Week 11 Preview
The NFL is now in Week 11 of the 2020 season; teams are getting an idea of what they will need to accomplish to make the playoffs this year. I provide a rundown of three games that you should consider watching.
Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Minnesota Vikings (4-5)
(-7, 48 O/U)
4:25 PM EST
US Bank Stadium
Before you say this guy is nuts, hear me out. I am looking forward to this game. I do know that the Dallas Cowboys are bad, and I do mean bad. If the Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott had not had a season-ending ankle injury, the Cowboys would probably be leading the NFC East. He did get hurt, and the Cowboys moved on to a Texas native named Andrew Gregory Dalton, otherwise known as Andy Dalton, The Red Rocket.
Dalton himself is returning from a concussion, and while he was out with that injury, the poor guy battled COVID-19 and placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
The three-time Pro Bowler has not played well even when he’s played. The Cowboys have not been able to move the ball at all. The team has only thrown for three touchdowns since Week 5. The Defense allows their opponents to score an average of 28.8 per game, while their offense is only scoring 22.7 per game. I have not even gotten to Ezekiel Elliott yet, and I don’t need to. I can go ahead and tell you that he is missing. Elliott is averaging 63.6 YPG this year, and he’s had a total of five fumbles this year as well. Last year, he averaged 86 YPG and only had three total fumbles. He is missing and, Jerry Jones should offer a reward to get his guy back.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings have won three straight. They went from being a possible Trevor Lawrence destination in next year’s NFL Draft to a team currently battling to maybe make a run and get in the playoffs. If the Vikings beat Dallas as expected, they will only be one game out from being tied in the last playoff spot. If they win, Minnesota will have tied with Chicago, and then the race will be on. The Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals have a relatively more manageable schedule for the rest of the season. The Vikings will have to travel to New Orleans and Tampa. The Cardinals have two games left with the Rams. The Bears still have to play Green Bay twice.
Dalvin Cook will do what he does best, running for a high amount of yards. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson will scorch the Cowboys secondary. The pressure is all on the Vikings for this game. Dallas might be lucky to win one or two more games.
Tennessee Titans (6-3)
Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
(-6, 49.5 O/U)
12:00 PM EST
M&T Bank Stadium
This game has all the makings to be a fantastic game between two 6-3 teams. The Tennesee Titans have been averaging 76.5 red zone touchdown percentage this season. The Baltimore Ravens have allowed a touchdown a little over 76% percent of red zone drives. That’s is just a particular statistic that I found interesting.
The Ravens will need to hold Derrick Henry down, but that is easier to be said than done. He is the first player to average over 100 rushing yards in two straight years.
The other thing the Ravens will have working for them is their ability to be a punishing defense. They have allowed the lowest amount of points this year.
The Titan’s offense struggles in their last four games; they have gone 1-3, only score 21 points per game. They might still be okay if they can overcome the points issue. The Titans have a vast turnover being +10.
Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)
Las Vegas Raiders (6-3)
(+8.5, 57 O/U)
8:20 PM EST
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Kansas City Chiefs had their bye week, and they are on top of the AFC West by two games. The Chiefs have an 8-1 record as they take their first trip to Las Vegas. The Raiders are the only team who has beaten the Chiefs in the 2020 season.
The Raiders are going into this game with a three-game winning streak. The Jon Gruden led team has defeated the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, and Denver Broncos. The only thing that is a concern is Derek Carr. Carr has turned things around, that is for sure, but his stats have been at an almost all-time low. I have not been able to catch the issue if there is one.
Carr has thrown seven yards per passing attempt and a total of 13 passing touchdowns. Carr is not even hitting 7 yards per passing attempt in any game.
The Chiefs will win this game, I am sure, and I say that because Patrick Mahomes will exploit the secondary. I am unsure which cornerbacks he will focus on, but I expect a big passing day for Mahomes. I don’t talk DFS much, but Mahomes is the guy that will be on all my teams tomorrow.