2013 NFL Power Rankings, Week 11 Edition
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Give us one bold prediction for Week 11?
Kevin Hanson (follow on Twitter):
While sacks are a relatively new statistic, no player has more sacks in one game (since they've been tracked) than a Chiefs pass rusher: Derrick Thomas (seven). In fact, Thomas is also tied for second on that list with 6.0 sacks along with Fred Dean and Osi Umyeniora.
My bold prediction is that the Chiefs will get to Peyton Manning the way Thomas got to Seattle's Dave Krieg back in 1990 as Justin Houston, who currently has 11.0 sacks this season, will tie the franchise record with 7.0 sacks. While Manning is exceptional at getting the ball out of his hands quickly, the Chiefs will undoubtedly focus their defensive nameplate on pressuring Manning, who is dealing with a bum ankle.
One of the great things about the Sunday Night Football matchup is we get to see the league's best offense slug it out with the league's best defense (at least based on terms of points scored and points allowed).
John Trifone (follow on Twitter):
I'll give you two bold predictions for Week 11. The first is that the 49ers are going to go into New Orleans and get a win.
Now before you say that's not too bold, consider how dominant the Saints have been at home. They are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents 176-75. The spread has them as a 3.5-point favorite, but I think most people would be more than a little surprised if the Niners won the game; especially after losing at home to Carolina, while the Saints are coming off a 49-17 thrashing of the Cowboys.
My second bold prediction is that the Jaguars are about to start their first winning streak of the season. I have them winning their first home game of the year and second game in a row against the Cardinals this week.
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Sean Beazley (follow on Twitter):
My bold prediction for Week 11 is that Mr. Snow Suit Ray Rice rushes for more yards this Sunday versus the Bears than he did in his previous four games combined (126). Rice is a 20-25 point fantasy RB this week against a Bears defense that is awful against the run. Rice deserves to be benched or limited to a flex role on most rosters right now, but this week he is a must start.
Dan Yanotchko (follow on Twitter):
Just when you think you can count the defending Super Bowl champions out, the Ravens are elbowing their way back into the playoff picture. Although they had quite the scare against a banged up Bengals team, ( I apologize for putting the hex on them and saying they will make the Super Bowl).
The Ravens will go into Soldier Field this week, and gut out yet another surprising win against the Bears. Although the Bears are competent under Josh McCown, the Ravens have been hanging around, and will make the second half playoff push with a big road win.