Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live Thread

How will the backup quarterbacks fare this week? [NFL Sunday Live Thread]

11/18/12 in NFL   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadWelcome to the NFL Week 11 "pregame" and Live Thread on FanIQ! Today we greet RaiderSteeler15, or as you may know him, Falcon. Falcon has been on FanIQ for just over two years, and is very active in the NFL area of the site. This week he has provided us with an in-depth analysis of each game; so in-depth that I will simply add my picks just briefly. Let's see what he has to say!

As the NFL season have seven more weeks until the regular season ends, some of the teams that are hot right now may sink later so don't let the records fool you... Here are my picks for Week 11:

Early Games:

Cardinals @ Falcons
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Atlanta Falcons got a dose of reality when they visited the Saints in the Big Easy and suffered their 1st loss of the season, they learned that having a perfect season is never guaranteed. The Falcons have an opportunity to bounce back against a Arizona Cardinals ball club who are coming off their Bye-Week to figure out their weaknesses and one of them is the QB position, neither Kevin Kolb (Injured) or John Skelton has shown the League who is the QB that the Cardinals can count on as Arizona is 31st in Scoring Offense and Total Yards in Offense, 20th in Passing Offense and an atrocious 32nd in Running the Ball... The Cardinals are thin in the RB position and their O-Line hasn't been the best in the league this year. The Cardinals thrive off defense and Special teams which won't get it done week in and week out especially if the Cardinals are averaging 16.0 points a game... Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons better not take this Cardinals team lightly, if given the chance, the Cardinals can keep this game close enough where they may put themselves in position to snap their 5-game setback but the Falcons have enough offensive firepower to beat the Cardinals, I don't think the Cardinals' offense will handle the Georgia Dome Crowd and the amped-up Falcons' defense. Falcons over Cardinals

Jess: Falcons

Browns @ Cowboys
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Dallas Cowboys handed the eagles their 5th loss by embarrassing the eagles 38-23. That win should give them a boost to win their 2nd straight game against the Browns ballclub who have found some consistency on offense with Brandon Weeden and Trent Richardson leading the way but the Browns' offense will have their hands full against Demarcus Ware and the Cowboys' pass rush and the Cowboys' stingy secondary... Tony Romo should have a better game against the Browns' defense that gives up 23 points a game as well as being 27th in Run Defense, 24th in Total Yard defense and 22nd in stopping the pass... I believe Dallas will stay pace of the NFC East to keep pace of the New York Giants and to distance themselves from the Washington 'Skins and the Philadelphia Eagles in the process. Cowboys over Browns

Jess: Cowboys

Packers @ Lions
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Green Bay Packers are in good position where they can secure a playoff spot this year but the biggest concern has to be the Packers' defense this year... Packers' Mad Man Clay Matthews may not play against the Lions and the Packers are thin in the Linebacker Department as well as the secondary due to injuries. Also the Green Bay Packers' Running Game has not paid dividends as well which leads to the Packers Relying so much on Aaron Rodgers who is one of the best QBs to play the game today but Rodgers can only do but so much especially if the offense is not balanced... Even though the Packers are coming off the Bye Week, The Lions have played some good football as of late even though they suffered a 34-24 setback by the Vikings and the Lions getting swept by the Vikings in the process this season. It's the first time since the Vikings swept the Lions since the 2009 NFL season... The Lions are 2-1 in the last 3 games and the Packers are on a 4-game winning streak but Green Bay better not think this game in Motown will be a walk in a park as Matthew Stafford continues to throw for over 300 yards and 6 TDs combined in the last 2 out of 3 games. Lions' RB Mikel Leshoure has done a decent job of raking in some good rushing yards even though he's rushed for under 100 yards in the last several games in the absence of Lions' RB Jahvid Best... So the X-Factor to me will be the banged-up Packers' Defense and how they will contain Matt Stafford and how they can stop Mikel Leshoure in the Absence of Clay Matthews.... But the Lions have issues of their own on defense as far as the secondary but the Lions' defense has got a little bit better but I expect a shootout in this game with the Lions winning their 1st division game of the season. With the Packers' defense being banged-up, the Lions have an opportunity to be a partly responsible for spoiling the Packers' chance of making the playoffs. Lions over Packers

