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NFL Week 11 2009

By: Nick Popyack

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       The season has started to take its toll on some of the league’s bigger names, and some teams are being affected more than others. Ronnie Brown, Brian Westbrook, Cedric Benson and Kyle Orton were all injured last week, and it just proves my point about a longer season. Why make the NFL regular season longer if players can’t even make it through 16 games? Anyway, we’re in for another good weekend of football. Here’s week 11.

Miami Dolphins @ Carolina Panthers
[Thursday 8:20]

       As I stated above, Ronnie Brown was injured last week in the Dolphins’ win against the Bucs, but the news following wasn’t good for Dolphins fans. Ronnie Brown is out for the season, making Ricky Williams the starting runningback. This is a huge difference for Miami and their Wildcat approach. Ronnie Brown was by far the best Wildcat ‘quarterback’ in the league, and they are going to miss him big time. Now, they probably won’t shy away from using it any less than usual, but I don’t see them being anywhere near as successful. The Panthers also have some injured runningbacks, but they were both questionable last week and played, so there’s a good chance they’ll both play in this game. While their right tackle Jordan Gross is also out for the season, I think the Panthers offense will do fine, and their defense which has been playing better since their bye week will stop Ricky Williams’ version of the Wildcat.
Carolina Panthers

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs
[Sunday 1:00]

       Man, the Madden Curse has been unforgiving for Troy Polamalu this year. He’s only been healthy for five games this whole year, and, while his team has performed well in his absence, they haven’t been playing on the same level as last year when they won the Super Bowl. While I believe they won’t have any trouble dealing with the Kansas City Chiefs, who have one of the worst offenses and defenses in the league, they need him healthy for the next week when they take on the Ravens.
Pittsburgh Steelers

San Francisco 49ers @ Green Bay Packers
[Sunday 1:00]

       Both the 49ers and the Packers, after their playoff hopes were in jeopardy, responded with defensive stands and held their opponents to six and seven points, respectively. This sets up a very defensive matchup for week 11. The added variable to remember here is the 49ers having three extra days of rest. While this could be a huge advantage, I still think the Packers have the upper hand. They have a better quarterback and better receiving corps, as well as the fourth ranked defense in the league. While the 49ers had success against Jay Cutler, another NFC North quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, will have the final say.
Green Bay Packers

Cleveland Browns @ Detroit Lions
[Sunday 1:00]

       If this game isn’t blacked out, there’s hope for America’s economy, because if Americans are willing to pay for a game featuring two of the worst teams in the league, they’ll be willing to pay for anything. These teams, though both stuck on the one win mark, are on two different paths. The Lions believe in their first round quarterback, their new head coach, and their players. The Browns can’t decide which quarterback they’d rather have lose the game for them, so they switch to keep it interesting. Their fans, loyal till the end, have had enough of Eric Mangini already, and the Browns keep trading away their best players. I couldn’t agree less with the way the Browns are running things, and couldn’t agree more with the way the Lions are running things. Anyway, on a short week, and with the worst offense and defense [yard-wise], I’m going with the Lions, because the Browns are still the worst team in the league.
Detroit Lions

Indianapolis Colts @ Baltimore Ravens
[Sunday 1:00]

       The Colts really proved something last week in their win over the Patriots. First, they proved that their defense can make a stand when it counts, and second, they proved that Peyton Manning is still the best quarterback in the league. Manning leads the league in passing yards, touchdowns, completions, attempts and completion percentage, but that’s all secondary to their undefeated record. The Ravens, though having a good year as well, find themselves at third place in the division, and their playoff hopes aren’t getting any more realistic with the Bengals and Steelers [and the Browns, for that matter] playing teams that have won two games each. This is a must win game for them, but, based on the job Manning did last year against Baltimore [19 of 28, 271 yards and three touchdowns], I’m predicting the undefeated to stay undefeated.
Indianapolis Colts

Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings
[Sunday 1:00]

       Do you know who has the best quarterback rating in the league? It’s not Payton Manning or Tom Brady. It’s not Aaron Rodgers, Matt Schaub, Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger or even Drew Brees. Think 1995… Yes, It’s Brett Favre! Favre has thrown 17 touchdowns this year against only three interceptions and is completing 68.1% of his passes. With only four turnovers total this year, Favre is one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league right now. As much as I didn’t like him coming out of retirement AGAIN, I have to admire the job he’s done in Minnesota, and I’d be hard pressed to pick against him. Against Seattle’s concussed cornerbacks, Favre will keep his team atop the division.
Minnesota Vikings

