Sunday’s action in Week 11 of the NFL season featured starting QB debuts that both ended in wins by the Saints’ Taysom Hill and the Panthers’ P.J. Walker. Washington’s QB Alex Smith got his first win in two years by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals – who lost QB Joe Burrow to a season-ending ACL injury. Fellow rookie QB Justin Herbert continued his magical season with another three touchdown day as the (3-7) Los Angeles Chargers actually held onto the lead over the (0-10) New York Jets. Let’s dive into our NFL Week 11 betting recap to find out more.
Rookies Chase Young and Joe Burrow share a moment as Burrow is carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/prZ3TEicae
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 22, 2020
Week 11 had an instant classic between two Hall-of-Fame worthy QBs (Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers) in Indianapolis, as the (7-3) Packers fumbled away their chance in OT against the Colts. In other OT action, the (7-3) Titans’ defeated the (6-4) Ravens on an impressive TD run by RB Derrick Henry. The day ended in grand-fashion with another Patrick Mahomes’ signature moment in the crunch time of a game on Sunday Night Football.
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— ESPN (@espn) November 23, 2020
NFL Week 11 Games that Mattered Most
The NFL playoffs odds picture is shaping up to be a great race in the NFC and AFC. The end of the regular season is in sight as every team except the Buccaneers and the Panther has had their Bye Week. There were many games this week that could have huge implications for the playoff picture.
The AFC Games that Mattered
AFC playoff picture after 11 weeks:
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) November 23, 2020
Tennessee Titans 30, Baltimore Ravens 24
Tennessee Titans’ running back Derrick Henry had his second touchdown in walk-off style this season – this time he left the Baltimore Ravens defense in his dust after a nice jump cut that led to his 29-yard touchdown run to seal a 30-24 OT victory for the (7-3) Titans over the (6-4) Ravens.
After the game Ravens’ MVP-QB Lamar Jackson said, “It looked like that team wanted it more than us.” That seemed to be the case when Titans’ receiver A.J. Brown went beast-mode and forced his way into the end zone to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. This game felt similar to when these two teams met earlier this year during last season’s playoffs — the Titans advanced to the AFC Championship with a 28-12 victory.
This could prove to be a pivotal game for both of these ball clubs as they get ready for their divisional matchups with the first-place teams in each of their divisions. There is reason for concern in Baltimore. The (6-4) Ravens have to travel to Pittsburgh on a short week for a rematch of the (10-0) Pittsburgh Steelers who already beat them 28-24 in an NFL Week 8 matchup.
Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Jacksonville Jaguars 3
Pittsburgh (10-0) stayed undefeated as they overwhelmed the (1-9) Jacksonville Jaguars 27-3. The 2020 Steelers are the 18th team in the Super Bowl era to start the season 10-0. 10 out of the 17 previous teams made the Super Bowl that year – the last being the 2015 Carolina Panthers. Check out the NFL betting odds for Pittsburgh to make it to 16-0.
The Steelers seem to be heating up as they have easily handled two of the NFL’s worst teams the previous two weeks. The Steelers are relatively healthy which is key as they get ready to host the Ravens for their prime-time Thanksgiving night rematch. The Ravens pose as the biggest obstacle to the Steelers’ path to perfection.
However, their running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins will be out due to testing positive for COVID-19.
— Chris BallardⓂ️ (@ChrisBaIIard) November 23, 2020
Kansas City Chiefs 35, Las Vegas Raiders 31
QB Patrick Mahomes led another perfect two-minute drill by going 6-7 for 75 yards and a TD in 75 seconds. The TD-pass to TE Travis Kelsce with 0:28 seconds left on the clock gave the (9-1) Chiefs the 35-31 victory over the (6-4) Las Vegas Raiders.
— Memo Herdez (@lopezgu) November 23, 2020
The Kansas City Chiefs practically locked up the division title with the win over their divisional rivals. They still sit a game back of the undefeated Steelers for the top-seed and the bye week in the new seven-team playoff format.
Kansas City’s offense has another level of play that other teams in the NFL can only envy and try and achieve. When Mahomes and Co. turn it on the Defending Champs become nearly unstoppable. Coach Andy Reid is a master of managing a game with his offense depending on how his defense is playing – which means his offense can play at a safer and slower pace.
Denver Broncos 20, Miami Dolphins 13
The Denver Broncos’ defense proved too tough for rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa, as the (3-7) Broncos upset the (6-4) Miami Dolphins 20-13. Denver was able to sack Tagovailoa six times as their defense stifled the Dolphins’ offense. On Offense the Broncos were led by a nice rushing attack that gained 189 yards on the ground. Running-backs Philip Lindsey and Melvin Gordon III. both had over 80 yards on the day.
Miami’s offense did not show up and was held to 105 yards in the first three-quarters, which led to the temporary benching of Tagovailoa. The Broncos exposed major flaws in the Dolphins’ offensive line by getting to the QB with four-man rushes using simple stunts. The (6-4) Dolphins now have about a 50% chance of making the playoffs.
