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NFL Week 11 Sunday Picks: Cowboys Get Blown Out; Titans Stay Hot

Season Record: 60-36. Did you get that? Season Record: 60-36. We’re not messing around.

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NFL Week 11 Sunday Picks: Cowboys Get Blown Out; Titans Stay Hot

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I feel bad for the Packers. They can’t seem to get over the hump. They have arguably the best quarterback, a solid defense, a rising Aaron Jones, Jimmy Graham at tight end, and Davante Adams who I think is SPECIAL.

You can cuss at me, fight me, or put something in the comments box; but I think Davante Adams is a top 8 to 10 wide receiver in the NFL. When I think of receivers who are better than Adams:

Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, AJ Green, Odell Beckham Jr., Adam Thielen, and Michael Thomas. Then maybe you could argue Stefon Diggs and Brandin Cooks, and perhaps in a couple years, JuJu Smith-Schuster will be in the conversation.

But that’s just about it. Really, I’m serious – I think Davante Adams is AT LEAST a top 10 receiver in this league.

So, what is wrong with the Packers then? You have a top-2quarterback, a top-8 receiver, a beast for a tight end, a promising running back, a solid defense, solid special teams, and you still have a losing record?

I think I have the answer: Mike McCarthy.

That’s right fellas…it’s time for Mike McCarthy to go. The Packers have the tools…they have the talent…but they can’t even stay afloat in the NFC North. Green Bay has been tremendous underachievers, and it all starts with McCarthy. You’re wasting the talent of Rodgers, you’re wasting the talent of Davante Adams, and so you need to stop wasting time, and make the right move. It pains me to say it (ok not really) but it is that time.

Meanwhile, don’t sleep on the Seahawks. Never count out Russell Wilson.

Ok, lets just get right to it shall we!

Last Week (and Packers-Seahawks game): 10-5

Season Record: 60-36

Cowboys at Falcons (Sunday @ 1PM ET)

Both these teams are in absolute desperation mode, as the loser most likely will be knocked out of playoff contention (maybe). Despite their win last week in Philly, the Cowboys have been terrible on the road, and the Falcons have been solid at home.

The Falcons’ offense puts up nearly 13 more points per game at home than they do on the road, and I think after a little road trip the past couple of weeks, Matt Ryan and the offense is going to unload on this Dallas secondary. If Dallas wins this game, it will be because of their defense and the pressure it brings to Matt Ryan; and Ryan DOES NOT like to be pressured. No quarterback does…but it’s different with Ryan. He becomes a turtle if defensive linemen get even close to him.

But I have faith in Ryan in this one. I think he has a big game here and the Falcons win a blowout. Falcons win 42-23.

Panthers at Lions (Sunday @ 1 PM ET)

The Panthers will have 10 days to have sat and pondered what the hell happened last Thursday night. Luckily for them, this time around the Panthers defense will face a much weaker offensive line and, quite frankly, a weaker team than that Pittsburgh train that ran through them last week.

You could say this Lions team will be done after this week, but I think the moment they traded Golden Tate was when they stuck the nail in the coffin. Panthers win 34-21.

Titans at Colts (Sunday @ 1PM ET)

The Titans are within striking distance from the Houston Texans at the top of the AFC South, and after annihilating the Patriots, the Titans must be feeling pretty good about themselves.

If they thought last week was a huge game, this week’s game might be even bigger for Tennessee. Andrew Luck is healthy, the offensive line has been solid, and Indianapolis is riding a three-game winning streak. But those three wins were against the Bills, Raiders, and Jaguars -three teams with a combined 7-21 record.

For a while, I couldn’t figure out this Titans team. But now I am starting to get a clearer picture of what they’re all about. Their defense has been GREAT lately, and their red zone defense especially has been one of the best in the league. The Tennessee defense has given up just 24 points in their past two games in their wins against Dallas and New England.

Ok, trivia question! Without reading ahead: There are currently only three teams in the NFL whose defense has held their opponents to less than 30 points in every game this season. Which teams are they?

The answer: Eagles, Cowboys, and Titans

But since the Falcons will thrash the Cowboys, and the Saints will probably destroy the Eagles, it is highly likely that after this week, the Titans will be the only team to have given up less than 30 points in every game they’ve played. So yeah, Tennessee’s defense is legit, and I am banking on them limiting the Colts to under 30 points this week and pulling out the win on the road. My pick for AFC South champions stays hot! Titans win 28-21.

