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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 NFL SEASON WEEK 11




WINLESS WATCH

Raiders (0-9): at Chargers


MUST WATCH GAMES

Bills at Dolphins

When these two teams met in Buffalo in Week 2, the Bills dominated the Dolphins in a 29-10 victory. Now both teams are fighting for their chances to break their postseason droughts. Miami last appeared in playoffs in 2008 as the AFC East champion.

The last time Buffalo made the playoffs…


Miami at least won a playoff game in this century. The last time Buffalo won a playoff game… this guy was president.



Seahawks at Chiefs

Probably the loudest venue the Seahawks will visit all season long. The Chiefs have the record for the world's loudest outdoor stadium previously held by the Seahawks.

This game has the makings of a defensive struggle. The Chiefs are second in the league allowing points and seventh in yards allowed while the Seahawks are tenth in points allowed and third in yards allowed.


Texans at Browns

The Cleveland Browns are in first place in the AFC North. In their win over the Bengals a week ago, the Browns forced 4 turnovers. The Texans lead the league in turnovers with 21.


Bengals at Saints

Anyone get the feeling that this game has the feeling of a playoff elimination. The Saints could lose this game and still make the playoffs as the NFC South champion. The Bengals started the season 3-0, but have followed it up with a 2-3-1 stretch.

Both the Bengals and Saints share the same opponents in their respective schedules. The Bengals play the NFC South and are 1-0-1 against this division with this game at New Orleans and then at Tampa in Week 13. The Bengals are in an odd stretch too playing five of their final seven games on the road. As for their AFC North record, they are 2-1 against the division with a game at Cleveland in Week 15 and open December hosting the Steelers and closing out the season at Pittsburgh.

The Saints are also 2-1 against their division, but right now 0-1 against the AFC North. The Saints next three games are against the AFC North with back-to-back home games followed by a road game at Pittsburgh followed three of their final four games against the NFC South.


Eagles at Packers

Both teams are coming off dominating victories in primetime. Green Bay led 42-0 at the half over the Bears while the Eagles built a 31-7 halftime lead over Carolina. Now both teams are facing competition that is more on their level.


Lions at Cardinals

Last Sunday was the first time I saw a Cardinals game all season and I am impressed with their defense. The Cardinals lost quarterback Carson Palmer to a knee injury and is relying on Drew Stanton for the rest of the season. Cardinals coach believes that Stanton will lead the team to a Super Bowl.

I think this team with its defense alone will make the playoffs, but a Super Bowl? I don't think this Cardinals defense is at that level yet.

Don't discount the Lions. They too have a top ranked defense.


Patriots at Colts

Patriots-Colts used to invoke images of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Now this game features Tom Brady and Andrew Luck.

While Brady has his past accomplishments of three Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl MVPs, Luck has some accomplishments to crow about. He leads the league in passing yards, he is second in passing touchdowns behind Peyton Manning, and is third in completed passes.

Since 2012, the Colts have beaten a team with a Super Bowl MVP quarterback (2012 Packers, 2013 Broncos) and this season the Colts have beaten the Ravens and Giants. The Colts are currently on a four game losing streak against the Patriots, all of those previous games took place in New England.

The last time the Colts defeated the Patriots was their last meeting in Indianapolis.





And now the picks.

Kickoff times are mountain time, games airing in Denver are noted by (DEN), and picks are in BOLD.



Me
WEEK 10
10-3
10-3
9-4
TOTAL
99-47-1
93-53-1
94-52-1


BYE WEEK
Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets, Ravens


THURSDAY NIGHT, NFL 6:15 PM
Bills at Dolphins


FOX 11AM
Seahawks at Chiefs (DEN)
49ers at Giants
Falcons at Panthers
Buccaneers at Washington


CBS 11AM
Broncos at Rams (DEN)
Bengals at Saints
Texans at Browns
Vikings at Bears


FOX 2PM
Eagles at Packers (DEN)
Lions at Cardinals

CBS 2PM
Raiders at Chargers


SUNDAY NIGHT, NBC 6:15 PM
Patriots at Colts


MONDAY NIGHT, ESPN 6:15 PM
Steelers at Titans


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