TNF Preview, Week 11

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We’ve reached Week 11 of the NFL Season. It’s the middle of November and the playoff races are starting to heat up. To kick off the week we get a pair of teams that are squarely in the race but headed in different directions.

Prior to Week 10, the Falcons would have been the No. 7 seed in the NFC. They barely showed up in a game in Dallas, getting blown out and dropping to 4-5, fourth in the NFC South. The Patriots started slow and moved to 5-4, then blew out the Cleveland Browns in Week 10 to move to 6-4 on the season. The Patriots are one of the hottest teams in the AFC and sit just a half game behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East.

Now the teams clash on Thursday Night Football in a game that, honestly, doesn’t look that close. The Falcons are without Calvin Ridley, leaving the passing game thin outside of rookie tight end Kyle Pitts. In addition, running back Cordarrelle Patterson was injured in Week 10, leaving him as a game time decision tonight. I suspect he’ll miss, leaving Mike Davis and Wayne Gallman to carry the load.

None of that likely matters at the Patriots’ defense has been on fire, smothering the Browns last week in a 47-7 win. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones is heating up, using tight end Hunter Henry and receiver Jakobi Myers as primary targets. The Patriots’ rushing game has been strong, too, with Damien Harris tracking to return, where he’ll team up with rookie Rhamondre Stevenson and pass-catcher Brandon Bolden.

I think the Patriots get a win tonight to move to 7-4. On the bright side for Falcons fans, since it’s not a Sunday they can grab come Chick-Fil-A at the game.

Week 11 Picks

Week 10 was full of surprises, like Week 9. I’m in a bit of a slump, as is Lindsay. Time to turn it around.

Matt’s Picks:
Patriots Over Falcons
Bills Over Colts
Ravens Over Bears
Browns Over Lions
Titans Over Texans
Packers Over Vikings
Dolphins Over Jets
Eagles Over Saints
Panthers Over Washington
49ers Over Jaguars
Raiders Over Bengals
Cowboys Over Chiefs
Cardinals Over Seahawks
Chargers Over Steelers
Buccaneers Over Giants

Last Week: 5-8
Season: 91-58

Lindsay’s Picks:
Patriots Over Falcons
Bills Over Colts
Ravens Over Bears
Browns Over Lions
Titans Over Texans
Packers Over Vikings
Jets Over Dolphins
Eagles Over Saints
Panthers Over Washington
49ers Over Jaguars
Raiders Over Bengals
Chiefs Over Cowboys
Cardinals Over Seahawks
Steelers Over Chargers
Buccaneers Over Giants

Last Week: 6-7
Season: 88-61

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.

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