Friday Picks: Week 11 (2013-14)

Week 11 may very well be the best week we’ve had in a while. So many great matchups on the slate, headlined by Sunday Night Football where Denver hosts Kansas City. This will be the game that gets all the attention but keep an eye on the Saints and Niners as well as the Pats and Panthers. All of these teams have shown us the ability to play at an elite level and now they face elite competition. Can’t ask for much more than that.

Last Week: 7-6 Overall: 82-63

Cold Hard Lock: 7-3 Upset Pick: 2-8

(Home teams are in CAPS)

Colts over TITANS (TNF)

Jets over BILLS

Ravens over BEARS

Browns over BENGALS

EAGLES over Redskins

Lions over STEELERS

Falcons over BUCS

Cardinals over JAGUARS

TEXANS over Raiders

Chargers over DOLPHINS

GIANTS over Packers

SAINTS over Niners

SEAHAWKS over Vikings

BRONCOS over Chiefs (SNF)

Patriots over PANTHERS (MNF)

Cold Hard Lock: SEAHAWKS over Vikings; Seattle looked a little shaky there for a couple weeks but now seem to be back in form after a crushing win against Atlanta. Their last home game didn’t go as planned when they had to overcome a 21-point deficit against winless Tampa Bay. Don’t expect Seattle to be so lazy this time. At home, Seattle is still one of the hardest teams for anyone to beat, nevermind a struggling Vikings team.

Upset Pick: Browns over BENGALS; You never know what you’re gonna get from Cincy this season. It could be the team who beat New England or crushed the Jets. Or it could be the team that just dropped two straight in OT, both games they should have won. They now appear poised for a rebound game against Cleveland but the Browns won’t roll over. In fact, I’m taking Cleveland to win against Cincy on the road. They like what they have in Jason Campbell right now and have had the bye week to prepare for what Cincy will throw at them. Shutting down AJ Green will be the key and I think Cleveland has enough defensive power to slow him down. The Bengals will drop their first home game and third win in a row at the hands of Cleveland.

Kansas City's defense is dangerously good, but they haven't faced anyone quite like Peyton Manning.

Kansas City’s defense is dangerously good, but they haven’t faced anyone quite like Peyton Manning.

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos; Does this one come as a surprise? NFL fans have been waiting for this matchup for weeks as we’ve watched Denver and Kansas City pick up win after win. Now we finally get to see them face off. Some have pointed to KC’s light schedule as the reason for their sudden success but now we get to see how they perform against one of the best teams in football. Denver boasts the best passing offense in the league, which shouldn’t come as a surprise when you have Peyton Manning throwing to weapons like Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas. The Chiefs’ defense, however, is quite possibly the most physical in the NFL. They love to give the ball back to their offense (lead NFL in takeaways) and are extremely stingy when it comes to allowing points (most allowed is 17; average allowed is 12.3). Two of the best teams in the NFL go at it. The only way this could get any better is if it was a playoff game, which we could very well see by the time the January rolls around. On Sunday night, you better be available to watch this one.

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