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NFL: 5 Games You Can’t Miss In Week 11

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5 NFL Games You Don't Want To Miss In Week 11

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As time starts to wind down in the NFL regular season, every game is important from here on out. Every win and every loss has bigger ramifications than they did earlier on in the season.

Week 11 is shaping up to be potentially the best week thus far. A lot of teams are facing games that are essentially must-wins if they want to have a chance to make the playoffs. Lots of teams are looking to keep their momentum going as they have found themselves hitting win-streaks. Some teams are looking to prove legitimacy and show us that they are a force to be reckoned with. Some teams are looking to spoil others' seasons as they're coming off of their first victories of the year.

And the most exciting part is that all of these teams have a chance to do it this week.

As you look at the game card for this weekend there are maybe only one or two match-ups that strike you as games that will be definite wins. I think we're going to see a lot of good finishes this weekend, and I expect there to be some big plays in these games. There are a few really important division match-ups this weekend too.

As far as the playoff picture goes, this is probably the most important week thus far in the NFL. The overall talent of teams this season is very high, and we're really seeing the next generation of the NFL come through.

In what is sure to be an exciting weekend in football, I'm going to breakdown the five games I think will be must-sees.

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5. Baltimore Ravens (4-5) at Chicago Bears (5-4)

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The Baltimore Ravens will look to continue to keep their season alive as they head into Soldier Field Sunday to take on the injury depleted Chicago Bears. Backup Josh McCown is getting the start for Chicago as Jay Cutler was re-injured in last week's game against the Detroit Lions. This game finds two of the early season favorites trying to get off the cusp of mediocrity. A win is huge for both teams as both are trying to stay relevant in their still wide open divisions, but they won't stay open forever. Look for Joe Flacco to have a big game through the air in a game where both teams will struggle to run the ball.


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4. Washington Redskins (3-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)

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Nick Foles will try to establish legitimacy at home this Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles will look to put the Washington Redskins one game closer to elimination and take first place in the brutal NFC East. Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are trying to keep their season alive after a bad loss in Minnesota last Thursday. Nick Foles and Riley Cooper will continue their onslaught in this game, tearing up the Skins' secondary. The Redskins will struggle to run the ball against this Philly defense. This should be a good one to watch as these division rivals both need this win.


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3. San Francisco 49ers (6-3) at New Orleans Saints (7-2)

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The New Orleans Saints are undefeated at home this season and just stomped the Dallas Cowboys. The San Francisco 49ers have been winning but are coming off of a 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers in which their offense looked brutal. Luckily for them the Saints are 23rd in the league against the rush, so expect to see a lot of Frank Gore and the read-option. Unfortunately, they're going to have to outscore this great Saints offense, and with the worst passing offense in the NFL, they're not going to have enough. Maybe they'll pull something out because if the Niners lose this game there are some serious repercussions in the playoff picture.


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2. Carolina Panthers (6-3) at New England Patriots (7-2)

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After three weeks of football who would've thought the Carolina Panthers would be 6-3 in Week 11? Actually, I didn't think either of these teams would be as good as they are. But, the point is they are really good, and the Panthers will have a chance to prove themselves at Gillette Stadium. The Panthers' front seven is ridiculous and are holding opponents to 82 rush yards per game. On top of that, they've only allowed nine offensive touchdowns this season. The New England Patriots don't have the best rush defense, so look for the three-headed monster to go hard.


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1. Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) at Denver Broncos (8-1)


The matchup we've all had circled for quite a few weeks is finally here. Now the question is, will the Kansas City Chiefs stay undefeated? We'll honestly just have to see for ourselves, because this is a hard game to predict. If the Chiefs can shut down the Denver Broncos offense and make it a defensive battle they'll win in a low-scoring affair, but they can't handle a shootout with them. Their offense isn't built for it. I can't see the Chiefs winning this game. The Broncos have too many offensive weapons and just enough on defense to have the edge in my opinion.