How ‘bout them Texans? Because we all saw that coming. Any given Sunday…er, Monday night, people. As we gear-up for Week 11 in the NFL, it’s time to take a look at the top five games to watch this weekend. You’re going to have to hear me out on a couple of these, but I promise I thought ‘em through.
This would be one of those games you’re going to have to hear me out on. I know the idea of an “AFC South Showdown” is almost an oxymoron, but when you think about it, only two games separate the first place team and the fourth place team in that division. Pathetic or not, this contest could still have pretty major playoff implications, especially if the Texans or the Colts drop their Week 11 match-ups.
Even though the Packers have dropped three in a row, they’re still just one game behind the Vikings in the NFC North. Aaron Rodgers and Co. need to win this road game in order to own the potential tiebreaker since these two teams don’t meet again until Week 17. I look for Adrian Peterson to have a huge game, so Rodgers is going to have to get it together and play like the reigning MVP he is.
Andy Dalton had a typical primetime performance on Monday, going 22-38 and passing for just 197 yards. You can bet the Bengals are going to be playing tough ball this weekend to prove they’re not the team that always falls apart on a big stage. This should be a fun one in Phoenix.
This game has potentially massive wildcard implications. If the Chiefs win, the Raiders win, the Dolphins win, the Colts win, the Bills lose, and/or the Texans win, there could potentially be six 5-5 teams in the race for the AFC six seed. Just let that sink in. And watch this one.
This is my favorite upset possibility of the week, especially with Julian Edelman’s broken foot. The Bills (read: Rex Ryan) want nothing more than a win over the Pats this season. Smashing their undefeated record would make things even sweeter. I look for the Bills to at least put-up a solid fight in Foxboro to close Week 11. If they lose, though, see #4.