Storylines to Watch Out for in Week 11
This week we saw the first tie since 2008, QB’s falling like dominoes, a tight end record broken and the Ravens break the record for highest scoring game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Not what you would call a dull week of football, will Week 11 have the same level of excitement?
Week 11 has the Vikings, Giants, Seahawks and Titans on their bye weeks, so those of you who were considering benching Eli Manning in your fantasy team after this weeks lousy performance, well it appears you don’t have an option now anyway.
How will Nick Foles go in his first full NFL game?
During the Eagles week 10 game against the Cowboys, Vick left with a concussion, leaving Rookie draft pick Nick Foles to come in and try to impress both Eagles fans and head coach Andy Reid alike.
Foles has not played a full regular season NFL game as of yet, although he did play in the preseason. During his time against the Cowboys in Week 10 Foles had both moments to give Eagles fans hope but also moments to re-affirm any pessimism Eagles fans were feeling (in Foles’ defence these were mostly to the O-line breaking down).
So how will Foles go in his first full NFL game against a poor Redskins defence? If there was ever a game a rookie could thrive in, it’s this one and if he goes well, Vick might need to update his resume.
What is happening to the Raiders?
Anybody who saw the Raiders vs Ravens game will agree, it was simply painful to watch. By the fourth quarter the Ravens were basically toying with the Raiders, playing second string players simply because they could afford to do so.
The Raiders run game was redundant and the defence knew it, hats off to Carlson Palmer who managed to still reach 368 yards against a defence that knew the pass game is all Oakland had at it’s disposal.. The Raiders Defense clearly wasn’t up to scratch and the scoreboard speaks volumes in this regard, the Raiders D let Joe Flacco look like Tom Brady.
So can the Raiders turn things around? For this to happen the defence needs to step up in terms of stopping the pass, especially this week where the Raiders will have to try and stop the passing game of Drew Brees and the Saints. The offence also needs to regain a run game that looks even mildly threatening so as to produce a less one dimensional attack, which may prove to be easier said than done without Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson who are out injured.
The outlook isn’t great.
Can Bengals do it again?
I hope none of you were unfortunate enough to have Eli Manning Leading your fantasy team this week, Manning got completely shut down by a Bengals defence that is quietly becoming a threat in the league.
Can the Bengals put on a defensive performance like Week 10? Considering the offence they’re up against (Kansas City Chiefs), I’m going with a very confident yes. When you have a defence that managed to contain a Super Bowl winning QB as efficiently as they did, you start expecting big things.
Battle of the Back Ups
Week 11 has the Chicago Bears going up against the San Francisco 49ers in what will be another tough defensive match up. Both teams lost their starting QB’s in Week 10 matches with concussions and given the touchy nature of concussions in the NFL right now, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see both teams starting their 2nd string QB’s.
This means bad news for A) The viewers, and B) The Bears. While Colin Kaepernick, back up for the Alex Smith of the 49ers is a reliable QB in his own right, proving to be both an accurate passer and running threat, Bears back up Jason Campbell seems less of a threat, in his time during the Texans vs Bears showdown Week 10 Campbell seemed rusty at best. Ok, so he was up against a great defence in the Texans, but you have to remember that defences don’t go easier on backup QB’s just because they’re backups and the 49ers defence is a unit that even the best QB’s struggle against.
Both the 49ers and the Bears are quite defence reliant so far this season and with backup QB’s probably running the offence for their first full games this season, I wouldn’t be expecting this game to be a high-scoring one.
So there you have it, a few stories to keep an eye in in Week 11. As the road to the playoffs takes shape, what are you looking out for?