Week 11 Game Picks

Brian: RAMS 17, DOLPHINS 14

Jeff Fisher finally cut the cord to Case Keenum and in reality bought himself extra time as the Rams coach now that Jared Goff is the starter.  Fisher has the benefit of leaning on the fact it takes time to grow through the struggles with developing a rookie such as Goff.  Either way expect more mediocrity from the Rams.  This week however I actually like the matchup they have with the suddenly surging Dolphins.  Miami is now 5-4 after pulling off a solid road win last week in San Diego.  Rookie head coach Adam Gase appears to be changing the culture for the better in South Beach.  If this game was in Miami I would take the Dolphins 100/100 times, but I think Goff injects a little life into the home faithful and his teammates to grab the victory at the Coliseum.

Ryan:  DOLPHINS 28, RAMS 17

            This game is all about number 1 overall selection Jared Goff.  He will be making his first start of the season.  Mr. 8-8 said Keenum was the starter on Monday and that Goff will start when “he’s ready.”  Not so sure what happened from Monday to Tuesday but Goff is now “ready.”  I’ll tell you how he became ready so fast.  Bozo owner Stan Kroenke said he’s ready.  The Dolphins have turned around their season.  Although they playoffs are a long shot by my count they should be able to get the W facing a rookie in his first start.

Brian: COWBOYS 24, RAVENS 20

Dallas did it again last week against the Steelers in one of the best games in the NFL so far this season.  Dak Prescott led the offense right down the field and Zeke Elliot finished off the win after Big Ben gave Pittsburgh the lead.  This week Jerry’s Boys face another AFC North opponent this time at home against Baltimore.  Joe Flacco and the first place Ravens have had extra time to prepare for Dallas after beating the Brown on Thursday night.  The Ravens have the league’s best run defense while Dallas obviously leads the league in rushing with Elliot.  I think the Ravens defense holds firm, but the offense lacks explosive playmakers who can expose the Dallas defense.  I’ll take Dallas to win their ninth in a row.

Ryan:  RAVENS 23, COWBOYS 20

            When will Dallas lose a game?  I talked about this in our NFC East segment but the team that will beat them will stress their defense and force Dak to make enough plays.  It’s harder than it appears.  I like the Ravens defense on Sunday.  It’s been a bright spot for them even though they sit at 5-4.  The Ravens are also coming off an extended break by playing last Thursday.  They will need to be sharp in order to pull off a much needed upset for Eagles fans.  You might think I’m crazy but I like the upset here.  Dallas is coming off a huge win.  Maybe feeling themselves a bit and are in a prime spot for a let down.


The seat is getting hotter by the minute for Packers head coach Mike McCarthy as Green Bay was embarrassed last week in Tennessee.  Personally I think McCarthy is one of the most overrated coaches in the league as the majority of his success stems from Rodgers ability.  This season the other areas of that team are being exposed as the offense is having a difficult time scoring the same amount of points in years past.  At some point I think Rodgers simply wins a game by himself even if his teammates are average.  Washington almost blew a 14 point home lead last week against the inept Vikings offense.  The Redskins have really coasted along for most of the season without any statement wins to speak of.  I like the Pack to briefly right the ship at Landover on Sunday night.


The Packers suck.  Not enough guys are playing their best or even playing hard for that matter.  They look disinterested and bored.  Not sure why they’re bored because they are getting pounded week in and week out.  Their running game is non existent thanks to a number of injuries and their defense is entering same realm.  Redskins bounced back after their bye by beating the Vikings.  This is the SNF game of the week but I’m not so sure how good a game it will be.  I’ll take the home team because I have no idea what I’m getting from the visiting team.


I said it last week leading up to the Falcons game that the Eagles could win by controlling the clock and establishing balance on offense.  I did not expect those two things to happen at all based on recent performances, however Doug Pederson coached one of his better games in the Falcons victory.  This week’s matchup against Seattle is an entirely different animal as the Eagles travel to arguably the most difficult place to play in the league.  They also face a much better defense than the one they did in Week 10 at home.  I would be astonished if the Eagles can line up and pound the rock against Seattle as they did on Atlanta.  Simply put the Eagles receivers will need to help out Carson Wentz for once.  Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are the guys who will have to get the job done because the other two wide receivers won’t stand a chance in this game.  The Eagles defense can certainly help out the offense by turning over Russell Wilson, but he tends to protect the ball pretty well at home.  This game will be tight throughout, but red zone field goals instead of touchdowns will be the difference.


            Eagles are in a tough spot.  Seattle has the best home field advantage in the league.  Although this isn’t the Seattle teams of a few years ago they are still arguably one of the 3 best teams in the league.  The question everyone has in regards to the Eagles is, Can they make enough plays to win?  Seattle will put these WR’s on lockdown.  All three TE’s will need to contribute if the Eagles want to pull off a massive upset.  Pederson needs to coach this game like a playoff game.  He can’t come out and dink and dunk because this team will be eaten alive by the Seahawks defense.  I’m not saying he needs to go for it on all 4th downs either but he needs to find a happy medium.  Maybe It’s a fake punt on 4th and short or surprise them with some stuff they haven’t ran all year.  In the end I just don’t think they can make enough plays.  I don’t think Seattle will light up this Eagles defense either.


Brian’s Record:  17-22

Ryan’s Record:   20-19

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