Houston Texans 27, New England Patriots 20
The New England Patriots blew their chance to gain a game on the Dolphins who still sit two games ahead of them in the wild-card race. Instead the Patriots captured their six loss of the season for the first time since 2009. The Patriots came into the game heating up – winning three of their last four games – but now with the loss to a bad Houston Texans team, the Patriots are looking at missing the playoffs.
Houston’s QB Deshaun Watson all but ruined the (4-6) Patriots’ playoff hopes as he was too much in a 27-20 win for the (3-7) Texans. Watson was 28-37 for 344 yards and two TDs through the air and added 36 yards and another score on the ground. The AFC is crowded at the top and the Patriots are still two games back with six games remaining.
DESHAUN WATSON IS UNREAL 💪
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 22, 2020
NFL Week 11 Betting Recap-Non-Conference Games that Mattered
Indianapolis Colts 31, Green Bay Packers 28
The (7-3) Indianapolis Colts forced four turnovers- the fourth came in over-time which set up the game-winning field-goal in their 34-31 OT win over the (7-3) Green Bay Packers. This was a huge win for Coach Frank Reich’s club as they took down one of the best teams in the NFL. Turnovers were key to the Colts’ success- winning the turnover battle 4-2.
Frank Reich is at it again!
A week after having two of the top five best 4th down decisions, the Colts head coach takes home the top spot.
— EdjSports (@edjsports) November 23, 2020
The Colts have to quickly shift their focus back to the (7-3) Titans who are also coming off a huge OT NFL matchup win over the (6-4) Ravens. The Colts who defeated the Titans two weeks ago in an NFL Week 9 matchup 34-17 are looking to sweep their division rivals. The AFC South Champion will most likely be the winner of the Week 12 showdown between the (7-3) Colts and the (7-3) Titans.
Cleveland Browns 22, Philadelphia Eagles 17
Even in the absence of DE Myles Garrett, the (7-3) the Cleveland Browns’ defense delivered in a 22-17 victory over the (3-6-1) Philadelphia Eagles. Cleveland’s RB Nick Chubb carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards which helped the Browns control the game. At 7-3, the Browns achieved their best 10-game record since Bill Belichick’s 8-2, 1994 Browns team.
— Bryan Shaw (@WxShaw) November 22, 2020
Cleveland holds sole possession of second place in a highly competitive AFC North. More importantly, they control their own destiny of breaking the NFL’s longest playoff drought. With six regular-season games left, the Browns have one of the league’s best run games and defenses. This equals playoff success. The Browns have benefited from playing bad teams the past few weeks. They get the pleasure of traveling to Jacksonville to take on the (1-9) Jaguars next week.
The (3-6-1) Eagles are somehow still atop the NFC East. Even as Carson Wentz continues to struggle and hurt his team with his decision making. The Eagles feel like a team destined to fail this season by losing the division and missing the playoffs. All four teams in the NFC East have three wins this season. The Eagles have a brutal four-game schedule before closing their year out with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Football Team.
NFL Week 11 Betting Recap: NFC Games that Mattered
— Cam Stevenson (@CamKam47) November 23, 2020
New Orleans Saints 24, Atlanta Falcons 9
The New Orleans Saints found another way to win using their do-it-all specialist Taysom Hill at QB in their dominant 24-9 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Taysom Hill, who has played QB/WR/RB/TE/PR/KR is the NFL’s most versatile dangerous player.
The Saints’ defense has played lights-out football for three consecutive weeks. They’ve proved they can carry this team if their potent offense sputters out at times. New Orleans defense delivered 11 QB hits and 11 passes defended as they took control of the NFC’s top-seed.
The Saints’ ability to win in a multitude of ways makes them dangerous. It will be hard for teams to game plan against coach Sean Payton’s offense. The Saints’ defense is once again improving late in the season which makes them the favorite to win the NFC’s No. 1 seed.
Trey Hendrickson is tied for the NFL lead in sacks right now. 😎
— Kay Adams (@heykayadams) November 23, 2020
Dallas Cowboys 31, Minnesota Vikings 28
The (3-7) Dallas Cowboys were able to find a way to capture a 31-28 victory over the (4-6) Minnesota Vikings. Dallas’ QB Andy Dalton threw for 203 yards and three TDs in an impressive win that keeps them tied in the wins column with the (3-6-1) Eagles.
The Cowboys came into the game on a four-game losing streak and their season on the brink of destruction. How quickly things can turn around for a team. Suddenly their third win puts them in a tie (in the win column) for first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys are going to have to continue to score more than 30 points if they want to continue to win with their sorry defense.
The loss to Dallas put a huge damper on the Vikings’ chances to make a late run at the playoffs. The Vikings were one of the hottest teams coming into Week 11, but their defense’s struggles haunted them again. It’s the same story from earlier this year when Minnesota lost five out of their first six games. The Vikings still have a potent offense and an outside shot at the NFC’s No. 7 seed.
Just goes to show what trends mean in the NFL – one of the coldest teams took down one of the hottest teams.
Why did Joey Bosa just kick Carson Wentz? pic.twitter.com/tDcoK2NHvh
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) November 22, 2020