Poupart's Picks: Week 11

Here are the fearless predictions for Week 11 of the NFL season, courtesy of DolphinDigest.com's Alain Poupart.

Sunday, November 18

Cleveland (5-4) at Baltimore (4-5): It's Kyle Boller at quarterback for the Ravens, whose offense has been putrid in recent weeks. The Browns, meanwhile, gained a lot of respect last week even though they blew a lead at Pittsburgh. Cleveland, 24-17.

San Diego (5-4) at Jacksonville (6-3): The Chargers caught a major break last week when Adam Vinatieri missed a chippie field goal, but the truth is the Chargers aren't nearly as good as they were last year. The offensive line isn't playing well, neither is QB Philip Rivers and the defense isn't the same as it was under Wade Phillips. The Jaguars, meanwhile, are solid top to bottom and will take this one at home. Jacksonville, 20-17.

Miami (0-9) at Philadelphia (4-5): John Beck makes his much-anticipate debut for the Dolphins, and that alone will make this game worth watching. But expecting him to get the Dolphins a victory might be too much to ask, even if Brian Westbrook winds up not playing for the Eagles because of a knee problem. Philadelphia, 24-13.

Oakland (2-7) at Minnesota (3-6): Not sure how many people have noticed that the Raiders haven't won a game since they spanked the Dolphins in MIami back in September. They won't win this one, either, even though the Vikings have issues at quarterback and again won't have Adrian Peterson. Minnesota, 20-10.

Kansas City (4-5) at Indianapolis (7-2): Brodie Croyle gets the start at quarterback for the Chiefs, but it won't matter. Peyton Manning again probably will be without Marvin Harrison but he will have tight end Dallas Clark back, and that's going to make a difference for the Colts offense. Indianapolis, 31-13.

Carolina (4-5) at Green Bay (8-1): Two old quaretrbacks will be facing each other in this one, but Brett Favre obviously is a lot more dangerous than Vinny Testaverde. Besides, his defense is better. Green Bay, 27-14.

N.Y. Giants (6-3) at Detroit (6-3): Both teams are coming off humbling performances, the Giants at home against Dallas and Detroit at Arizona. The Lions are a totally different team at home, and we're thinking they'll make enough plays on defense to win this one. Detroit, 24-21.

Tampa Bay (5-4) at Atlanta (3-6): The Falcons have won two games in a row, but they're still not a very good team. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is coming off its bye and kept the lead in the NFC South with New Orleans' loss to St. Louis. They'll show their gratitude here. Tampa Bay, 23-10.

New Orleans (4-5) at Houston (4-5): The moment the Texans and their fans have waited for a long time finally has arrived, and that's the return of Andre Johnson. Watch what kind of difference he makes for the Houston offense. Houston, 28-24.

Arizona (4-5) at Cincinnati (3-6): That actually was a pretty impressive performance the Cardinals put together in their victory over Detroit, while the Bengals finally got a victory by winning at Baltimore. The Bengals defense is still really bad, and that means an Arizona victory on the road. Arizona, 26-23.

Pittsburgh (7-2) at N.Y. Jets (1-8): It's Kellen Clemens time for the Jets. Watch him have a lot of fun with the Steelers' blitzing defense. Pittsburgh, 24-6.

Chicago (4-5) at Seattle (5-4): It's Rex Grossman back at quarterback for the Bears, which means a couple of turnovers guaranteed for Chicago. But we're thinking Grossman will also make some big plays. Besides, Seattle is not a particularly iimpressive team. Chicago, 21-20.

St. Louis (1-8) at San Francisco (2-7): Wow, speaking of teams that are not impressive. This is how bad the 49ers have become. They're at home facing a 1-8 team, and yet are listed as underdogs. The game will show why. St. Louis, 34-17.

Washington (5-4) at Dallas (8-1): The Cowboys have spanked the Eagles and Giants the last two weeks, and now they show their superiority over the Redskins. Dallas, 33-16.

New England (9-0) at Buffalo (5-4): The Bills are on a roll and might have been able to give the Patriots a game here, but that all changed when RB Marshawn Lynch was declared out because of an ankle injury. New England, 34-14.

Monday, November, 19

Tennessee (6-3) at Denver (4-5): The Titans got handled pretty easily by the Jaguars last week, who exposed the fact the Tennessee defense relies an awful lot on DT Albert Haynesworth. He's a question mark for this game and even if he plays won't be at 100 percent. Tennessee also can't get anything done in the passing game, so we're thinking it adds up to a Denver victory. Denver, 20-16.


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