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NFL Week 11 Picks: Bears 101′s Game Predictions

November 18th, 2012 at 1:50 AM
By PJ Foti

Really San Francisco? Really?

A tie? Are you kidding me? We thought those didn't exist anymore. Sorry for placing the blame on San Francisco, but had St. Louis won last week's bizarre tie game, we'd get a loss, so in hindsight, a tie is better than a loss in our book. But c'mon, we have to predict ties now? There hasn't been a tie since 2008! When we post our picks record, we need another column? Thanks a lot you two!

Last week, we went a solid 9-3-1, but that one will just be annoying all season long.

Last week featured an upset, where the Atlanta Falcons lost their first game of the season (in a game that we predicted) so you know the members of the '72 Dolphins met somewhere for champagne. So far on the year, we at Bears 101 are 82-54-1 and look to really improve upon that percentage down the stretch.

'2012 Buffalo Bills Training Camp' photo (c) 2012, Doug Kerr - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Thursday night featured yet another dud of a game, where the Buffalo Bills beat the Miami Dolphins. For those picking the Thursday night game — or betting on it — make sure to go with the home team. The home side has won all but one Thursday night game this season. Let's move onto what we think will happen in Week 11.

This week features many games that seem very one-sided at first glance. A few games should be blowouts, while there are a select few games that should be interesting.

We'll start with the blowouts.

Look for the Atlanta Falcons to be hungry following their first loss of the year. Luckily for them, they play the Cardinals, who haven't won since Week 4. Staying in the division, the New Orleans Saints will continue to stay in the NFC playoff picture with a win against the Oakland Raiders.

The Houston Texans proved they are "for real" last week by beating the Bears, and should have no problem doing the same against the Jags. Although this may not be a blowout, the Dallas Cowboys should beat the Browns, who haven't scored a touchdown since Week 7.

Now to the games that won't be blowouts, but one team should make quick work of their opponents.

Following last week's tie, will we see the St. Louis Rams settle for another? The answer is no, and their defense should have fun playing the Jets. The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off a huge win at home against the Giants, and are this week's winner who get the play the Chiefs. They keep themselves in the playoff picture with a win here.

Andrew Luck is a great rookie quarterback, and looks better than many guys who have been in the league longer than he has. That said, he still won't beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Foxboro.

There will be plenty of starting quarterbacks not in action this week due to various (shoulder/concussion) injuries that should make things interesting (we understand the Bears fall into this category, but we'll finish with that game as it is on Monday night).

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without Michael Vick against the Washington Redskins. Although some would say that's a good thing, Philly has looked so bad since their hot start to the year, that you almost have to pick Robert Griffin III and the 'Skins.

Ben Roethlisberger will be out for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Baltimore Ravens, and that will be the difference. We don't think Byron Leftwich can get the job done, even with the game at Heinz Field.

Week 11 has plenty of exciting divisional matchups — including the two games listed above — that could go either way. No team wants to lose to division rivals, so these games will all have that extra intensive factor at play.

We like the Green Bay Packers over the Detroit Lions in a shootout, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Panthers in a gritty performance and the Denver Broncos to beat the Chargers and all but solidify the AFC West title.

Now, for Monday night.

It pains us to say, but the Chicago Bears will go on a two-game losing streak when it's all set and done. We hope we're wrong, but without Jay Cutler, the San Francisco 49ers will win this game. It's not that Jason Campbell is a bad quarterback, but he isn't the leader Cutler is.

This will be a ground-and-pound, tough defensive game, but this little edge San Francisco has with Alex Smith likely suiting up to play will make a much bigger difference than you think. It will be close, and it's not good to see Chicago going down against the league's top opponents, but this loss won't cost them their playoff birth.

This is it for this week. Please continue to stay tuned through the rest of the year.

Tags: '72 Dolphins, Alex Smith, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Chicago, Chicago Bears, Football, Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler, Michael Vick, NFL, Tom Brady

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