It’s Week 11 of the NFL season. We have a fairly good understanding of which teams will at least compete for a playoff spot and which teams need to step up over the next few weeks to avoid playing meaningless games in late December.
This offers little clarity as it relates to the Westgate SuperContest, though. Less than 10 points separate first (27.5) and last place (18) in the Team OddsShark standings, with the Team NESN representation of Mike Cole and Ricky Doyle sitting in the middle of the pack with 22.5 points.
Mike and Ricky understand that each week is crucial, but they also know they need to start making up ground to contend for a title. As such, here are their Week 11 locks.
Tennessee Titans (+3) vs. Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
The Colts are awful at defending the run, and the Titans feature a formidable rushing attack spearheaded by the AFC’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray. When you combine that with Marcus Mariota’s recent excellence, Tennessee’s solid pass rush and Indianapolis’ abysmal offensive line, there’s really no reason to not take the Titans, especially if we’re getting points.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+6.5) vs. Detroit Lions, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Ford Field, Detroit
The Lions might win, but if Detroit’s first nine games are any indication, it’ll be close. The Lions have trailed in the fourth quarter of every game this season, including their five wins, and they haven’t won by more than six points, making this spread a little too big for our liking.
Baltimore Ravens (+7) vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, 1 p.m.
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
The Ravens boast the NFL’s best run defense, allowing just 71.3 yards per game and 3.3 yards per attempt. While they might not shut down Ezekiel Elliott entirely, it’s reasonable to think they’ll contain him to some extent, forcing rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to make more plays than usual. If that’s the case, a seven-point margin seems like a little much. Plus, is it crazy to think Dallas will have a letdown game at some point?
Miami Dolphins (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
L.A. Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles
The Rams finally are turning to rookie quarterback Jared Goff, who couldn’t possibly be any worse than Case Keenum. That said, it’s asking a lot of the No. 1 overall pick to beat the Dolphins, who have won four in a row to thrust themselves into the AFC playoff picture.
Seattle Seahawks (-6.5) vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, 4:25 p.m.
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
The Eagles pulled off an impressive win last week against the Atlanta Falcons, but the jubilation of that victory will be short-lived. Seattle’s physical secondary should have its way with Philadelphia’s lackluster receiving corps, thus making life difficult for rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. It also doesn’t help the Eagles that this game is being played in Seattle — a very difficult place to play — and that they’ve been much, much worse on the road this season.
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