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys
[Sunday 1:00]

       Last week was a weird one for both of these teams. The Cowboys had their first loss in four weeks, and the Redskins had their first win in four weeks. Also, the Cowboys scored only seven points, a season low, and the Redskins scored 27 points, a season high. One of the Redskins’ touchdowns was thrown by their punter. Their punter! See why last week was so weird? The Cowboys were against a tough defense last week, while the Redskins capitalized on Kyle Orton’s injury to pull out a win. However, before he went to the locker room, Orton connected on two deep passes for touchdowns. The Cowboys love the double move-bomb, so expect a lot of that, and probably a lot of success. The Redskins had success last week against a fading Denver team, but they’ll have to do better against a Dallas defense that’s had three or more sacks in the last seven games.
Dallas Cowboys

Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonville Jaguars
[Sunday 1:00]

       After three straight seasons ending with 7-9 records, and in the midst of a 3-6 season that’s starting to look like a lost cause, the Bills fired head coach Dick Jauron. Perry Fewell, their defensive coordinator, will take over for the remainder of the season, but it couldn’t have come at a worse time. The Bills are allowing a league high 173 rushing yards per game as well as a league high 5.1 yards per rush. This week, they also are out their best defensive lineman, Marcus Stroud, and their starting outside linebacker, Keith Ellison, is out for the season. More and more points toward Maurice Jones-Drew, leading the league in rushing touchdowns with 12, having a huge day, and the Bills not being able to do anything about it. I’m going with the Jaguars, though, even with a 5-4 record, they aren’t very dependable.
Jacksonville Jaguars

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants
[Sunday 1:00]

       I don’t understand how the Giants, having lost four straight, still have the top ranked defense. Well, yards-wise. Points-wise, they’re in the bottom third of the league. This may lead people to believe that the Giants will keep on losing, but I think otherwise. The Falcons haven’t been very consistent over the past few weeks, and Michael Turner is injured. Matt Ryan has thrown 12 interceptions this year after throwing only eleven in his rookie campaign. Though ‘Matty Ice’ is on pace to throw for more yards and touchdowns than he did last year, he’ll have a hard time doing so with Jason Snelling, one of the only healthy runningbacks on the Falcons roster. The Giants, on the other hand, have had their bye week to prepare for this, and you can believe that Tom Coughlin knows how to get his team ready for an important game. I expect the Giants to [at least temporarily] bounce back against Atlanta.
New York Giants

New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
[Sunday 1:00]

       The Saints have the highest scoring offense in the league. They have the most yards gained in the league. Their defense has scored more touchdowns than the Browns offense. They finally have a rushing game. So why do I have such a bad feeling about this game? It might be the fact that the Saints came dangerously close to letting the Rams steal their win away from them. It might also be the fact that the Saints have allowed 100-yard rushers in three straight games after six straight without one. The Saints are running out of undefeated magic, and the Bucs look good behind Josh Freeman. Though my gut is telling me the Saints are gonna lose this one, logic and statistics are telling me they won’t.
New Orleans Saints

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
[Sunday 4:05]

       Steven Jackson is a beast. By far, he’s the best player the Rams have, offense, defense or special teams. He’s on pace for his fifth straight 1,000 yard season, and in none of those has his team been over the .500 mark. Whatever the Rams do, they cannot let him go into free agency, because he is their only offensive hope. On the flip side, the Cardinals are clicking on all cylinders. Known for their passing attack, their rookie runningback Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells averaged 5.1 yards a carry and scored two rushing touchdowns. Kurt Warner was 29 of 38 for 340 yards, and a healthy Anquan Boldin caught eight passes for 105 yards. This is bad news for a Rams team that allows 378 yards a game. I think you know which team I’m picking.
Arizona Cardinals

New York Jets @ New England Patriots
[Sunday 4:15]

       What happened to the Jets? After a stellar 3-0 start, New York has gone 1-5, their only win coming in a blowout against the Raiders. Mark Sanchez, starting out the first three wins with only two interceptions, has thrown ten in his last six games. Things don’t get easier for the Jets, either. They have to face a Patriots team that let the game slip away from them. No, scratch that. They gave it away. Every single football analyst I’ve heard talk in the past week has defended Bill Bellichick’s decision to go for it on fourth down at his own 28 yard line. The 28! This isn’t a Madden NFL 10 game, Bill, you’re not supposed to do that! No matter how many stats and opinions are thrown at me, I cannot agree with the call. You might think I’m only saying this because he didn’t get it. No, as soon as Tom Brady went back onto the field, I imagined the worst happening. And it did happen. All the percentages may be against my opinion, but you don’t go for it on your own 28 when you’re winning… Anyway, the Patriots should have beaten the Colts, but they will beat the Jets.
New England Patriots

