NFL picks Week 11: Packers-Ravens and every other game

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Wide receiver Jordy Nelson /

The Green Bay Packers will lose to the Ravens in Week 11. Picks for each NFL game this week.

We’re inching closer towards the playoffs, and each game means so much to a number of teams. One of them is the Packers. After winning for the first time with Brett Hundley as the starting quarterback last week, they are hoping to earn a sixth win and stay in the hunt.

I just don’t see it happening. Here’s my Week 11 picks.

Baltimore (4-5) at Green Bay (5-4)

I’d love to believe the Packers will win this one. They leaned on the ground game against Chicago and it worked, but that won’t be easy against a tough Baltimore defense. This will be a low-scoring contest, and I think the best defense will win. That belongs to the Ravens.

Pick: Baltimore

Tennessee (6-3) at Pittsburgh (7-2) – Thursday

I usually lean towards the home team on Thursday nights, and that’s especially true this week. This Steelers team is loaded with talent. Marcus Mariota is also dealing with a shoulder injury and won’t be 100 percent.

Pick: Pittsburgh

Detroit (5-4) at Chicago (3-6)

The Lions haven’t impressed me a whole lot in recent weeks. They won comfortably against the Packers, but I think that spoke more of Green Bay’s struggles than Detroit’s dominance. After surviving a scare at home to Cleveland last week, this could be a slip-up game for the Lions. I’m picking them, but it’s close.

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Pick: Detroit

Jacksonville (6-3) at Cleveland (0-9)

Hot take: Jacksonville’s defense will score more points than Cleveland’s offense. That take might not actually be so hot, more of a lukewarm opinion.

Pick: Jacksonville

Arizona (4-5) at Houston (3-6)

How about we just let both teams play without a quarterback? You could argue neither team has been playing with one the past few weeks. Texans win a low-scoring game at home.

Pick: Houston

Tampa Bay (3-6) at Miami (4-5)

Here we go. Ten weeks after this game was originally scheduled, the Buccaneers and Dolphins meet. Both teams have struggled throughout the year, but the edge goes to Miami. The Bucs have apparently forgotten how to play defense, and the Dolphins have enough weapons to take advantage.

Pick: Miami

LA Rams (7-2) at Minnesota (7-2)

One of the matchups of the week, this game is almost impossible to pick. I’m edging the Rams. Los Angeles’ offense has been red-hot. It ranks No. 5 in rushing offense, No. 6 through the air and No. 1 in points per game. I’m all-in on the Rams.

Pick: LA Rams

Kansas City (6-3) at NY Giants (1-8)

The Giants are a complete mess on both sides of the ball. They must now face a 6-3 Chiefs team fresh off a bye. Ballgame.

Pick: Kansas City

Washington (4-5) at New Orleans (7-2)

Seven victories in a row puts New Orleans in an elite status. And the momentum ain’t stoppin’ now. The Saints’ defense has been a major surprise. They are No. 7 against the pass, and middle-of-the-pack stopping the run. The Saints also own one of the top running back pairings in the league.

Pick: New Orleans

Buffalo (5-4) at LA Chargers (3-6)

The Chargers are the kings of losing close games. It’s about time they caught a break, and this week they find a way to win.

Pick: LA Chargers

Cincinnati (3-6) at Denver (3-6)

Andy Dalton has struggled in 2017, and he faces his toughest matchup of the year at Denver. In a low-scoring game, I’m picking the Broncos.

Pick: Denver

New England (7-2) at Oakland (4-5)

Inconsistent play continues to hold Oakland back. It will have opportunities against New England’s No. 30-ranked defense, but Tom Brady will take pleasure in shredding a Raiders unit that’s No. 22 against the pass.

Pick: New England

Philadelphia (8-1) at Dallas (5-4)

The Cowboys looked lost without Ezekiel Elliott last week, and now run into a red-hot Eagles team. I’m not picking against MVP frontrunner Carson Wentz.

Pick: Philadelphia

Atlanta (5-4) at Seattle (6-3) – Monday

The Falcons could be without Devonta Freeman this week due to a concussion, which doesn’t bode well in Seattle. The Seahawks are tough to beat at home, and I think they get it done against the NFC champs.

Pick: Seattle

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