It’s Week 11 in the NFL and things are shaping up to be very interesting this week! The crew at Offsides got together to discuss what we’re looking forward to this week. Comment below and let us know what you are looking forward to this week!
* QB battles are always great. This week we have Josh Freeman vs Cam Newton … errr…. Brandon Weeden vs. Tony Romo! Byron Leftwich vs. Joe Flacco. OK, I’m kidding you. Sam Bradford vs.
Tim Tebow Mark Sanchez. Yeah I’m kidding again! How about Andrew Luck vs. Tom Brady! Yes. That’s the ticket. It will be an amazing match up! And if that doesn’t do it for you, there’s always Peyton Manning vs. Philip Rivers. Yeah… Colts vs. Patriots will definitely be the game to watch if you’re looking for a great QB match-up!
* Jets vs. Rams. The Rams will be hell bent not to tie again. The Jets … well, it’s time for them to step up and do the things they need to, to win … in other words, it’s Tebow Time! No seriously. Mark Sanchez isn’t cutting it. And that’s ridiculous that Tim’s teammates are being all disrepectful. Did they see him play for the Broncos last season? THAT is what the Jets need. Give him a chance. Good grief. Why trade for someone if you’re not going to use him?
* Bears vs. Niners. This game would have been a good QB battle with Jay Cutler and Alex Smith playing. But, both left their respective games last weekend with concussion symptoms. So now we have either Cutler and Smith playing in a woozy state. They simply won’t be 100-percent. Or Jason Campbell/Caleb Hanie/Josh McCown vs. Colin Kaepernick. Well. It will at least be interesting to see what happens. It’s Monday Night Football at Candlestick Park, for goodness sake!
* This week’s mascot match-ups are not particularly exciting, so I’m taking this opportunity to pull in some of the lamer…I mean…less concrete mascots to do battle. Browns vs. Cowboys: does the color brown/a helmet really stand a chance against a cowboy? If anything, a cowboy is dropping brown out its backside. Ew. Packers vs. Lions: meat packers vs. real life lions? The packers only stand a chance if the lions are already dead! Jets vs. Rams: this is our most potentially hilarious match-up of the week. Just picture a ram continually head-butting a jet of water. What, still lame? Okay, yeah.
* The Buccaneers have been on a bit of a lucky raid recently, lending me all sorts of bad pirate puns in my recaps. I’m hoping Josh Freeman and Doug Martin come up big against the panthers so I can make at least one captain/first mate joke.
* I’m a sucker for a good quarterback match-up, and Colts vs. Patriots seems most promising this week. Andrew vs. Tom? Bring it on!
* Ravens @ Steelers: What AFC fan won’t be watching this game? The biggest rivalry in the conference (Sorry Pats and Colts fans, but it’s true; deal with it) without a doubt and always an all-out brutal war. Both teams are missing big playmakers. Even NBA fans know by now that Big Ben is sidelined with an injury, and Byron Leftwich — he of the slow release and cannon arm — will be filling in under center for the Steelers. Also out for the Steelers: S Troy Polamalu (still nursing a calf injury that has kept him out of all but 1 1/4 games this season), LB Chris Carter (just placed on IR), RT Marcus Gilbert, WR Antonio Brown. The good news is that RB Rashard Mendenhall will make his return from an achilles injury, and the timing couldn’t be better. Ravens have their share of injuries as well, particularly in the secondary. Look for the Steelers to go long a few times to keep the Ravens D honest and establish the run game. As always, it’s gonna be a knock-down drag-out fight. Unlike many fans out there, and Vegas, who produced a 7-point swing in the spread with Big Ben out, I give the Steelers a chance to win it. But it will go down to the wire if they do — these games are almost always close.
* Colts @ Patriots: OK, it’s not as big a rivalry. But seriously, who doesn’t want to see this potential shoot-out? The rookie prodigy vs future Hall-of-Famer pretty boy. Andrew Luck, playing with an interim head coach and not that many weapons, is clearly the real deal and very likely the second coming of Peyton Manning. I hope the Colts win decisively…and not just because I hate the Pats. It’s a great story.
* Chargers @ Broncos: When Denver signed Peyton Manning, Chargers QB Philip Rivers said he was glad because he wants to play the best. I can’t remember if he said he wants to beat the best. I don’t think he can with Norv Turner dragging him down like an anchor. Very good chance that CBS will be wishing they could switch to a “more competitive game” by the 3rd quarter. But it’s a late game, so they can’t. Get your popcorn and enjoy the demolition, especially if your fantasy team has some Broncos on it.