Jess: Packers

Bengals @ Chiefs
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Cincinnati Bengals ended their 4-game losing streak by frustrating Eli Manning and the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and destroying them 31-13. The Bengals have an opportunity to add more misery to the Kansas City Chief team who are struggling in Quarterback production from Matt Cassel. Even though the Chiefs' best offense is Jamaal Charles but he knows that he can only do so much especially if Kansas City is # 26 in passing offense and #30 scoring offense and the defense hasn't been better as they give up 28 points per game and are 23rd in rushing defense. The Chiefs are out of playoff contention and they will have no choice but to compete for the #1 draft pick as far as finding a new quarterback for the future. Bengals over Chiefs

Jess: Chiefs

Jets @ Rams
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe New York Jets have been one of the most underachieving teams in the league as the Jets continue to struggle on offense due to their lack of Wide Receiver productions, their best WR target Santonio Holmes is out for the season and as a result of the lack of Wide Receiver depth, Mark Sanchez has struggled to put points on the board as well as moving the ball down the field in the process, the addition of Tim Tebow hasn't healed the pain that the jets are having. In my opinion, this is has to be Mark Sanchez' worst season in his NFL career... The St. Louis Rams who played a hard fought game against the 49ers at Candlestick Park in a draw which ended their 3-game skid should be a little more upbeat to add more misery to the New York Jets' Ballclub who are searching for answers not only on offense but on defense as well. As the old saying goes, "If I go down, you go down" and that's been the case for the Jets, ever since the Jets' offense has struggled, the defense has been any better, giving up 25 points a game and 145 yards on the ground per game. I believe Stephen Jackson will have a great game against the Jets' 30th rush defense. The Rams have an decent edge on defense over the Jets and this is a Rams team that's playing for pride and as they continue to rebuild for the future. Rams over Jets

Jess: Rams

Eagles @ Redskins
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadNow that Mike Vick will be out for some time, this is the VERY LAST CHANCE that the eagles have to win to survive and to fight for the chance to make the playoffs... Nick Foles will have another opportunity to redeem himself from his 2-turnover (1 Pick 6 and Fumble Recovery for a Touchdown) performance against a Washington 'Skins' Ballclub who are 30th in stopping the pass as well as giving up 27 points a game.(27th in scoring defense) The 'skins are coming off their bye week and would love to add more misery to this Philadelphia Eagles' ballclub that has a 5-game losing streak and Coach Andy Reid has never been in a slump like this in his 14-year tenure with the Eagles. As horrible as the eagles' defense has been throughout the 5-game skid, the Eagles' defense could have their hands full in containing Robert Griffin the 3rd who is making a name for himself in the Washington D.C. area and in the NFL as he continues to send the message to the rest of the league that he'll be one of the most feared QB in years to come... Nick Foles had a decent preseason with the eagles and if he get enough reps in practice, he should be good to go this week and he should have a better game against the 'skins' defense. This is where the eagles should have a "Enough is enough" attitude if they want to end this 5-game skid and the eagles' defense need to make plays to limit RG3 from doing alot of damage because RG3 will make opponents pay if given the chance to make some plays down the stretch. After this matchup, the eagles have an easy schedule playing the panthers the week after Week 11 so starting this week, the eagles have a chance to start winning right now because if they lose to the skins, there will be no tomorrow for the eagles as far as winning the NFC East or making the playoffs. Eagles over 'Skins

Jess: Redskins

Bucs @ Panthers
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been playing some good football as of late winning 3 consecutive games and averaging 37 points in the last 3 games but the biggest concern that still remain for the Bucs is the defense... Even though the Bucs are on a hot streak, they have struggle to hold opponents to 300 yards and under (30th in Total Yard defense)and they are still giving up 20 points and over (18th in scoring defense) and they are last (32nd) in stopping the pass. The Bucs may look like a playoff contender in most people's eyes but if they want to make the playoffs, they will have to improve on those departments, they can't always rely on their #1 rush defense to get the job done especially when it comes to Cam Newton... Even though Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are not having their best season but never underestimate Cam Newton who is no stranger to moving the ball down the field and scoring touchdowns especially when it comes to attacking weak secondaries in the air. Another issue for the panthers has been their special team defense, if the panthers have a shot of winning this game, they should improve on special team defense but I believe Cam Newton will have a better game and get his payback from Week 1 when the Bucs narrowly beat the Panthers in Tampa 16-10. This game will also come down to who makes the fewest turnovers. Carolina would love to be partly responsible for the Bucs' shortcomings of making the playoffs as the Bucs will play the Broncos, Falcons and Eagles after this matchup with the panthers... Panthers over Bucs