Buccaneers at Giants (Sunday @ 1 PM ET)

The Buc shave serious problems. How in the world does your quarterback throw for 406 yards and rush for 35, and NOT get a single touchdown? HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?! All it took for Alex Smith was 178 passing yards to find the end zone against Tampa Bay last week.

The Bucs have no running game, and I’m convinced that Mike Evans has been on a two-week vacation from football. Evans has not found the end zone in the month of November, and two weeks ago in the Panthers game, he had one reception for 16yards on TEN TARGETS. He also has 50 total receptions this year and 29 of them came in the month of September. Three of his four TDs on the year were in the first three weeks of the season. So he has tapered off big time.

The Bucs have struggled to find a quarterback who is reliable, and on the defensive side, things haven’t been much better for Tampa Bay. The Bucs’ defense especially struggles hard at covering slot receivers and that will work in the favor of a quarterback like Eli Manning who, I am also convinced I could currently out-throw.

Odell Beckham Jr. said that the Giants have to win seven games in a row to get to the playoffs, and after this week, they will be off to a good start. Giants win 26-22 (Maybe Jason Pierre-Paul gets a safety against his former team).

Texans at Redskins (Sunday @ 1PM ET)

Did someone put a spell on this Redskins offense? Did the bubonic plague sweep through Washington? The Redskins just have too many injuries; especially on their offense. I mean have you seen their injury report? I swear there are more players on that report than there are cast members in Expendables 3. I don’t think my grocery list is longer than the Redskins’ injury report. Even Dustin Hopkins -their KICKER –is injured and will most likely be out for this game. The Washington offensive line is practically wiped out, and that can’t be good for Alex Smith against this Houston D-Line. Smith will probably be running for his life most of the game, trying to avoid being the next guy to land on that injury report.

As for Houston, I like how their defense has been playing lately, and Deshaun Watson is finally starting to look like the Deshaun Watson we saw last season, when he was taking the league by storm. Texans win 23-14.

Steelers at Jaguars (Sunday @ 1PM ET)

Last season the Jaguars had the Steelers’ number. Their first meeting last season was an embarrassment for the Steelers when the Jaguars defense smothered them and intercepted Big Ben FIVE times taking a 30-9 victory at Heinz Field.

Then in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game last season, Blake Bortles decided to put on his Joe Montana cape and the Jaguars advanced to the AFC Championship after a 45-42win over the Steelers. Let’s be honest though, the Steelers secondary was a joke and Todd Haley was the Steelers offensive coordinator…that’s just enough for a team as good as the Jaguars to take out Pittsburgh in the playoffs.

Believe it or not, the Jaguars have been a historical pest for the Steelers. The Jaguars actually lead the Steelers with an all-time regular season series record of12-11, and Jacksonville is also 2-0 against Pittsburgh all-time in the playoffs. So yeah…I think the Jaguars have been a thorn in the Steelers’ side.

But not this year.

I said it before and I’ll say it again: The Jaguars are not that good this year, and every team in the AFC South got better in the off-season, except the Jaguars. Jacksonville’s needle moved backward and I really believe their best shot at being Super Bowl Champs was last season, and they blew it. I actually predicted before this season started that Jacksonville was going to miss the playoffs, and so far, it’s looking more like that will be the reality.

I still think the Jaguars keep it close because they have Leonard Fournette back and he KILLS the Steelers, but I think this is the year where Pittsburgh will get their sweet revenge on Jacksonville. Steelers win 21-17.

Bengals at Ravens (Sunday @ 1PM ET)

Joe Flacco is questionable with an ailing hip and now Lamar Jackson has stomach pains? And people are now saying Robert Griffin III “might” start for the Ravens.

I have no idea who’s going to be Baltimore’s quarterback come Sunday, and quite frankly, I don’t think anyone does. But honestly, it might not even matter. The Ravens could throw in Mr. Magoo at quarterback and still probably pull out a win. That’s how bad the Bengals defense has been. Ravens win 28-21.

Matt lives in Newnan, Georgia but was born and raised in Upstate New York. He is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Boston Celtics. At the collegiate level, he is a Notre Dame and Syracuse fan (yeah he can root for both, and what?!) He must, however, find a soccer team to root for. So him out there. All suggestions are welcome. You can catch Matt on the Turf mostly covering NFL, NBA, MLB, College Football and Basketball, and Horse Racing (that is not a typo, he practically grew up on a racetrack). It's nothing's strictly sports.

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