5 NFL Teams Who Will Definitely Lose In Week 11
Five NFL Teams Who Are Going Down In Week 11
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the NFL’s competitive structure over the last decade or so, it’s that “parity” is the name of the game, now more than ever. The old mantra of a team being able to win on “any given Sunday” holds true, and it’s just one of the things that keeps fans coming back for more each week.
Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t some teams who are just outmatched each week. Whether it’s due to injuries, matchups or just plain poor execution, teams that looked like gold just days earlier can look worse than that sweater you got for Christmas 10 years ago and never took out of the box.
In week 11 of the NFL schedule, it’s time for a lot of teams to prove that they’ve got what it takes to contend for a Super Bowl championship, or to just get out of the way and hope for a good draft pick.
For the five teams in this column, things aren’t looking too good come Sunday afternoon. Among this week’s lovable band of losers are a team that just got their first victory of the season, two of last year’s playoff teams and one organization that could be in for a very hard reality check with the toughest part of their schedule still ahead.
For reference, the picks I’m making in this column are straight wins, not point-spread results. Think of this as your Week 11 “Survivor League” guide, then sit back and enjoy the show this weekend. As always, your feedback is welcomed here!
5) San Francisco 49ers (at New Orleans Saints)
Is this the same San Francisco 49ers team that nearly won the Super Bowl last year?
San Francisco gives up a mere 211.7 passing yards per game, but their own passing offense has been anemic to say the least this season. If they fall behind early to Drew Brees and the high-powered Saints, Colin Kaepernick will have to ditch the read-option and work through the air. New Orleans is third in the league in passing defense, having allowed only nine touchdowns through the air with nine picks of their own.
Kaepernick can be a game-changer, but his best work happens when he has the ability to freestyle in the offense. The Saints will likely let the good times roll and extend their lead in the NFC South.
4) Pittsburgh Steelers (Home vs. Detroit Lions)
These aren’t your daddy’s Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, at 3-6, they don’t look a thing like the team that’s won two Super Bowl championships in the last decade. While Pittsburgh hasn’t given up much through the air this year (10 passing TDs against ties for fifth so far), they haven’t had to face a receiver as hot as Calvin Johnson this year. If Megatron starts to go off, Ben Roethlisberger will have to play the game of the year to lead the Steelers to victory.
3) Jacksonville Jaguars (Home vs. Arizona Cardinals)
You knew it was coming. The Jacksonville Jaguars got their first win of the year last week at Tennessee, but don’t let that fool you; they’re still really, really bad. Jacksonville allows the most rushing yards per game in the NFL, and give up an average of 32.3 points per game. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians insists that Rashard Mendenhall is still the starting back, but honestly it doesn’t much matter who starts. The Cardinals should roll, even on the road.
2) Minnesota Vikings (At Seattle Seahawks)
If it weren’t for Adrian Peterson, this game wouldn't even be close. The Minnesota Vikings have no reliable option at quarterback, Russell Wilson has been playing out of his mind recently and the Seattle Seahawks thrive on the raucous home environment. Add in a possible return for Percy Harvin against his old squad and this has the makings of an old-fashioned beatdown.
1) Kansas City Chiefs (at Denver Broncos)
I hear you already, Chiefs fans. Your team is 9-0. You’ve got arguably one of the best defenses in the league this year. Andy Reid has this thing turned around.
Unfortunately, this is the week reality comes crashing down. The Chiefs have feasted on sub-par competition for the most part this year, and Denver is anything but sub-par. Although Peyton Manning’s ankle injury is a concern, the Broncos just have too much firepower. Manning will get the ball out quickly this week, allowing Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas to find space in the open field.
The Broncos also know that a win at home gives them control of the AFC West once again, and puts them back in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage in the AFC Playoffs. With all that’s at stake, the Broncos won’t be denied.