By Kelton Brooks @BrooksWeekly
After throwing 12 touchdowns in two games prior to last week’s head-scratching loss to the New York Jets, word to LeBron James, Ben Roethlisberger threw not four, not five, not six, but one measly touchdown against the abysmal Jets.
A loss to the Jets was baffling and quite frankly shouldn’t have happened, especially in a division where every team has a .600 win percentage or better. Roethlisberger is big time when showcased on primetime stages. A showdown against the 2-7 Tennessee Titans is a remedy that will cure the mysterious sickness came over Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.
But week 11 features a slate of games that could drastically alter both conferences in Buffalo @ Miami in the AFC and Detroit and Arizona in the NFC. Without further ado, let’s get to the predictions.
Week 10 Predictions Results
Brooks: 9-4; Overall: 93-53
Perez: 9-4; Overall: 102-44
Wooten: 9-4; Overall: 82-49
|Week 11 Matchups||Brooks||Perez||Wooten|
|BUF @ MIA||MIA(W)||MIA(W)||MIA(W)|
|MIN @ CHI||CHI(W)||CHI(W)||CHI(W)|
|HOU @ CLE||HOU(W)||CLE(L)||CLE(L)|
|SEA @ KC||SEA(L)||SEA(L)||SEA(L)|
|ATL @ CAR||ATL(W)||CAR(L)||ATL(W)|
|CIN @ NO||NO(L)||NO(L)||NO(L)|
|TB @ WSH||WSH(L)||WSH(L)||WSH(L)|
|DEN @ STL||DEN(L)||DEN(L)||DEN(L)|
|SF @ NYG||SF(W)||SF(W)||SF(W)|
|OAK @ SD||SD(W)||SD(W)||SD(W)|
|PHI @ GB||GB(W)||GB(W)||GB(W)|
|DET @ ARI||DET(L)||DET(L)||DET(L)|
|NE @ IND||NE(W)||NE(W)||IND(L)|
|PIT @ TEN||PIT(W)||PIT(W)||PIT(W)|
New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts
The last time these two teams played each other, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots sent the up-and-coming pup in Andrew Luck home with a 43-22 shellacking in the AFC Divisional game. Brady went 33 of 53 for 333 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the effortless performance.
The Luck versus Peyton Manning attracts the spotlight because it’s pupil versus the predecessor, but luck hasn’t been on the side of the Colts quarterback when facing Brady. Luck has a pedestrian 51.6 completion percentage with seven interceptions in two games against New England while Brady has thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions in those matchups.
Brady and Luck are top-3 in the MVP voting in my book, with both putting up staggering numbers to this point. Luck has a streak of seven consecutive 300-yard passing games heading into Sunday’s battle with the Patriots. New England is fresh off a bye week since dismantling Manning and the high powered Broncos. Manning still threw for 438 yards, which appears as a great day in the office.
Numbers never lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story. Manning was held to a season-low 80.9 passer rating and a season-low of 59.6 completion percentage. The Patriots defense will face a similar test in the Colts offense that leads the NFL with 32.2 points per game, (Denver 31.8). The offense is there for Indianapolis behind the league passing leader in Luck, but the defense is what sets these two teams apart.
Since shutting out the Bengals in week 7, the Colts have allowed a brutal 881 yards and eight touchdowns through the air. Nightmarish news for Indianapolis as Brady is on a stretch of 18 touchdowns to one interception over the Patriots last five victories.
Luck will undoubtedly become the best quarterback in the NFL, but not right now. Game, Patriots.
Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals
Arguably the best game of the week as two NFC powers go head-to-head.
The marquee matchup is Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson who is fresh off a seven catch, 133 yard and one touchdown performance since returning from an ankle injury, versus the reigning NFC Player of the Week in Patrick Peterson who intercepted two passes and returned one for a score in the fourth quarter in a win over the St. Louis Rams.
The duel on the outside will sale tickets, but all eyes will be on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton. Stanton went 2-1 in the absence of Carson Palmer who was dealing with a shoulder injury at the time, but now, Stanton will take over on a full-time basis after Palmer tore his ACL last week.
The injury came only two days after the 34-year-old Palmer signed a three-year contract extension worth $50 million, including $20.5 million guaranteed. He also tore his left ACL in 2006, 10 days after signing a $118 million extension with the Bengals, according to ESPN Stats&Info.
Gut wrenching news for a Cardinals team with Super Bowl aspirations. If Arizona manages to capture a one or two seed in the NFC behind Stanton, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is a lock for the Coach of the Year Award. Mysteriously, the Cardinals passing defense ranks among the worst in the NFL statistically. Arizona is giving up 274.2 yards per game (29th). Matthew Stafford, Johnson, and Golden Tate—who’s having a career year—will test the Cardinals defense.
Detriots has been fool’s gold previous years, but a victory on the road in Arizona will put the league on notice.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are the favorites going into this game. On the other hand, the reemergence of Mark Sanchez has the Eagles red hot.
The Eagles manhandled the Panthers on Monday Night. While the defense made life hell for Cam Newton, Sanchez effectively and efficiently led the highflying offense.
The Packers, however, are as potent as the Eagles on offense. The offensive weapons are pretty much on par to each other. The only difference is at quarterback. Aaron is definitely on a different tier than Mark. He will win this game for the Packers.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans
Pittsburgh sits at 6-4. The Steelers are a team that has all the pieces to be the powerhouse of old. The defense is not the same, but it has young pieces that could step up. The team’s strength definitely is its offense. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had two back-to-back games with six touchdowns and zero interceptions. And then there are the games where the Steelers falter to lowly teams, like against the New York Jets.
This has happened before. The Steelers were supposed to beat Tampa Bay. The Steelers were supposed to beat the Cleveland Browns. This week, Pittsburgh is supposed to beat the Tennessee Titans. Lets see if the Steelers handle their business and do what they are supposed to do.
Words From Wooten
Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears
With Adrian Peterson’s NFL future still up in the air, the Vikings have been a different team without their star player. Marc Trestman is on the on hot seat in Chicago, you can expect him to come and make a statement vicariously through his team. The Bears need to get a win against the Vikings just to ease the flow of everything that is happening within the organization. Players are calling out other players along with horrible coaching. The Bears will hopefully get a win at home against their division rivals.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers
The Eagles looked very good against the Panthers this past Monday. In fact, I’m sure no one expected Mark Sanchez to come in and give a good performance.
It is as if Sanchez fits the system as well as Nick Foles because he’s leading his wide receivers with his passes, he knows how to read defenses a little better than Foles and he’s no longer showing his emotions on his sleeve. The receivers are looking very good in helping Sanchez as well.
Now to switch teams, Aaron Rodgers is straight up dismantling defenses. With a QBR of 120.1 on the season, you can assume that playing the Eagles will just be another game for him going against the Eagles’ 22nd-ranked pass defense.
All in all, you can expect for the Packers and his offense to have a field day against the Eagles in Green Bay Sunday.