Here are the four NFL week 11 games we think are must watches.
Steelers at Browns: Thursday, 11.14 8:20 pm ET.
The AFC North looked like a breeze for the Ravens, and let’s be real, it still does, but with the Steelers jockeying into position for a wildcard berth and the Browns showing some hints of cohesion in a week ten win over playoff-bound Buffalo, this one could be fun.
What to watch for: Can Baker Mayfield get on the same page as OBJ? The Browns superstar receiver has only 44 receptions and 632 yards with one TD so far this season. That’s twenty yards per catch below his career average and he hasn’t seen the end zone since week two. It will be tough against Minkah Fitzpatrick and a ball hawking Steelers defense that boasts the second-best turnover ratio in the league. The Steelers will want this divisional road win to keep their momentum going.
Texans at Ravens: Sunday, 11.17 1:00 pm ET.
This one needs no hyperbole to sell its interest and importance. Two AFC division leaders going head to head with two of the most exciting young quarterbacks under center.
What to watch for: The Texans front allows the third-fewest yards on the ground in the league (84.1 yards per game). Baltimore is averaging just under 200 YPG rushing. That’s the whole ball game right there. Yes, we’ll see some exciting deep balls thrown, but both of these teams want to control the line of scrimmage. It’s a shame that the Texans lost J.J. Watt for the year, we’d love to see him battling with the Ravens offensive line all night.
Patriots at Eagles, Sunday 11.17 4:25 pm ET.
A Super Bowl LII rematch with both teams leading their divisions? Sign me up.
What to watch for: The Eagles have been hit or miss this season, with wins over Green Bay and Buffalo on their resume, but losses to Atlanta and Detroit have cast doubt on their playoff credentials. New England is coming off a bye and their first loss of the season. Expect Tom Brady and company to have a few new tricks up their sleeves after the extra week of practice.
Chiefs at Chargers, Monday 11.18 8:15pm ET.
Last season these two teams formed the core of one of the NFL’s most fearsome divisions. This year they’ve both taken a step back, and if Los Angeles can run all over the Chiefs, we could see a new division leader (Oakland) before the week is over.
What to watch for: The hybrid game. Los Angeles doesn’t rush the ball a ton, just over 86 yards per game, but they do rely on a healthy amount of short passing routes to rushers Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. Philip Rivers is the league’s leading passer at this point, throwing for over 2,800 yards thus far. The Chargers are also one of the league’s top five stingiest passing defenses, so K.C. will probably need to do some work on the ground and in the trenches to move the ball.
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