Is Dallas the new sheriff in the NFC East? – 10 Things About Week 11 in the NFL

November 22, 2011No Comments

Here goes the run down for Week 11:

  • The Cowboys will win the NFC East.
    • The Cowboys survived a late Redskins rally to regain control of the NFC East. Tony Romo made big plays down the stretch and the Cowboys offense appears to be gelling at the right time. With the Giants
      faltering and facing a tougher schedule down the stretch the Cowboys are primed to take the NFC East.
  • Help Wanted: Green Bay’s defense needs work
    • The Packers ran their record to 10 – 0 with a 35 to 26 win over the Buccaneers, but their defense showed their ineptitude on a number of occasions, namely on Leggarette Blount’s 54 yard touch down run. The Pack are still the class of the NFC but their defense could be their undoing.
  • Ravens right ship against Bengals.
    • It wasn’t always pretty, but the Ravens improved to 7 – 3 with a win over arch rival Cincinnati. Despite their struggles against lesser teams in 2011 the Ravens have proven to be up to the task against the leagues best. Baltimore still controls its destiny to the AFC’s #1 seed.
  • The 49ers will win the NFC’s #1 seed.
    • The 49ers improved to 9 – 1 with a win over the Cardinals. San Francisco is a lock to win the NFC West but more importantly their easy schedule (4 division games in last 6) could lead to the inside track for the NFC’s top seed. With Green Bay facing a tougher schedule the 49ers could sneak up on the Packers in the last 6 games.
  • The Bills have fallen.
    • And they can’t get up. The Bills lost their 3rd straight game in embarrassing fashion against the Dolphins and fell to 5 – 5. The Bills have erased any memory of their great start with their recent performances and will be lucky to finish at .500. The Bills also have to question the big contract extension they awarded to Ryan Fitzpatrick after his last several performances.

  • Falcons soar against the Titans.
    • After a tough loss against the Saints, the Falcons turned in a solid performance in a win against the Titans. Michael Turner rushed for two touchdowns and Matt Ryan threw for over 300 yards as the Falcons put themselves right back in the NFC wild card chase.
  • Bears catch a bad break.
    • The Bears have been the hottest team not named San Francisco or Green Bay in the NFC. However, the Bears postseason hopes may have taken a serious hit after Jay Cutler suffered a broken thumb in Sundays win
      over the Chargers. The Bears still have an outside chance at a wild card but without Cutler leading the way Chicago is not a championship caliber team.
  • Here’s Carson!!!
    • Tebow maybe all the rage with his last minute heroics, but Carson Palmer might just be the steadiest hand in the division. Palmer has looked sharp under center for the Raiders and his experience and presence might end up being the difference in a weak AFC West. So far it looks like Hue Jackson made the right move.
  • Lions gift could be a curse.
    • The Lions rallied from a 17 point deficit against the Panthers to improve to 7 – 3 and keep a firm grasp on an NFC wild card spot. The good news is the Lions rallied from another early deficit but the bad news is that they fell behind again. Detroit has made a habit of living dangerously and it could come back to bite them as we near seasons end. They’d be wise not to follow that trend against this week against Green Bay.
  • Calvin Johnson rule needs work.
    • I am so tired of the craziness that is the Calvin Johnson rule. Yesterdays catch or non catch by Jermaine Gresham is a great example of why this rule needs to be reexamined in the off-season. What ever happened to the idea that if it looks like a catch and smells like a catch by golly it’s a catch.

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