With the playoffs inching closer, a number of high-profile matchups will feature in Week 11 and none may be bigger than the 7-2 Arizona Cardinals playing host to the 8-1 Cincinnati Bengals as both sides angle for postseason position.
The Cardinals, fresh off a huge 39-32 victory over Seattle, are trying to keep pace with undefeated Carolina in the NFC playoff standings while the Bengals suffered their first loss of the season but remain in contention with still perfect New England for one of the AFC’s tops seeds.
Last week underdogs won nine of the 12 matchups, according to VegasInsider.com, so perhaps some of Week 11’s lines should be taken with a grain of salt. Seattle’s the biggest favorite of the week, predicted to beat the beleaguered San Francisco 49ers by 12 points, while Carolina and New England are both favored to stay blemish free by a touchdown.
Two games, Green Bay at Minnesota and Dallas at Miami, are considered even or picks by Las Vegas. The Packers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and could further lose control of the NFC North to the 7-2 Vikings, while the Cowboys are welcoming quarterback Tony Romo back to the lineup against an up-and-down Dolphins defense.
Every game should be an intriguing matchup, and it figures to be a difficult week for office pool players. The pool rules are simple, just circle the team you believe will win and then tally the total number of correct choices. The player with the most correct picks wins Week 11.
In the event of a tiebreaker, use “Monday Night Football’s” combined score to determine a winner. This week the New England Patriots are favored by a touchdown over the Buffalo Bills, and however much each team scores those numbers will be added together. The player whose guess is closest to the tally wins.
Below is the full schedule for Week 11’s games, and you can click here to download a printable version of the document.