The New Orleans Saints face the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this week. New Orleans is riding high on an eight-game winning streak, while Philadelphia is reeling from a home loss to Dallas and are finding themselves now fighting for their lives in a weak, but competitive NFC East.
The Saints’ offense has been an absolute wrecking machine in recent weeks, showing no mercy and steamrolling through the competition. Philly may reign as the champs of the NFL, but the Saints are focused and determined to take their place at the mountaintop. There is no doubt the Saints have the “Eye of the Tiger” and the chance is now before them to not only win a big game over a desperate opponent, but to make a statement to the entire league that the Saints’ time is upon us.
Now lets take a look at this and all of the NFL action in Week 11.
Last week I went 7-7
I told you so: Colts over Jags!
What do I know: Jets over Bills?
Thursday, November 15th - Thursday Night Football
Although both defenses have played much better than expected this season, this game will come down to the star quarterbacks, and Aaron Rodgers will outduel Russell Wilson in this must-win game. Green Bay wins 27-12.
Sunday, November 18th - Early Games
Baltimore’s offense outplays Cincy in this one and Baltimore’s defense will force the Bengals into a critical mistake late. Baltimore wins 28-23.
Atlanta, at home, will force Dallas to play catch-up, a position they just aren't very good at. Atlanta wins 28-16.
Buccaneers(3-6) at Giants(2-7)
Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa passing attack will win a shootout against the Giants at MetLife. Tampa wins 32-26.
Despite still fielding most of the same talent that smacked Pittsburgh last postseason, the Jags are falling apart this season. The Steelers will take advantage and exact some revenge from that stinging playoff loss. Pittsburgh wins 38-26.
Behind great play from Deshaun Watson, Houston will get a big road victory over Alex Smith and the Skins in Washington. Houston wins 21-20.
Tennessee’s defense will outplay the Colts in Indy. Tennessee wins 28-19.
Carolina will get a bounce back victory over the mediocre Lions in Motown. Carolina wins 29-27.
Sunday, November 18th - Late Games
The Chargers are both Los Angeles’ and the NFL’s most underrated team and they will beat up on their rivals from Denver. Los Angeles wins 21-12.
If it wasn’t for teams from the Bay Area, the Cards wouldn’t have any wins this season. Arizona wins 27-24.
Eagles(4-5) at Saints(8-1)
The Saints have been on an absolute tear in recent weeks. Scoring at will on offense and even coming up with sacks and turnovers on defense. When this team is humming, it’s a thing of beauty for the fans and a thing that can terrify opponents. The opponent is now the team than enjoyed their own magical year a season ago, a team, in Philadelphia, that achieved the goal that the Saints are striving to accomplish themselves.
Philly has some serious threats that make life difficult for their opponents, like their imposing defensive front seven, but on offense, Philly has recently welcomed a player that has been a thorn in the Saints’ side for quite some time now. The biggest threat for the Saints to handle will be Philly’s newly-acquired reciever Golden Tate, who will go for 8 catches for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’ll be impressive, but it won't be even close to enough to hang with these Saints.
Tate may have a big game, but Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, and the rest of this dynamic and explosive Saints offense will continue to roll and will have the Superdome crowd at a fever pitch. The Saints have waited a long time for this matchup. The one that got away. Now the opportunity is here, and the Saints will make the most of it. Saints win 37-26.
Sunday Night Football
In what will prove to be a defensive struggle, Minnesota will benefit from a game-changing interception from Mitchell Trubisky to win this pivotal divisional game. Minnesota wins 21-17.
Monday, November 19th - Monday Night Football
Originally this was a neutral site home game for the Rams in Mexico City, now the game shifts to the Rams’ actual home of Los Angeles. These two have been two of the top three teams in the NFL all season and this game should be one of the better games of the year.
The starpower in this game is perfectly suited for the Hollywood setting. Jared Goff and his speedy targets Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks against Patrick Mahomes and his lethal targets Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Of course, let’s not forget one of the NFL’s best backs in Todd Gurley bolstering the LA backfield.
The biggest X-factor in this game though, and the star that will shine brightest in Tinseltown on Monday Night will be KC’s dynamic back, Kareem Hunt. Hunt and the Chiefs will match LA play for play and score for score, winning a wild shootout in primetime. Handing Los Angeles only its second loss of the season. Kansas City wins 42-41.
There we go, Week 11 is shaping up to be pretty interesting. The Saints have the chance to win their ninth-straight game and that would be quite the feat. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below!