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Nov. 16, 2014

NFL Week Eleven Predictions

by Robert Pfefferle, Online Sports Editor, Samuel Popper, Sports Editor, Sasha Tidwell, Staff writer and Agam Mittal, Technical Staff
Standings:

1. Sam: 98-49
2. Sasha: 94-53
3. Bobby: 92-55
4. Agam: 86-61

Let's read the experts picks for a jam packed week of NFL Football.

Bills at Dolphins
Sam: Dolphins
Bobby: Dolphins
Sasha: Dolphins
Agam: Dolphins

Sam says: The Dolphins are one of the most impressive teams in the league so far. Since week four, the Dolphins are 5-2 with a loss in the very last play against the Packers, and last week’s close defeat at Detroit. The Dolphins are for real.
Bobby says: Dolphins are hotter than the temperature of Miami. Buffalo’s polar vortex doesn't stand a chance.
Sasha says: Both teams have little room for error in this late season matchup. Miami will perform better under the pressure.
Agam says: Both teams have great pass rushes and tend to play hard-fought football games. Cameron Wake and the Dolphins will take advantage of Buffalo’s weak offensive line and get the win on Thursday night.

Vikings at Bears
Sam: Bears
Bobby: Vikings
Sasha: Bears
Agam: Bears

Sam says: The Bears arguably had the worst first half in NFL history in their loss at Green Bay. Nevertheless, I like them to rebound at home against the Vikings.
Bobby says: The Bears have been hard to watch this year, and they are awful in Chicago. The Vikings haven’t looked to bad recently, Teddy Bridgewater is settling into his role quite nicely.
Sasha says: The Bears were absolutely destroyed by the Packers last week but they look to rebound against a weak Vikings squad.
Agam says: Although rookie Anthony Barr has played very well, the Vikings defense is very beatable and the Bears will look to right the ship against them.

Texans at Browns
Sam: Texans
Bobby: Browns
Sasha: Browns
Agam: Texans

Sam says: I love the decision to move Ryan Mallett to starting QB for the Texans he and the Texans will pull the upset.
Bobby says: Screw JJ Watt, the Browns are forreal. Brian Hoyer is a legitimate quarterback, and Ben Tate started to show some life last week. Browns roll.
Sasha says: The Browns have shown that they are legit.
Agam says: The Browns have surprised everyone this year but they have the league’s 26th ranked rushing defense and Arian Foster will run all over them. With big-armed QB Ryan Mallett at the helm, the Texans will surprise the Browns in this one.

Seahawks at Chiefs
Sam: Seahawks
Bobby: Seahawks
Sasha: Seahawks
Agam: Chiefs

Sam says: Road games are no longer a lock for the Seahawks. However, I like their running game, led by Marshawn Lynch, to neutralize the Chiefs pass rush and control the clock.
Bobby says: The Seahawks pass rush will win them this game.
Sasha says: The Seahawks have had their troubles this season but their defense is still in the top 5 in football and Marshawn Lynch is coming off a career game. The Seahawks will take this one on the road.
Agam says: The fans at Arrowhead Stadium will show the Seahawks 12th man who the best fans in the league are, and they will overwhelm Wilson, Lynch, and the Seahawks’ one-dimensional offense.

Falcons at Panthers
Sam: Panthers
Bobby: Falcons
Sasha: Falcons
Agam: Falcons

Sam says: The Falcons are less than impressive, even in easier games. The Panthers, back at home this week, will take advantage of a weak Falcons secondary.
Bobby says: The Panthers have had trouble with their secondary defense all season. Look for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to capitalize on that.
Sasha says: It will be a close one between two evenly matched teams but the Falcons will take this one on the road.
Agam says: Cam Newton isn't even near 100%, and he’s struggled this year, even against bad defenses like the Saints and Eagles. This will be a battle of two offenses which Matt Ryan will be able to win.

Bengals at Saints
Sam: Saints
Bobby: Saints
Sasha: Saints
Agam: Saints

Sam says: The Bengals looked rotten last week at home. The Bengals never lose at home, let alone to the Browns. I like the Saints, although A.J. Green is will have a great performance.
Bobby says: It’s hard to understand these Saints. They should win this game, as Andy Dalton is having some trouble finding his targets, but ultimately the Bengals don’t stand much of a chance. The one impressive defense has fallen to shambles.
Sasha says:
Agam says: The Saints had an impressive overtime win last week over the 49ers and I like their chances at home again against this crumbling Bengals defense.

Buccaneers at Redskins
Sam: Redskins
Bobby: Redskins
Sasha: Redskins
Agam: Redskins

Sam says: Even RG3 will be able to win this one.
Bobby says: This one’s for you, Dan.
Sasha says: At home, against a mediocre team, the Redskins should come out and crush.
Agam says: Fresh off their bye week, the Redskins will try to gain some momentum with their franchise QB RG3 back at full health against this sub-par Buccaneers defense.

