The 2017 NFL season rolls on heading into Week 11 with some potentially great games like the Los Angeles Rams at the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys, but don’t get too excited because there are some stinkers too.
It was sad to see Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman tear his Achilles tendon during last week’s Thursday night win over the Cardinals. Sherman said his Achilles was hurting him for a few weeks, so he likely wasn’t that surprised that it happened. However, a lot of people are complaining about Thursday Night Football as if that’s the reason why it happened. Personally, I like Thursday Night Football because it gives me something to watch on a slow TV night. What the NFL should do is consider giving teams a bye week before a Thursday game, so they have time to prepare. The negative would be that the team would have two Sundays off in a row, but so what? Getting proper rest is important for these athletes that are paid well, yet are asked to put a tremendous strain on their bodies.
There was also heartbreaking news for Niners wide receiver Marquis Goodwin and his wife, who lost their baby hours before he had a great game last week. Talk about playing with a heavy heart. Kudos to him for being able to play and I hope that the family can overcome that loss by having many years of happiness together.
On a lighter note, the highlight (or perhaps lowlight) of Brock Osweiler hitting a member of the Broncos staff was hilarious. A blooper that fit one of the worst starting QBs in the NFL.
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This is the final week for bye weeks, so there are 14 games this week. After this, it’s 16 games per week for the final six weeks of the season.
Last Week’s Results:
10-4 Straight Up (93-53 Season, .637)
9-5 Point Spread (72-73-1 Season, .497)
I’ve been doing this picking games thing for two decades and most years if you hit .600 straight up that’s pretty good while .500 against the spread is solid. Sitting at .637 straight up is encouraging, but I know it’s possible this could be a four-win week too. That’s just how the NFL is.
Note: The point spreads I use come from VegasInsider. All times listed are in the Eastern Time zone.
The following teams have byes this week: Carolina, Indianapolis, NY Jets, San Francisco.
Tennessee (6-3) @ Pittsburgh (7-2) -7 [8:25pm THU]
Big game for both teams even though it looks like the Steelers will easily win their awful division. The Titans have to keep pace with the impressive Jaguars. The Steelers are a bit disappointing even with a 7-2 record because their point differential on the year is +39, which means they are winning a lot of close games. The Rams are also 7-2, yet their differential is +134. Big difference. The reason I point that out because I think the Titans can keep this close and with it being a Thursday game, an older QB like Ben Roethlisberger may not be on his game since he’s been inconsistent this year. In the end, I like the Steelers because of their WRs like Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster stretching the field. The Titans are lacking in downfield playmakers.
The Pick: Pittsburgh 27-23