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Necessary Roughness, Week 11: Only Two Undefeated Teams Left in the League

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Aaaaand then there were two. That’s right, only two undefeated teams left in the league. Bengals fans, what happened? You couldn’t score a single touchdown against the Texans. Man, let’s hope this isn’t a sign of some monumental late season collapse that leads to yet another disappointing playoff loss. But the news doesn’t get any better in Cincy. On Sunday, you have to play a tough Cardinals team in Arizona. I’m going to be honest. I think the Bengals are about to be 8-2.

Week 11 has a few interesting matchups in store for us. I’m currently in Chicago, so I would be remiss if I didn’t at least make mention of the Bears. They are riding a whopping two-game winning streak and they could make it three with the depleted Broncos coming to town. Peyton Manning is officially out, and Brock Osweiler will be under center. I like the Bears in this one. The Broncos are really showing that you can’t rely exclusively on your defense anymore in this league. Eventually it catches up with you. I don’t think it’ll take a ton of points to win this game, and if The Bears can put up a couple TDs and an FG I think they end up a .500 team this weekend.

And we gotta talk about the Cowboys. Tony Romo is expected to play this weekend, and the Cowboys’ delusional fanbase probably thinks this will turn their season around and they will make a playoff push. But not so fast. Romo will no doubt be rusty, Dez Bryant still isn’t 100%, and they are playing on the road against a Dolphins team that is coming off of a dramatic win against the Eagles. Look, the Cowboys are 2-7. Maybe Romo comes and saves the day, but I’m not ready to give this team a chance yet. I think the Dolphins win this game.

Finally, I’m super amped for the MNF game with Bills squaring off against the Patriots. It’s no secret that there is an unspoken, and at time spoken, feud between Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick. This is going to be a great game. Remember, the Giants had New England by the short and curlies last week and let them off the hook. I think the Bills are confident that they can go into Gillette and win this game. And I’m giving them a fair chance of doing just that. It’ll be a close one, and Buffalo’s lack of an elite QB will perhaps be their undoing here. But if they can keep the Patriots offense in check and maybe force a couple turnovers this game could come down to the wire. I’m putting my reputation on the line here, and I’m predicting a massive upset. Bills win 23-21.

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