Broncos at Rams
Sam: Broncos
Bobby: Broncos
Sasha: Broncos
Agam: Broncos

Sam says: Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense can still be insanely productive, even on a bad day. It’s a huge boost for the team, and their defense who is best in the NFL against the run.
Bobby says: The Rams have been impressive against high quality teams, but I don’t think they can crack this one out.
Sasha says: Peyton Manning and the high flying Broncos have passed insanely well all season. There should be plenty of that and more this week.
Agam says: The Rams have turned to their third-string quarterback Shaun Hill this week, and their offense is struggling mightily. Meanwhile, things in Denver are the same as usual with Peyton Manning playing like a superstar, so I can see them winning this one easily.

49ers at Giants
Sam: 49ers
Bobby: 49ers
Sasha: Giants
Agam: 49ers

Sam says: Last week, the 49ers found their identity as a ground and pound team. If they keep that up, they’ll be able to beat the Giants. Even though Rashad Jennings will likely be back from injury for the Giants.
Bobby says: The Giants have been all over the place this season, sometimes they look like a very good team, and sometimes they look awful. It’s hard to tell which one will show up.
Sasha says: The 49ers have struggled against teams that can throw the ball around the field. Eli Manning can do just that for the Giants.
Agam says: The Giants got absolutely torn up on the ground last week, surrendering 350 rushing yards to the Seahawks. The 49ers play a similar style of offense and will look to ride the legs of Kaepernick and Gore to a victory.


Raiders at Chargers
Sam: Chargers
Bobby: Chargers
Sasha: Chargers
Agam: Chargers

Sam says: The Raiders stay winless against a hungry Chargers team coming off a bye and a three game losing streak.
Bobby says: The Raiders are awful, and San Diego is hard to beat at home.
Sasha says: Finally the Chargers stop losing against the winless Raiders. They could go 0-16!
Agam says: The Chargers are playing very poorly of late but Ryan Matthews and a hungry Philip Rivers will bounce back against the struggling Raiders defense.

Eagles at Packers
Sam: Packers
Bobby: Packers
Sasha: Eagles
Agam: Packers

Sam says: Aaron Rodgers is playing exceptional at home. I like the Packers at home.
Bobby says: Mark Sanchez is still just Mark Sanchez, despite the hype, there’s no way the Eagles win against the Packers secondary. Eddie Lacy has also turned his season around and will run the Pack to victory.
Sasha says: The Eagles looked great defensively last week. I like them to keep that up against the Packers and ride Mark Sanchez to another victory.
Agam says: Connor Barwin and Brandon Fletcher played very well against the Panthers but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers almost broke the NFL record for most touchdown passes last week and the Eagles secondary is very beatable.

Lions at Cardinals
Sam: Lions
Bobby: Cardinals
Sasha: Lions
Agam: Lions

Sam says: As much as I love Drew Stanton, the Lions defense is for real and they will continue to win.
Bobby says: The Cardinals might just be the best team in football, Carson Palmer just gets better and better every week.
Sasha says: The Lions reminded fans how dangerous they are when they have their Stafford-Megatron duo on the field. Look for the Lions to dominate on offense and take down the best team in football.
Agam says: The Lions are probably the most clutch team in the league, winning almost every game on a comeback. I like their chances against the Cardinals though, who are without their quarterback Carson Palmer.

Patriots at Colts
Sam: Patriots
Bobby: Colts
Sasha: Colts
Agam: Patriots

Sam says: In a huge game in Indy, I like the Patriots coming off of a bye. The Pats have only scored fewer than 20 points twice this season. They scored 27 or more every game since their Monday night loss at Kansas City back in September.
Bobby says: Andrew Luck is having a breakout season, and the Patriots get stopped in their tracks.
Sasha says: The Colts need to get such a statement win at home with this one. I like their chances.
Agam says: This is a really tough game to pick but I’m going to have to go with the Patriots, who have a solid defense and a secondary that can limit Andrew Luck’s prolific offense.

Steelers at Titans
Sam: Steelers
Bobby: Steelers
Sasha: Titans
Agam: Steelers

Sam says: After a tough game last week against the Jets, we should not forget how good Ben Roethlisberger is on a good day. Against the lowly Titans, I like the Steelers to get back to their old selves.
Bobby says: Is there really any question here? Antonio Brown is going to destroy the Titans backfield
Sasha says: The Titans ground game should get them moving this week and get them the home upset.
Agam says: The Steelers are maddeningly inconsistent but they will be able to beat this bad Titans team.



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