Week 11 NFL Predictions: In Which We Welcome Eric Allen (Who?) Plus Week 10 Results!

Former NFL player Eric Allen on the field as a Philadelphia Eagle

Eric Allen was pretty good back in his playing days. We're hoping he's hitting his stride in his picking days.

This week marks a special time in the NFL season. It’s Week 11, which means from here on out, there are no more bye weeks. Fantasy football players can rejoice, as can fans of all stripes, because there are two more games each week from now until the end of the regular season on January 2nd.

But what happened last week and what does it mean for our pick system? First, an excuse. Last week was a very difficult week for NFL picks. Our new pal Mark Schlereth went a paltry 6-8, and although he still maintains the best record of ESPN’s panel of “experts,” last week’s title went to Eric Allen. (Don’t worry–we had to look him up too.)

Although Allen has the worst record of anyone on the panel at 74-70 for the season, his impressive 10-4 performance has earned him the right to make our picks this week. (Remember that we’re using-still-the picks of the ESPN expert who has the best record the previous week.)

Given his past performance, we’re concerned that Allen will revert to his mediocre ways, but a rule is a rule, so hit the jump to see what he’s picked and our rationalizations.

(Just like weeks prior, the predicted winning team is in bold and italics. Since Eric Allen had the best record last week, we’re using his picks this week.)

Bills at Bengals
Last week the Buffalo won at home. Even Cincinnati fans needn’t worry, though, even the lackadaisical Bengals can take care of Buffalo.

Lions at Cowboys
A week ago most people would have called this as a close game. With a Detroit loss and a shocking Dallas win, this game looks a lot more like another step in on Dallas’ road to redemption.

Redskins at Titans
Washington got killed last Monday night and looks to be reeling. They should be no trouble for a sharp Tennessee squad.

Cardinals at Chiefs
Kansas City is looking to rebound from a rough road loss in Denver. A visit from a hapless Arizona squad should be just the ticket.

Packers at Vikings
This game will either be the end of Minnesota’s season or the beginning of an epic run to the playoffs. We’re betting that despite the quality of Green Bay’s team, the Vikings have just a little more magic left in the tank.

Texans at Jets
How bad does Houston look these days? Pretty bad. Not that New York looks great after two overtime wins over lesser opponents, but this game looks to be quite one-sided in their favor.

Raiders at Steelers
Pittsburgh’s offensive line is beat up, and Oakland looks to be a team on the rise. Look for this game to serve as the Raiders’ coming out party.

Ravens at Panthers
A well-rested Baltimore squad will steamroll a Carolina team that’s starting its 3rd quarterback of the year.

Browns at Jaguars
For some reason Eric Allen didn’t pick this game, so we’ve picked Cleveland for him. Look for this game to mark Cleveland’s arrival as a legitimately mediocre team, and to cement Jacksonville’s place as a lousy one.

Falcons at Rams
St. Louis has a shocking 4-1 home record, but against a fearsome-looking Atlanta squad, they’re looking at 4-2 home record come Monday.

Seahawks at Saints
This is one of those really easy ones. Seattle is bad. Very bad. New Orleans is good. Very good. Saints win.

Buccaneers at 49ers
A resurgent Tampa goes across the country to face a lethargic San Francisco team. It’s a long trip for Tampa, but long trips always seem worth it when you win, which the Bucs will.

Colts at Patriots
This game has the makings of another classic as two of the best teams of the last decade face off. Indianapolis has a slew of injuries to contend with, and combined with the fact that they’re on the road in New England, it’s hard not to lean towards the Patriots.

Giants at Eagles
After a huge division win on the road last week, Philadelphia will take their place among the NFC’s elite with a home win over a stumbling New York squad.

Broncos at Chargers
It’s time for San Diego to start their annual run to the top of the AFC West. Will it be harder with much stronger than normal Oakland and Kansas City teams? Sure, but Denver of all teams won’t stand in the way.

The Bears and Dolphins played last night, so we’re ignoring them (but we hope you picked Chicago).

Next week we’ll be appearing a little early, on Wednesday, in fact, where we’ll see how Eric Allen did (our guess: not well), and what it means for our Week 12 picks including Thanksgiving. Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s more important than ever for us all to be careful out there.

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  1. Alec says:

    From 3-13 to 7-3. Tampa Bay Buccaneeers: From ashy to classy.