Poupart's Picks: Week 11

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 11 of the 2006 NFL season, courtesy of Dolphin Digest Associate Editor Alain Poupart.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Minnesota (4-5) at Miami (3-6) — The Vikings can't pass the ball or pass-protect, but they're impossible to run on and Ronnie Brown is a question mark. Translation: Don't expect a lot of scoring in this game. But we like the way the Dolphins are playing defense lately. Prediction: Miami, 16-13.

Buffalo (3-6) at Houston (3-6) — The Texans have played much better recently, with Mario Williams finally starting to live up to his draft status. The Bills, meanwhile, are coming off a crushing loss against the Colts and they'll feel the hangover effect. Prediction: Houston, 22-16.

Chicago (8-1) at N.Y. Jets (5-4) — So much for the Bears being headed for a slide after their loss to the Dolphins. Look, this is still a great team and Brian Urlacher and the rest of the Chicago defense will be too much for Chad Pennington and Co. Prediction: Chicago, 24-13.

Atlanta (5-4) at Baltimore (7-2) — The Ravens are in complete control of the AFC North, while the Falcons are coming off a bad loss against Cleveland. The Falcons need this game much more, and we're still not buying the Ravens as this great team. Besides, Ray Lewis is banged up. Prediction: Atlanta, 20-17.

Cincinnati (4-5) at New Orleans (6-3) — The Bengals are in danger of watching their season go down the drain, but their offense at least came alive last week against San Diego with Chad Johnson having a huge game. The Saints defense isn't great, and we see Cincy taking a shootout here. Prediction: Cincinnati, 34-30.

Oakland (2-7) at Kansas City (5-4) — Trent Green returns at quarterback for the Chiefs, but, really, does it matter against the lowly Raiders, who actually are playing decent defense but are horrible on offense? Prediction: Kansas City, 21-10.

New England (6-3) at Green Bay (4-5) — Lo and behold, the Patriots actually are on a losing streak. But it's hard to see Tom Brady and his boys falling for a third straight game, particularly against such a mediocre defense. Prediction: New England, 31-16.

St. Louis (4-5) at Carolina (5-4) — The Rams are fallen on hard times since their quick start, while the Panthers slowly are making their move despite still looking to play their best football. Too much Steve Smith and Julius Peppers here. Prediction: Carolina, 23-16.

Pittsburgh (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6) — The Steelers offense was tremendous against New Orleans last weekend, while the Browns defense shut down Michael Vick. This could be a close game because Cleveland has played decent football lately. But we're still thinking the Steelers have too much. Prediction: Pittsburgh, 20-17.

Tennessee (2-7) at Philadelphia (5-4) — Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook represent a tough combination, particularly for a mediocre Titans defense. The Eagles are ready to make their move in the NFC East. Prediction: Philadelphia, 30-16.

Washington (3-6) at Tampa Bay (2-7) — Jason Campbell gets the call for the Redskins in probably the worst matchup of the weekend. Prediction: Tampa Bay, 17-14.

Seattle (6-3) at San Francisco (4-5) — Mike Nolan has the 49ers on the verge of the .500 mark in Frisco, which is quite an accomplishment. But the Seahawks just have too much, regardless of how much either Shaun Alexander and/or Matt Hasselbeck play. Prediction, Seattle, 23-17.

Detroit (2-7) at Arizona (1-8) — Another really bad matchup. Matt Leinart hasn't done much lately, but he could have success against the porous Detroit defense. But we'll take our chances with Jon Kitna, Kevin Jones and Roy Williams. Prediction: Detroit, 28-23.

Indianapolis (9-0) at Dallas (5-4) — The Colts looked very beatable last week against Buffalo, but it was a letdown game after victories at Denver and New England. This is another game for which they'll be up, and the Cowboys just can't keep up even though Tony Romo is playing well at quarterback. Prediction: Indianapolis, 27-20.

San Diego (7-2) at Denver (7-2) — The game of the week. The Chargers just might have the better team, thanks to LT and Philip Rivers, but they'll again be without Shawne Merriman and Marty Schottenheimer just doesn't win in Denver very often. Prediction: Denver, 20-17.

Monday, Nov. 20

N.Y. Giants (6-3) at Jacksonville (5-4) — The Giants got exposed a bit by the Bears last weekend, while the Jags laid an egg against Houston. One of those two will rebound, and we're guessing the Jaguars defense will make the difference and make Tom Coughlin's return to Jacksonville painful. Prediction: Jacksonville, 19-16.

Last week's record: 10-6

Season record: 90-54


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