Jess: Panthers

Jags @ Texans
Blog Photo - Week 11 FanIQ Sunday Pre-Game and Live ThreadThe Houston Texans should feel great about beating the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on Sunday Night Football on Week 10 as they continue to be the #1 team in the AFC and possibly make that push to go to the Super Bowl. The Jacksonville Jaguars on the other hand is a team that have nothing to lose at this point and are out of playoff contention so they won't have any other choice but to also compete with the Kansas City Chiefs to get a #1 draft pick in this coming offseason. The Jaguars are the worst (32nd) when it comes to scoring offense and total yards offense. Ever since the Jaguars drafted Blaine Gabbert in 2011, it hasn't paid any dividends for the team as Gabbert and the Jaguars' offense is also responsible for why they are 31st in passing offense and the running game hasn't been any better being 30th in rushing yard especially in the absence of Maurice Jones-Drew. The Defense for the Jags are just as awful as the offense as they are 26th in scoring defense and total yards defense, 29th in stopping the run, and 23rd in stopping the pass which means this Jaguars team will have their hands full stopping Matt Schaub, Arian Foster and the Texans' offense that are 5th in scoring offense and Arian Foster should have a great game against the Jaguars. The Texans' defense should have a field day as well against Jags' offense as they will continue to limit the jags from scoring many touchdowns and moving the ball down the field. Expect a lop-sided game in this matchup. Texans over Jaguars

Jess: Texans

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11/18/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Ever since that opening drive, Leftwich has played like I expected him to...overall lousy.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

kramer wrote:
When the Texans obliterated the Ravens a couple weeks ago, it was clear to me that they're the best team in the AFC.  Nobody wins a game THAT far lopsided over the Ravens.  As for the Jags, I smell QB controversy with Gabbert and Henne.

The Jags need to draft another QB, plain and simple...  Henne is not the long-term answer for the Jags.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

Rob Gronkowski of the Pats is out 4-6 weeks with a broken forearm...  A big loss for the Pats' offense.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Scares the heck out of me to think this way, but...yeah, they're at least near the top. (fingers crossed )

Right!  The Jags had a 2 possession lead at one point but the Texans should be just fine this year wink

11/18/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Who is that in the #4 jersey?  Since when did Leftwich learn how to get out of a sack and run?  That was a perfect start to this game.

11/18/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

When the Texans obliterated the Ravens a couple weeks ago, it was clear to me that they're the best team in the AFC.  Nobody wins a game THAT far lopsided over the Ravens.  As for the Jags, I smell QB controversy with Gabbert and Henne.

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

RaiderSteeler15 wrote:
Hey Jan, the Texans has to be the best team in the NFL this year!!
(Edited by HouTxFan)

Scares the heck out of me to think this way, but...yeah, they're at least near the top. (fingers crossed )

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Hey it was a fairly big kick. Made Detroit have to score a TD somehow. A long field goal attempt had some theoretically possibility.

uh huh.

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Ha, look at you, with that* silver lining...

Hey it was a fairly big kick. Made Detroit have to score a TD somehow. A long field goal attempt had some theoretically possibility.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Questions about Andre Johnson's age and legs should just stop. He tallied 14 catches for a career-high 273 yards, capping the day off with a 48-yard game-winning TD.in OT.  I love him. Very much.  

Hey Jan, the Texans has to be the best team in the NFL this year!!

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

This week in football has to be entitled "Almost doesn't count" for the teams that almost pulled an upset today like the Jags vs. Texans, Browns vs. Cowboys and Cardinals vs. Falcons.

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Despite Crosby's issues lately, he did make the field goal late to make it 24-20. That's something at least.
(Edited by kobe_lova)

Ha, look at you, with that* silver lining...

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Despite Crosby's issues lately, he did make the field goal late to make it 24-20. That's something at least.

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

JenX63 wrote:
So what are you saying? smiley

Nuffin

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Questions about Andre Johnson's age and legs should just stop. He tallied 14 catches for a career-high 273 yards, capping the day off with a 48-yard game-winning TD.in OT.  I love him. Very much.  

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Questions about Andre Johnson's age and legs should just stop. He tallied 14 catches for a career-high 273 yards, capping the day off with a 48-yard game-winning TD.in OT.  I love him. Very much.  

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32786 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
That was fun!!


Romo sucks...make no mistake. (don't be blinded by the win)

So what are you saying? smiley

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

The Raiders' Defense need to stand up and force some turnovers by Drew Brees...

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

TOUCHDOWWWWWWWWNNNNNNNNNN RAIIIIIIIIIDDDDDEEEEEEEEERRRRRSSSSS!!  Finally!!  Palmer to Myers for the 1st TD of the game!

