There are several key games in week 11 that will play a pivotal role in shaping the entire NFL playoff picture. These games include two division matchups that are sure to shake up the standings and maybe create some interesting playoff picture scenarios. Here is a look at the top games for this week.
Game of the Week: Las Vegas Raiders (6-3) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1) Sunday 8:20 p.m., NBC
It’s the game of the week in the desert! This Sunday Night Football game should have an important impact on the conclusion of the AFC West Standings.
Two electric offenses will battle it out at Allegiant Stadium. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Wide Receiver Tyreek Hill and Tight End Travis Kelce go against quarterback Derek Carr, running back Josh Jacobs, receiver Henry Ruggs and Tight End Darren Waller. The Chiefs boast the second-best offense in the league behind the Arizona Cardinals. Kansas City scored 31.8 points per game while the Raiders score 28.3 points per game.
This primetime extravaganza should feature a lot of scoring. No one should expect an old school, defensive game.
Kansas City 35 Las Vegas 28
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) vs. Los Angeles Rams (6-3) Monday 8:15 p.m., ESPN
This primetime game features two teams with top defenses. However, the exciting part of this game is the Rams defense against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense. The Rams feature the second-best defense in the NFL while the Buccaneers defense is number three overall. The final outcome looks very much like a tossup or a coin toss.
However, the Buccaneers are the more balanced team and Tampa Bay’s offense has too many playmakers for the Rams defense to shut down. The best Los Angeles can hope for is to slow the Buccaneers offense down. They have to at least slow down Brady, receiver Chris Godwin, receiver Mike Evans, Receiver Antonio Brown, running back Ronald Jones, tight end Robert Gronkowski, tight end O.J. Howard and running back Leonard Fournette. The edge goes to Tampa Bay since the Buccaneers are the balanced team and can rely on Tom Brady’s experience.
Prediction: Tampa Bay 38 Los Angeles 14
Indianapolis Colts (6-3) vs. Green Bay Packers (7-2) Sunday 4:25 p.m. Fox
It’s another game that features two of the top defenses in the NFL. The Colts defense is number one in the NFL while the Packers defense is number nine in the league. However, the Packers offense is generating big stats and a lot of points per game. The Packers offense scores 30.8 points per game and the Colts offense is number 15 overall in the NFL averaging 26.9 points per game. The Colts faced a number of injuries to offensive playmakers and quarterback Phillip Rivers isn’t as consistent as he normally is. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on the other hand threw for 2,578 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Rodgers displayed pinpoint accuracy throughout the season and has a 116.4 quarterback rating.
Prediction: Green Bay 35 Indianapolis 24
Baltimore Ravens (6-3) Tennessee Titans (6-3) 1:00 CBS
The Ravens and Titans are slipping right now. These teams were off to fast starts but are showing signs of slowing down. However, Ravens defensive ends Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue should give Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill a tough time.
Prediction: Ravens 21 Titans 17
Cleveland Browns (6-3) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-5-1) 1:00 p.m. Fox
Normally no one would mention this as one of the top games of the week but this one gets an honorable mention. Cleveland looks like a playoff team right now and the Browns might make it to the wild card. The Eagles are the NFC East leader despite three wins. The Browns were hit hard by COVID 19 this week and will not start Myles Garrett. This will likely be a battle of the run as Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt look to have another 200+ rushing yard performance.
Prediction: Cleveland 24 Philadelphia 21