NFL Week 11 preview

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The Carolina Panthers moved to 4-6 after defeating the New Orleans Saints to kick-off the action in Week 11.

The Panthers outlasted the visitors 23-20 despite injuries to key players including star linebacker Luke Kuechly. Preview the rest of Week 11’s action below.

 

The BIG Three 

(5-4) Ravens @ (8-1) Cowboys

The Cowboys league-leading run offense keeps paving the way for success with the Steelers the victims. In his three meetings against AFC North teams this season, Ezekiel Elliott has averaged a whopping 113-rushing-yards whilst scoring six touchdowns.

If any team can slow the 21-year-old’s momentum at the moment it is the Ravens No.1 ranked run defense. Couple that with Terrell Suggs’ ability to hound quarterbacks and this has all the makings of another fascinating meeting between an immovable object and an unstoppable force. Kick-off 18.00

 

(5-5) Eagles @ (4-5) Seahawks

Doug Baldwin caught a hat-trick of touchdowns as Seattle defeated the Patriots last week. The victory included a staunch goal-line stand from the Seahawks that was reminiscent of their Super Bowl defeat two seasons ago. Russell Wilson has improved his play over the past two weeks with the playoffs almost in sight.

The Eagles defense certainly won’t make it easy for Wilson; they are conceding 17.8 points-per-game, the third-fewest in the league. They have been poor travelers this season however, with a 1-4 road record which could be their undoing at an always raucous CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks are unbeaten. K.O 21.25

 

(6-3) Texans @ (7-2) Raiders

The NFL returns to Mexico for the first time since October 2005 when the 49ers played the Cardinals in the Azteca Stadium, setting an all-time attendance record of over 100,000 spectators. It was the first NFL regular-season game played outside of the U.S, sparking what would become the International Series.

The ‘home team’ enter this one on a three game winning streak that included a statement victory over the Denver Broncos. With 17 touchdowns, Derek Carr has attracted MVP speculation and has the offense flying whenever he is on the field.

The Texans defense has managed to get by without J.J Watt and are the rare team who lead a division whilst having a negative point-differential. They will need to be at their best to have a hope of corralling the dynamic duo of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. K.O 01.30 Mon, 21 Nov

 

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Jared Goff starts for the Rams for the first time

Things to look out for in Week 11

A veteran quarterback plays his childhood team, a rookie gets his first start and the Browns still search for their first win:

(4-5) Steelers @ (0-10) Browns

The Steelers were on the wrong end of the most exciting game of the season as they fell to the Cowboys last week. Week 11 presents a much easier task for Mike Tomlin’s team as they go from facing the league’s best to the league’s worst in just seven days. With the Browns the first team to concede 300-points this season, this could get ugly. K.O 18.00

(5-4) Dolphins @ (4-5) Rams

The No.1 pick of the 2016 NFL draft finally gets the start that many expected would come 10 weeks ago. The quarterback drafted one spot after him, the Eagles Carson Wentz, has adjusted well to the NFL and the same will be expected of Goff who has had more time to acclimate to the demands of the league whilst backing-up Case Keenum. K.O 21.05

(7-2) Patriots @ (1-8) 49ers

Tom Brady returns to the Bay Area to take on the team he grew up cheering on as a child. A huge Joe Montana fan, Brady will play against the 49ers for the first time in his 17-year NFL career. With the Patriots coming off a loss against the Seahawks, do not expect Brady to go easy on his childhood team. K.O 21.25

 

Other games:

Thursday 17 November

(4-6) Saints 20-23 (4-6) Panthers

Sunday 20 November

(4-4-1) Cardinals @ (5-4) Vikings

(4-5) Bills @ (3-5-1) Bengals

(2-7) Bears @ (6-3) Giants

(4-5) Buccaneers @ (7-2) Chiefs

(2-7) Jaguars @ (5-4) Lions

(5-5) Titans @ (4-5) Colts

(4-5) Packers @ (5-3-1) Washington

Bye week

Broncos (7-3), Chargers (4-6), Falcons (6-4), Jets (3-7)

 

Jonathan Twumasi

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