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Most intriguing NFL games for week 11 and who will win

After a strange week 10 with upsets, a tie, Najee Harris confusion, and flip phones flying, we’re excited about week 11, but especially these three games.

Update:

Week 10 was weird, right? We had a tie between the Steelers and Lions (THE LIONS), which is not such a rare occurrence but rare enough that Najee Harris didn’t even know it was possible to tie in the NFL. We had Pete Carroll throwing a flip phone on the field, I guess thinking he could use it instead of a challenge flag? Then we had a player from the Raiders casually find some scissors on the field. Oh, and of course, the Cowboys beat up the Cardinals, Washington’s defense somehow bothered Brady and the Bucs enough to get the win, and Russell Wilson got shut out for the first time ever in the Seahawks loss to the Packers.

Best NFL games week 11

So, week 11 should be interesting after all that. The three most intriguing games are the Packers at Vikings, Cowboys at Chiefs, and Ravens at Bears, and here’s why.

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday 1 p.m. ET
Edge: Packers

This NFC North matchup is even more interesting after both teams have just come off big wins - Packers shut out the Seahawks and the Vikings defeated the Chargers. I say Green Bay still has the edge, but the Vikings are not to be immediately dismissed. They are the only team in the NFL that has had a seven-point lead in every game so far this season. Two of their losses were close games and came in overtime and all of their losses were decided by just one score, which has brought them to their current 4-5 record. The Packers have proven that it’s not just Aaron Rodgers who is their biggest weapon. Their defense has been unstoppable and they went on a seven-game winning streak after their season-opening loss to the Saints. The Vikings have a lot of talent on offense, and I’m not convinced it’s going to be enough, but it will be the key. I think the Vikings defense will be able to stop the Packers offense, especially without Aaron Jones, and I am not expecting a blowout game here. Though the Vikings offense has been looking better, is it enough to stop the Packers defense that dominated Mahomes AND Wilson? Me thinks not.

Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET
Edge: Cowboys

It’s such a shame we only get to see these two teams play each other every four years, but what better year to see it than this one? The Cowboys are considered a two-point underdog in this game, and I disagree. The Chiefs may be getting their groove back, but of the three games they won in a streak, one was against the Giants and one was against an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team. To be honest, this is a tough game for me to predict and also for me to watch. Mahomes was my college quarterback so it’s been a ton of fun watching him succeed, but, like him, I’ve been a fan of the Cowboys my whole life, and watching THEM succeed is something we’re not so used to at our age. Even still, I say the Cowboys have the edge because of their offense AND their defense. As long as the Cowboys defense can keep doing what they’ve been doing and stop the Chiefs offense, the Dallas offense shouldn’t have a problem scoring against the Chiefs defense, and they should be able to get the win. Just to remind you about Dallas’ defense…opposing QBs have the fourth-lowest rating in the NFL at 82.7. Trevon Diggs leads the NFL in interceptions (8), return yards on interceptions (142), and interception returns for a TD (2). Micah Parsons has six sacks and is second in tackles. They’ll be without Randy Gregory which is a huge loss, but even still, Dallas’ defense was able to dominate the Cardinals last week without him all the same.

Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears

Sunday 1 p.m. ET
Edge: Ravens

The Ravens and Bears matchup has important playoff implications for both conferences. The Ravens would have been the easy pick before last week, when they were dominated by the Dolphins’ defense, of all teams. The safe play calling and need for comebacks to get wins has really not done much to make me feel confident giving the Ravens the edge over the Bears. But then on the other hand, the Bears have lost four games in a row and three of those were lost by over 10 points. Normally coming off a bye week would be considered a good thing, but not in 2021. This year, teams coming off a be week are 7-9 straight up. Justin Fields is indeed performing better each week and the Bears defense is still doing a good job of stopping the opposition. They just aren’t consistent. I don’t actually have confidence in either team, but considering the Ravens’ record, I’m going with them for the win this time.

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