in week 11.

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Is Nick Foles a Long-Term Solution for Eagles?

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Foles has been on fire as of late. He's tossed 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions over the last two games, but can he keep it rolling against the Redskins on Sunday?

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Are the Redskins Done?

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The Redskins are once again 3-6 and on the outside of the playoff picture in the NFC. If they lose to Philadelphia on the road Sunday, go ahead and stick a fork in them.

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Can the Lions Take Control of the NFC North?

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The NFC North is still wide open, but the Lions have a solid chance to pad their lead with a win over the Steelers. If they lose, while the Packers and Bears win, Detroit will be right back to where it was in week 9.

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Stick a Fork in the Steelers?

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The Steelers' season is currently on life support. A loss to the Lions will all but end their hopes of returning to the playoffs in January.

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Will the Dolphins' Season Continue to Come Unraveled?

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Things look really bleak in South Beach right now. The Jonathan Martin scandal is still hanging over the Dolphins' head and it looks like this team is headed for a terrible finish.

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San Diego's Season Is on the Line

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If the Chargers want back into the AFC Wild Card picture, they have to leave Miami with a win on Sunday. It's really that simple.

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Can Kaepernick Quiet His Critics?

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Coming off the worst game of his career, can Kaepernick answer the bell and silence his critics? One thing is for sure, it won't be easy trying to match points with the Saints.

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Is New Orleans the Class of the NFC?

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If the Saints continue to play the way they did against the Cowboys in week 10, you have to buy them as the best team in the NFC this year.

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Will the Packers Continue To Lose Without Rodgers?

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It's becoming clear that Aaron Rodgers meant more to the Packers than almost any other player does to their given team. Green Bay is now fully involved in a game of QB musical chairs and that's not where you want to be in week 11.

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Will Percy Harvin Get Revenge on His Old Team?

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Of course Harvin is set to make his season and Seahawks debut against his old team. Will he show the Vikings they made a huge mistake by trading him?

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Who's the Best in the AFC West?

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Chiefs vs. Broncos is unquestionably the game of the week in the NFL. Who will take control of the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the conference? Also, don't forget about Peyton Manning's injured ankle in this one.

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Can the Panthers Shed the 'Pretender' Label?

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The Panthers are looking more and more for real with each passing week. If they can knock off the Patriots on MNF, you have to buy them as contenders moving forward.