11/18/12   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7414 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Skins won, Griffin is OK (he should quit trying to be a hero) 

on a side note....any wagers on what is happening in the Eagles Locker Room right now?

Andy Reid got his pink slip?


I have never seen a kicker s**t his pants as much as Mason Crosby did today.

And I'm distracted from the 2nd games by Louisville basketball.heart

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32786 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I present this without comment.

(Edited by JenX63)

Skins won, Griffin is OK (he should quit trying to be a hero) 

on a side note....any wagers on what is happening in the Eagles Locker Room right now?

11/18/12   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
That was fun!!


Romo sucks...make no mistake. (don't be blinded by the win)

Yea there was nothing good about that game on his end.

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

(Edited by kobe_lova)

That was fun!!


Romo sucks...make no mistake. (don't be blinded by the win)

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

HOT DAMN ANDRE JOHNSON!!!

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Jags extend OT with a FG.  Texans with the ball at their own 20. Next team to score wins.   

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Texans bat down 2 passes in a row...4th down Jags!

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

GO DEFENSE!

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Texans score a FG on the first OT possession. Jags' hopes still alive...

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
The second half today is gonna be really great...or really awful, based on these scores. I'm thinking really great  and crazy though.

see

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Cowboys fail is the best fail.

Unfortunately Browns fail had its say as well.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Cowboys fail is the best fail.

They just tied the game up at 20 all...

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Cowboys fail is the best fail.

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Texans tie it up with 1:30 remaining!

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
Don't make let her watch the game, Jess.  Jags lead the Texans 27-17 halfway through the 3rd quarter.

In fact, tell her I'm extending her grounding by one week if the Jags win this game.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

For the record, The eagles can't blame Mike Vick entirely for the eagles' downfall...  The eagles are the epitome of why they are struggling to win games due to the lack of heart on both sides of the ball, offense and defense...  I can really see Andy Reid getting fired now...

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Trailing 34-27, Texans have a little over 2 minutes to tie the game.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

The eagle fans got what they wanted...  The eagles have no heart whatsoever...

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Thanks a lot to Crosby, this has turned into a No Effing Way game for the Packers.

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I present this without comment.

11/18/12   |   taju1971   |   1 respect

Jess wrote:
Remember the tweet - how I said I hate it when she's grounded on the weekend? That's because the parents are punished when the children are grounded as well. Watching the Jags game in full (sorry Texans) would be just one example of that.

in fact,i really like nfl and hope we become friends.taju ,from Ghana.

11/18/12   |   HouTxFan   |   5177 respect

Jess wrote:
Remember the tweet - how I said I hate it when she's grounded on the weekend? That's because the parents are punished when the children are grounded as well. Watching the Jags game in full (sorry Texans) would be just one example of that.

Don't make let her watch the game, Jess.  Jags lead the Texans 27-17 halfway through the 3rd quarter.

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Can anyone watching tell me what's going on with the Packers?

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

The second half today is gonna be really great...or really awful, based on these scores. I'm thinking really great  and crazy though.

11/18/12   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21433 respect

Cowboys better step their game up getting shut out by the Browns so far in the game...

11/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

Whoa! :|


Go Falcons!

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Phil Dawson: Forever the Browns offensive MVP

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11/18/12   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

Eric_ wrote:
You tweeted earlier that your kid was grounded. You should make her watch the Jags game in full as punishment.

Remember the tweet - how I said I hate it when she's grounded on the weekend? That's because the parents are punished when the children are grounded as well. Watching the Jags game in full (sorry Texans) would be just one example of that.

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Oh Jets, you magnificent tire fire.

11/18/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
My poor daughter. After we went to the Jx preseason game, she decided that the Jags were her 2nd favorite team. I tried to warn her that they're comically bad, and she said "so...we've liked the Seahawks all my life and they've been really bad."  Touche.

What's the best game to watch right now? Most exciting? Maybe I'll GameMix it.

You tweeted earlier that your kid was grounded. You should make her watch the Jags game in full as punishment.

11/18/12   |   Jess   |   34876 respect

My poor daughter. After we went to the Jx preseason game, she decided that the Jags were her 2nd favorite team. I tried to warn her that they're comically bad, and she said "so...we've liked the Seahawks all my life and they've been really bad."  Touche.

What's the best game to watch right now? Most exciting? Maybe I'll GameMix it.

11/18/12   |   JenX63   |   32786 respect

I agree with most of what has been said. Go Skins!

11/18/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19895 respect

SAINTS AND SKINS...........will win in the ones i disagree with..........