By Eric Schmidt

The NFL regular season is in the home stretch of the playoff run with several teams fighting to earn one of the six seeds in each conference. Can the Dallas Cowboys or the New Orleans Saints claw their way back into the post-season hunt? Can the Philadelphia Eagles or San Diego Chargers salvage something of their disappointing seasons? Can the Indianapolis Colts continue their remarkable run towards a post-season berth? Can the Pittsburgh Steelers overcome the loss of QB Ben Roethlisberger? These questions and more will be answered in the coming weeks.

As we move towards Thanksgiving, we are in the calendar portion of the season when weather can play a role in many games. However, this week Mother Nature will have no hand in the outcome of this week’s contests. The only game that could see precipitation is in Oakland when they take host the New Orleans Saints with a slight chance of showers.

NFL Week 11 Against the Spread Picks and Predictions-

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins -3 45.5

Eagles fans have been yelling for Nick Foles to start under center and this week they get their wish. I look for Foles to provide a spark this afternoon and should have some success against the 30th ranked Redskins defense. Philadelphia 27-23

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions +3 52

The Lions were a trendy post-season pick at the start of this season but Detroit has struggled this season. The Packers have rebounded after a 2-3 start with four straight wins and they should record another one this afternoon. Green Bay 34-24

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons -9 44

The Falcons are no longer unbeaten but they return home to the confines of the Georgia Dome this week where they are 4-0 this season. Atlanta 27-19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers+2 48.5

The Buccaneers are red hot right now on offense. The Buccaneers have been putting up franchise record setting numbers in recent weeks. If they are going to have a chance at the post-season, this is a must win for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay 30-26

Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys -7 43.5

The Cowboys’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread currently and they cannot afford a loss this afternoon to the scrappy Cleveland Browns. Tony Romo is 13-0 at home in the month of November. Dallas 26-13

New York Jets at St. Louis Rams -3

The Rams managed a tie on the road last week against the San Francisco 49ers. The Jets come to town with the wheels falling off the Jets bus. The team has become a circus and will face a surprisingly touch Rams pass defense. St Louis 23-17

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans-14.5

RB Arian Foster should have a big day today for the Texans. J.J. Watt should also add to his league leading sack total. Houston 31-13

Cincinnati Bengals at Kansas City Chiefs+3.5 43.5

This is my upset pick of the week. RB Jamaal Charles should have a productive day this afternoon against the Bengals defense. Kansas City 34-30

New Orleans Saints at Oakland Raiders +4.5 54

This has the potential to be the highest scoring game of the afternoon. Carson Palmer has been productive in recent weeks and should be poised for another big afternoon against the porous Saints defense. New Orleans 37-34

Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots -9 53

Colts QB Andrew Luck has lived up to his pre-Draft hype this season and should be able to keep Indianapolis in this afternoon. New England 31-27

San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos -8 49

The Broncos sent the Chargers reeling in week six after defeating San Diego on a Monday night where Peyton Manning scored 35 unanswered second-half points. Since their first meeting, the Broncos have rolled off four consecutive wins while San Diego has won just once. Denver 34-26

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers -4 42.5

Byron Leftwich will get his first start for the Steelers and his first start in over two seasons. The Steelers are expected to start RB Rashard Mendenhall this evening so that should help a bit. Baltimore 26-19

 

 

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