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NFL Week 11 Predictions

Christopher Coppock, Law Murray, Russell Simon, David Tobia |
November 15, 2013 | 5:03 p.m. PST

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Josh McCown has been a formidable backup so far, but can he keep Chicago atop the North? (rrstar/Flickr)
Josh McCown has been a formidable backup so far, but can he keep Chicago atop the North? (rrstar/Flickr)
Baltimore Ravens (4-5) @ Chicago Bears (5-4)

Christopher Coppock: Ravens 20, Bears 17

Coming off a Week 10 loss to the Lions, the Bears will be looking to bounce back against their rivals from Baltimore. Unfortunately for them this isn't going to happen. Despite a rather disappointing season so far, Ray Rice will find his feet against a Bears defense that can be vulnerable against the run. Throw in a fumble from Matt Forte for good measure. Either way, Baltimore will come out on top in a close game. 

Law Murray (@1maddskillz): Bears 23, Ravens 20

Chicago will be starting backup QB Josh McCown, who absolutely should have started last week against the Lions. He has shown on multiple occasions that he is capable of putting up points in Chicago's high-scoring offense. Baltimore QB Joe Flacco had his only 4-TD game in his only other game against the Bears in 2009, but that game was in Maryland. The Ravens have been extra shaky on the road this season (1-4), and Chicago's subpar defense might serve as another low point in Baltimore RB Ray Rice's abysmal season (2.5 yards per carry, worst in NFL >115 carries since 1966).

Russell Simon (@RSimonSays_USC): Bears 23, Ravens 12

This Bears team has just been ravaged by injuries. They have four defensive players on the season-ending IR list, and quarterback Jay Cutler is once again out while dealing with ankle and groin issues. However, QB Josh McCown has proved to be a more then capable backup. McCown has thrown for four touchdowns and no interceptions in three appearances so far this season. He engineered a late come from behind touchdown scoring drive last week in Detroit, where the Bears fell 21-19 because they could not convert the two-point conversion after scoring that touchdown. The Bears' offense should continue to perform well on Sunday, and I expect a big day from WR Brandon Marshall, who has caught 14 passes for 256 yards in the last two games.

David Tobia (@DavidTobia): Bears 23, Ravens 17

Alshon and Brandon

Two tall, talented fellows

Footballs will be caught

Drew Brees and the Saints are nearly unbeatable under the Dome. (dbking/Creative Commons)
Drew Brees and the Saints are nearly unbeatable under the Dome. (dbking/Creative Commons)
San Francisco 49ers (6-3) @ New Orleans Saints (7-2)

Coppock: 49ers 27, Saints 24

Drew Brees is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game, but despite this fact, and the fact that the Saints are scoring at a pretty incredible rate, I'm still picking the 49ers for this one. Why? Because last week the 49ers lost to the Panthers and thus that means, in this ridiculous and strange NFL season, that San Francisco will manage to beat a team that nearly put 50 points on the Cowboys last week. Roll Tide. 

Murray: Saints 28, 49ers 21

Teams have come into the Superdome feeling pretty good about themselves this season, only to get curbstomped something serious. The 49ers went from "cruise controlling five-game winning streak" to "crisis mode" after a lifeless second-half against the Panthers. New Orleans doesn't even pretend to stop the run (5.0 yards per carry allowed, worst in NFL), and the 49ers are all about #thatPOWER (league-leading 15 rushing TDs). Both teams have played well outstanding pass defense this season. New Orleans QB Drew Brees has 18 TD passes at home and only two INTs; he needs to avoid mistakes, as his two pick-sixes allowed San Francisco to win last year's matchup.

Simon: 49ers 41, Saints 38

It was a defensive battle last week in Candlestick Park where the 49ers surprisingly fell to the upstart Panthers 10-9. That game should be nothing like the one the 49ers play this Sunday, when they take on the high-flying Saints offense. New Orleans is coming off a 49-17 obliteration of the Cowboys, where Drew Brees put up typical numbers for him, nearly 400 yards and two touchdowns. However this 49ers D is tougher, plus I think that Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers' offense can get back on track this week. I like San Francisco in a close game.

Tobia: Saints 30, 49ers 18

Two powerful teams

One who prefers speed to strength

I trust Mr. Brees

Eli face. (Sports Pickle/Flickr)
Eli face. (Sports Pickle/Flickr)
Green Bay Packers (5-4) @ New York Giants (3-6)

Coppock: Packers 14, Giants 10

Aaron Rodgers might be injured, but frankly I don't really care. The Giants are so bad they still won't be able to overcome the curse that seems to be plaguing New York teams this year. The Giants aren't as bad as the Jets, but they certainly aren't much better. The Packers' defense will step up and make sure Eli and Co. really struggle to gain any momentum. 

