NFL Week 11 Preview

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By: Darius Boamah

The NFL is now entering week 11 of the 2020 season, who knew we would make it this far! Here are the top five games to look out for this weekend.

5. Miami Dolphins vs. Denver Broncos Sunday @ 4:05 PM EST CBS

The Miami Dolphins travel to Denver to take on the Broncos on Sunday. The Dolphins are on a five-game win streak, three of those wins behind rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Broncos on the other hand are on a two-game lose streak. This game is more important for Miami compared to Denver. Currently, the Dolphins are sitting in second place in the AFC East, behind the Bills. If they can win this game they can take the first spot in the division, something most NFL fans did not see coming. The Dolphins owe lots of their success to their defense who keeps showing up in important games. Last week, they held the Chargers to 5.1 yards per pass and 3.4 yards per carry. Tua has also been solid for the past three weeks since he took over as starter, in three weeks, he has thrown five touchdowns and zero interceptions. The Broncos may be in trouble this weekend with a load of injuries. According to ESPN, quarterback Drew Lock and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy are listed as questionable. The Broncos will need to rely on their defense as they are missing their offensive core. This year, Denver’s defense has held teams to under seven yards per pass and 4.4 yards per carry. This game will be close and both teams will be fighting hard to win. 

4. Kansas City Cheifs vs. Las Vegas Raiders Sunday @ 8:20 PM EST NBC

The Kansas City Cheifs will travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders in a big AFC West showdown. The Cheifs’ only loss this season is to the Raiders, so, the Cheifs will be looking for revenge. In the AFC West, Kansas City sit in first place and Las Vegas in second. The Raiders are on a three-game win streak and will be looking to carry that form this weekend. This season, Vegas quarterback Derek Carr has thrown for about 250 yards per game and 16 touchdowns. The Raiders’ other offensive asset is running back Josh Jacobs. This year he has been on fire running for an average of 78 yards per game. Jacobs can find some holes in the Kansas City defense because they do not have a great run defense. On the year, the Cheifs have allowed almost five yards per carry. In the air, the Cheifs are much better, holding teams to just 6.6 yards per game. On the other side, the Cheifs have a very strong offense under Patrick Mahomes. The Raiders will need to come ready to defend because Kansas City will bring the fire. The Cheifs average about 300 passing yards per game and almost 120 yards rushing. This will be an intense game and both teams will be hunting for a win. 

3. Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday @ 8:15 PM EST ESPN

The Los Angeles Rams will fly to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers for Monday night football. Both teams have been solid this season. Both teams are coming off of wins and need to continue winning if they want to have success in their respective divisions. Both teams are in second place and are only one game away from taking the top spot. Tampa Bay’s offense has looked strong this season and may be their strongest asset. The Buccaneers also have a fairly strong defense that will be important against the Rams. Tampa Bay has a very strong rush defense holding teams to 3.3 yards per game. Los Angeles does not have a strong run game, so, this will force Jared Goff to throw more. Goff has been strong this season, on the year, he is averaging 276 yards per game. Goff will have to be strong if they want to have success over the Bucs. Along with a strong offense, the Rams will have to play great defense, this season, they have been strong on both ends of the defense. So, this will be a game of strong defense, and the winner will have to bring it. 

2. Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts Sunday @ 1:25 PM EST FOX

The Green Bay Packers will fly over to Indianapolis to take on the Colts this Sunday. Both teams are holding the top spots in their divisions. So, this game will be important in order for them to hold their spots. The Colts are coming off of a big win against the Titans and will be looking to continue their streak into next week. The Packers are on a two-game win streak and will be hoping to make it three after this Sunday. These two teams are both solid and it will be a very close game. The Colts have one of the best rush defenses this season, and it has shown against strong rushing teams like the Titans and Ravens. Green Bay running back Aaron Jones may struggle this game which will force Aaron Rodgers to throw the ball more. However, for Indianapolis, this may be a problem. The Packers have a very efficient pass game under Rodgers, 8.2 yards per attempt, and with wide receiver Davante Adams the Colts may struggle. On the other end, Indianapolis does not have as strong as an offense. Their run game is weak, 3.8 yards per carry, and their passing game is hit-or-miss. Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has been alright this season, he has thrown for about 265 yards per game, 11 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Green Bay’s defense can capitalize off of the weaker Colts offense, they are holding teams to 7.6 yards per pass attempt, and the Colts’ rush game isn’t any better. Jonathan Taylor is only averaging 3.8 yards per carry, and this game will be hard for him because the Packers have a tough rush defense. In the end, this game will be entertaining and both teams will be fighting hard for a big win. 

1. Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens Sunday @ 1 PM EST CBS

The Tennessee Titans travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in this week’s top game. Last time these teams met was in the playoffs last season. In that game, Derrick Henry ran all over the Ravens and carried the Titans to a win. This season Baltimore will be looking for revenge. This is a very important game for Tennessee because they can hop the Colts and take first place in the AFC South if they win this game. So, Ryan Tannehill and the Titans will come out fired up ready to get a big win. The Ravens have been shaky this season, their latest game was a loss to the Patriots which was unexpected. So, Baltimore will be looking to pick up their win streak again this Sunday. The Ravens have a very strong run game under Lamar Jackson and their running back core, they are averaging five yards per carry so far this season. On the passing side they are not as strong, averaging just over seven yards per attempt. Tennessee’s defense is definitely their weaker side and Baltimore can expose them on both the run and pass. Tennessee’s greatest asset is their offense. This season, Tannehill is averaging 7.5 yards per pass attempt, and Henry is rushing for almost five yards per carry. The Ravens have a fairly strong defense but they have been exposed on the pass and rush. This game will come down to who can play the best defense as both teams have very strong offenses.

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