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Top 5 NFL Games to Watch in Week 11

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NFL's Top 5 Games of Week 11

NFL's Top 5 Games of Week 11
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At least, a weekend full of NFL games that actually matter! Week 11 features a ton of matchups that include teams with winning records and tons of playoff implications. With the way the playoff race looks right now, every game involving a team even remotely near .500 is important. Heck, we may have several 8-8 teams in the postseason this year, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing since teams like the Indianapolis Colts beat Super Bowl contenders like the Seattle Seahawks and then lose to division cellar dwellers like the St. Louis Rams. Put simply, the NFL has never been more competitive than it is in 2013.

Add in the fact teams like the New England Patriots are struggling while teams like the Carolina Panthers are above .500 for the first time since 2008 and we might have worst-to-first teams in the playoffs, or even the Super Bowl. Just look at the Kansas City Chiefs: They’re 9-0 after finishing 2-14 in 2012 and selecting Eric Fisher with the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. How does that happen?! Ok, so a new coach and a new quarterback can do that, but still.

These teams listed above are in must-win games as it pertains to potentially locking up their respective division titles early, so here are the top five games you can’t miss this week:

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5. Lions at Steelers

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The Lions at the Steelers is a weird inter-conference matchup that doesn’t feature two winning teams, but the fact both teams’ secondaries couldn’t cover a newborn with a blanket should make it high-scoring and this seems like one of those games that will have a bizarre finish.

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4. Ravens at Bears

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The Ravens at the Bears gets us back into the realm of contenders, at least semi-contenders, battling it out. Baltimore is suddenly back in the playoff race while Chicago is once again trying to survive without Jay Cutler. It’s a must-win for both teams, so expect the second half to get wild.

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3. 49ers at Saints

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The 49ers at the Saints features one of the NFL’s best defenses and one of its best offenses while the countering units aren’t bad, either. San Francisco’s run-first attack will try to slow New Orleans’ high-scoring, pass-happy approach and when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, something’s gotta give.

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2. Patriots at Panthers

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The Patriots at the Panthers is a superb Monday night matchup that gives us a reason to watch football after Sunday for once. New England has been struggling this year while Carolina is the hottest team in the league right now. In a battle of wits, Tom Brady and Luke Kuechly will make this primetime matchup worth watching.

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1. Chiefs at Broncos

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The Chiefs at the Broncos will make waiting all day for Sunday night worth it when the league’s top defense faces its best offense in an AFC West divisional showdown. Considering KC leads Denver by one game and Peyton Manning is banged up, this one will be interesting to say the least.