NFL Week 11 in review
All of the NFL’s 32 clubs have now played 10 games after 11 weeks of the season and the playoff race is pretty tight. Fourteen teams have winning records with six more of them at 5-5. Four out of the league’s eight divisions have two teams tied at the top of them. And in the other four divisions, the top team only has a one-game lead. The teams with the best record of 8-2 are Atlanta, the New York Jets, and New England. However, even San Francisco with a 3-7 record and Houston at 4-6 are still in the playoff race.
Week 11 kicked off last Thursday night with Chicago shutting out Miami 16-0. The Bear’s defence was excellent and they now sit at 7-3 and are tied for first place in the NFC North. Miami sits at 5-5 and are more or less out of it in the AFC East.
Green Bay went to 7-3 after hammering Minnesota 31-3. Minnesota coach Brad Childress was fired after the embarrassing loss as his former team now sits at 3-7. It’d take a near miracle for the Vikings to make the playoffs now. Leslie Frazer, the team’s defensive coordinator has been placed in charge of the team for the time being.
Dallas interim coach Jason Garrett is doing a good job with the Cowboys and is two for two after leading the team to a 35-19 victory over Detroit. The New York Jets came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Houston 30-27. They’ve now won their last three games on the last play of the game as their previous two wins came in overtime.
The New England Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-28 at home and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York giants 27-17. The Eagles are now in first place in the NFC East with a 7-3 record while the Giants dropped to 6-4.
In other games, Baltimore beat Carolina 37-13, Pittsburgh smoked Oakland 35-3, New Orleans beat Seattle 34-19, Kansas City beat Arizona 31-13, Jacksonville beat Cleveland 24-20, Tampa Bay shutout San Francisco 21-0, Atlanta doubled St. Louis 34-17, Buffalo beat Cincinnati 49-31, and San Diego beat Denver 35-14.
When it came to beating the spreads, nine home teams were victorious straight up, with just seven of them wining against the spread. In what was considered to be the biggest upset of week 11, Washington beat Tennessee 19-16 in overtime. Washington went into the road game as seven-point underdogs.