It's that magical time of year when the NFL flex schedule means that two awesome games will take place in prime time. Both of those contests involve teams that will be looking to prove doubters wrong. Before all of that comes a Thursday night contest that features one team looking to put a blowout loss behind them.
Week 11 NFL picks: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
I can't imagine that Indianapolis will lay an egg for the second consecutive game. There's also no reason to believe that the sex tape fiasco involving Trent Richardson will affect the team, as Richardson really couldn't contribute all that less to the Colts than he is at the moment. You also have to remember that Jake Locker has been lost for the season.
Week 11 NFL picks: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Who believes in New Cleveland and the Browns? Cleveland has been the best overall team in the division as long as Brandon Weeden hasn't been on the field, and the Browns also happen to be responsible for the top defense in the AFC North. They are rested, and they realize that this is the most important game the franchise has seen in years. I don't believe the Bengals are good enough to run the table at home. Their unbeaten run in Cincy ends.
Week 11 NFL picks: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills
The Jets are somehow GETTING a point as of the posting of this piece. I'm not sure that isn't a typo. Vegas gets it right more often than not, but the Bills were horrendous in Pittsburgh last Sunday. The defense of the Jets gave E.J. Manuel quite the beating the last time these two sides meet. I believe Gang Green will do it again.
Week 11 NFL picks: Baltimore Ravens at Chicago Bears
I went back and forth on this one several times. Baltimore is what the team's record would indicate; a below average team, one that has also only picked up a single road victory in 2013. On the other hand is the fact that I really don't trust Josh McCown. Sure, McCown has been just fine in filling in for Jay Cutler, but history suggests that he is in for a rough afternoon eventually. Why not this weekend?
Week 11 NFL picks: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles will finally win at home this season! That Washington defense isn't getting any better before the offseason, and the Philadelphia offense is clicking now that it has a solid QB. As long as the Eagles don't let their 0-4 home record get in their heads, they should take care of business.
Week 11 NFL picks: Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh Steelers
I'm not at all sold on any Pittsburgh revival. The Steelers beat up on a lousy Buffalo team. Big whoop. Where there is smoke, there is some fire, which is why I can't immediately dismiss those Ben Roethlisberger trade rumors. Regardless of where Big Ben wants to play, he didn't get any additional weapons on offense during the midweek.
Week 11 NFL picks: Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta is thoroughly finished. Don't get me wrong. The Bucs are still awful. They at least have a rookie quarterback who is playing well and who isn't all that interested in where Tampa Bay drafts next spring. How does this team really feel about Greg Schiano? Let's find out.
Week 11 NFL picks: Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville is not in the same spot as is Tampa Bay. The Jags aren't going to have the fortune of playing against a second-string QB every weekend. They're also still a rather lackluster team. Arizona hasn't been beating up on Super Bowl contenders over the past couple of weeks. They won't be playing one this coming Sunday.