Cincinnati Bengals @ Oakland Raiders
[Sunday 4:15]

       For once, I’m going to defend JaMarcus Russell. If you saw the ‘highlights’ [more like lowlights] I saw, you didn’t see Russell missing on throws. On the contrary, he was putting the ball right where it needed to be. The problem was his receivers kept dropping his passes, most notably, Darrius Heyward-Bey. Two of these passes were tipped upward and intercepted, resulting in Russell being benched. I might agree slightly with the action, but not the reason. If anything, Heyward-Bey should be benched. Anyway, with Gradkowski now in charge of throwing dropped passes to this incredibly weak receiving corps, the Bengal defense will take over.
Cincinnati Bengals

San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
[Sunday 4:15]

       It looks like the Broncos have finally run out of luck. Their starting quarterback, Kyle Orton, suffered an ankle injury, and is going to be a game time decision against the high flying Chargers. The Chargers haven’t scored less than 21 points all season, and with Phillip Rivers playing the way he has been, there’s little reason to think he won’t lead his offense to another 21+ point weekend. There’s also the reemergence of LaDainian Tomlinson, who, last week, rushed for 96 yards on 24 attempts with two touchdowns, all season highs. If LT can get back on track, I don’t see the Chargers losing more than 2 games for the rest of the season. One of those wins will be a rematch against the Broncos, this time for first place in the division.
San Diego Chargers

Philadelphia Eagles @ Chicago Bears
[Sunday 8:20]

       You have to admire the fight the Eagles put up at the end of the game last week. They fought back from down 28-9 and came within a touchdown and two point conversion of sending the game into overtime. Other than that, I have a lot of problems with the Eagles’ performance on Sunday. I earlier ripped Bill Bellichick for being too aggressive. Well, now I’m going to rip Andy Reid for being too conservative and for not running the ball enough. 55 passes versus 13 runs against a Chargers team that allows 4.1 yards a carry and 118 yards rushing a game? I don’t think so. I believe in McNabb, but he can’t do it by himself. Both of these teams lost on the final plays of their respective games, both ending with interceptions, though Jay Cutler’s was a familiar sight for Bears fans. After all, he’s thrown for a league high 17 interceptions this year. Some of them were his receivers’ faults, but others were simply poor decisions. Cutler has cracked in the national spotlight, and, though the Philadelphia secondary has been decimated by injury and circumstance, I expect the D to step it up.
Philadelphia Eagles

Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
[Monday 8:30]

       I didn’t think I’d say it this year, but the Titans are good. They’ve scored 30+ points in each of their three wins, and it’s all thanks to Vince Young… Kinda. It’s more thanks to Chris Johnson, the first player this year to rush for 1,000 yards. He’s had three straight games with at least 130 yards and two touchdowns. Averaging 6.4 yards per carry, he’s been carrying the Titans, though Young has been helping them get there, too. Against the Texans, I don’t know what exactly to expect. Houston will undoubtedly be rested, having not played since November 8th, but they haven’t been convincing me as of late. Sure, Matt Schaub has been on fire, but the running game has been inconsistent, and the Titans have been able to do both lately. This one is a toss-up, as both teams have their strengths, but I’m going with Chris Johnson.
Tennessee Titans

Recap:
Carolina Panthers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Green Bay Packers
Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
Minnesota Vikings
Dallas Cowboys
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants
New Orleans Saints
Arizona Cardinals
New England Patriots
Cincinnati Bengals
San Diego Chargers
Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee Titans

Last week’s winner: Kavik [11]

Season totals:

Nick: 90
Kavik: 87
Pat: 83


Fantasy Football: The story of Team Nate Kaeding [2-8]

Dropped Bills D/ST for Cowboys D/ST. I didn’t start LT, who earned 21 points, but regardless, I was winning 71-55 going into the Sunday night game [Hasn’t this been the story all year?]. I still had Pierre Garcon to play, but they had Randy Moss. Though Pierre had a nice game, Randy had a better one. I lost 84-82 [So close…].


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This week’s unfounded rumor: Following Bill Bellichick’s lead, every other coach has decided to treat the game like it’s a Madden videogame. This means teams will run up the score, players will have REALLY lame touchdown celebrations, and fans will only be allowed to wear one of four outfits if they hope to enter the stadium. Also, players will now actually try to bring down the ball carrier by their facemask.

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