Murray: Giants 21, Packers 17

The Giants have embarrassed the Packers over the last two seasons, and that was with former MVP QB Aaron Rodgers starting. This time around, the Giants are getting another schedule blessing in Green Bay backup QB Scott Tolzien, making his first career start. Make no mistake - the Giants are still not playing good football, and neither is QB Eli Manning (11 TD passes, league-leading 16 INTs). But Tolzien isn't Green Bay's only concern, or even their biggest. Green Bay has allowed passers to throw 17 TD passes and only three INTs, and CB Casey Hayward won't be around.

Simon: Giants 28, Packers 10

Aaron Rodgers is out yet again for a Packers team that is reeling in his absence. The Giants seem to have finally put it together as they have won two games in a row after starting the season off 0-6. None of this bodes well for Green Bay and if the Giants can limit their turnovers, I expect them to get yet another pretty easy win.

Tobia: Giants 15, Packers 10

I am from New Jersey

So is this year's Super Bowl

Giants will win it 

Andy Reid is the NFL's second-best coach after a bye week. (Scrape TV/Flickr)
Andy Reid is the NFL's second-best coach after a bye week. (Scrape TV/Flickr)
Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) @ Denver Broncos (8-1)

Coppock: Chiefs 24, Broncos 20

Since losing to Indy, Denver has looked quite vulnerable. Playing against the only remaining undefeated team in the league, the Broncos will struggle to hang on. Despite the distraction caused by David Bowe's arrest earlier this week, the Chiefs will manage to focus in and continue their winning streak. Peyton may be great, but he can't win a game all by himself. 

Murray: Broncos 27, Chiefs 23

Let's not pretend that Dwayne Bowe getting caught with the Bake Griffin and Spliff Paul changes things on the field that much - Bowe is barely getting touches this season. This game is like the stoppable force (Kansas CIty's 25th ranked offense) versus the movable object (Denver's 20th ranked defense). I don't doubt Kansas City head coach Andy Reid's ability to prepare a team to win coming off the bye (13-1 in Philadelphia), and I believe that the Chiefs and their league-leading pass defense will hold Denver to a season-low point total. But this is a brutal matchup on the road for RB Jamaal Charles against a Denver defense allowing 3.4 yards per carry.

Simon: Broncos 28, Chiefs 25

At long last, the game of the year in the NFL is here. The 9-0 Chiefs meet the 8-1 Broncos in a battle of contrasting styles. The Broncos have a dynamic offense led by probably MVP Peyton Manning while the Chiefs D has been unbelievable, giving up only 12.3 points per game. However, this might be the first game all season that the Chiefs are going to have to rely on Alex Smith to be more then a game manager if they want to win. Smith has been decent, with 9 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions, but he has had to step up and lead the Chiefs to a win over a good team yet this year. He has that chance, but I do not think he will be able to take advantage.

Tobia: Chiefs 20, Broncos 17

Broncos are better

Peyton's arm should win this game

But Chiefs ride horses

Gronk is back, and so is a cavalcade of healed Patriots. (Creative Commons)
Gronk is back, and so is a cavalcade of healed Patriots. (Creative Commons)
New England Patriots (7-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-3)

Coppock: Patriots 36, Panthers 14

The Patriots finally have a receiving corps that is living up to their lofty potential. Aaron Dobson has really started to produce over the past few weeks, and the return of Gronk and Amendola from injury hasn't exactly hurt Tom Brady's chances of finding a target on any given down. Carolina, for their part, are having another ho-hum season, and aren't going to be able to put up much of a fight against a New England squad that is scoring at full chat.

Murray: Patriots 24, Panthers 21

This two teams met in the Super Bowl ten years ago, and the Patriots still have the same QB, while the Panthers still have WR Steve Smith. Smith will lock horns against returning Patriots CB Aqib Talib, and QB Cam Newton should be able to make plays against a Patriots defense that will be preoccupied with defending a seam-stretching TE (Greg Olsen) with their slow-footed LBs. New England head coach Bill Belichick is 10-3 when coming coming off a bye week, and the Patriots went into the bye by dropping 55 points and over 600 yards of offense on the Steelers. Carolina has a much better defense than Pittsburgh, so don't expect New England to blow the game open. But the Patriots may get RB Shane Vereen back, and in addition to TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Danny Amendola, that would make the New England offense as good as it has been all season.

Simon: Patriots 21, Panthers 14

The Panthers had their coming-out party last week when they beat the 49ers on the road 10-9. That defense is ferocious, but they will be facing a Patriots offense that came alive two weeks ago against the Steelers. The Pats rarely lose after coming off of their bye week and I think that trend will continue as the Patriots win a close game.

Tobia: Panthers 16, Patriots 15

A timeless battle 

Cats verses the musket men

The Panthers say "Rawwr"

Standings after Week 10

David Tobia 33-17

Law Murray 26-24

Russell Simon 25-25

Christoper Coppock 24-26 (given 0-5 for last week’s no-show)

Matthew Tufts 24-26



 

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