MFST’s Week 11 NFL Picks
Last week brought our pickers back down to earth. After four consecutive weeks with at least two pickers losing no more than three games, all three lost at least five games during the Week 10 slate. Brandon continues to hold his lead, but as we have seen in prior years, will he be able to hold onto it?
Standings after Week 10
Brandon Reid: 99-47-2
Dan Schalk: 91-55-2
Orlando Torres: 89-57-2
Week 11 NFL Picks
Titans at Colts
Dan Schalk: Indianapolis Colts. I’m still not a believer in Tennessee..you beat Dallas and got lucky against New England.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. OK, Tennessee. Are you going to be the team we’ve seen the last two weeks, or the team that lost 13-12 to the Buffalo Bills? Either way, my prediction was that Indy would finish last in the AFC South, and nothing has changed my mind.
Orlando Torres: Indianapolis Colts. All of a sudden this game sparks so must interest. The Titans have been looking good, but the Colts will be hard to stop at home.
Buccaneers at Giants
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. The Giants are the better team.
Brandon Reid: New York Giants. I am over my quota for picking the Giants to win games this year. However, Tampa is falling apart like the Lions are and their defense is bad. I give the edge to the Giants at home, only because the Bucs defense is horrible.
Orlando Torres: New York Giants. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs won this game. Fitz is a capable enough quarterback to do so. But I like Barkley and Odell to take advantage of a horrible Bucs D.
Steelers at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Pittsburgh Steelers. I lost all hope for Jacksonville when they lost to Indianapolis last weekend. They may not win another game this season.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Jags have given me at least six of my losses in the pick’em contest this year. No more. I am giving up on the 2018 version of the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s not happening this year.
Orlando Torres: Pittsburgh Steelers. This is usually the late road game that Pittsburgh will blow. Not this time around, and they finally don’t have to be worrying about Le’Veon.
Panthers at Lions
Dan Schalk: Carolina Panthers. The Lions won’t win more than two more games all season. This is not one of them.
Brandon Reid: Carolina Panthers. The Lions have fallen apart. This could be a game that they steal, but the Panthers are the better team.
Orlando Torres: Carolina Panthers. After getting smacked around on Thursday night, look for this Panthers team to come with a new look on Sunday.
Cowboys at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. I’m a die-hard Cowboys fan and I’ll admit, I was impressed with what I saw last week–but I just can’t see Dak making this type of turnaround on a week-in-week-out basis.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I know last week was a bad loss for Atlanta. But it’s one that you shake off and realize that was about as bad of a performance that you will have all year. Dallas’ last two wins have come against the most disappointing teams in the NFL this year. Still not sold on Dallas. I think they are a sub .500 team this year.
Orlando Torres: Dallas Cowboys. After a horrible Monday night loss, the Boys bounced back in an epic way. As long as they keep playing solid defense and feeding Zeke, they will be hard to stop.
Bengals at Ravens
Dan Schalk: Cincinnati Bengals. I never thought I’d say this but: because Joe Flacco will not play, I’m going with the Bengals. Lamar Jackson is electric but I don’t see success if his first start is against an AFC North foe.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. This is a division battle so it could be a struggle, but I can’t pick the Bengals to win on the road, against a tough Ravens D, without A.J. Green.
Orlando Torres: Cincinnati Bengals. This is going to determine how bad the Bengals care about their season, or not. Baltimore hasn’t been looking all that good either. I think Cincy bounces back on the road in a close game.
Texans at Redskins
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. Houston has the better combination of a solid defense to go along with an electric offense, where Washington relies too much on their defense.
Brandon Reid: Washington Redskins. This is just one of those tough games in the NFL. It’s hard to win games in the NFL, particularly on the road. The Texans are on a six game winning streak and coming off their bye week. I think their win streak is ended in a tough battle this week.
Orlando Torres: Washington Redskins. I think this is going to be a low-scoring, battle-it-out kind of day. Washington has a good run defense, and Houston is very good defensively themselves. Houston extending their win streak is possible, but I think this week they lose a close one on the road.
Raiders at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Oakland Raiders. I realized I picked Arizona to win too much this year.
Brandon Reid: Arizona Cardinals. This may win the honor of worst NFL game of the year. I’m not sure either team really wants to win. But the Cardinals will have more talent on the field, and they’re at home. You don’t want to completely lay down in front of your home fans.
Orlando Torres: Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders, are Horrible…
Broncos at Chargers
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers are my Super Bowl favorites.
Brandon Reid: Los Angeles Chargers. Denver is not a good football team. This is one of those tricky divisional games, but the Chargers are head and shoulders better than the Broncos.
Orlando Torres: Los Angeles Chargers. The games between these two are always gritty and tough. Denver will have their moments at home, but I like the Chargers to continue their streak.
Eagles at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. Philly, you lose to Dallas? C’mon now.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. I’m giving Philadelphia the Jacksonville treatment…I’m done with you. For whatever reason it’s just not clicking. You don’t figure those things out on the road, against the Saints and Drew Brees, in the Dome.
Orlando Torres: New Orleans Saints. It’s possible that the Eagles can replicate what the Cowboys did against them on the road and pull a shocker in New Orleans. I just can’t see it happening.
Vikings at Bears
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are an all-around better team.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are starting get back to what they were last year. I like what the Bears are doing this year. They are just a year or so away from being legit. Their last three wins have come against bad teams. I believe Minnesota is the better team.
Orlando Torres: Minnesota Vikings. I believe Diggs will be back this week, and we can expect a few fights and hard hits on Sunday night. The Bears have surprisingly been consistent, but during this time of the season, it’s time for the Vikings to show why they’re the better team.
Chiefs at Rams
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. This is one of those games that I might not pick this way if it came down to a Super Bowl meeting. But I have a feeling about the Chiefs right now and I have seen the Rams slow a bit over the last couple of weeks. Plus, losing Cooper Kupp doesn’t help. I like the Chiefs offense more than any offense I can remember in recent history.
Orlando Torres: Kansas City Chiefs. After all the drama of whether this game would happen in Mexico City, or be boycotted–it was moved to LA. We’re all in a for a treat on Monday night. I’ve got the Chiefs over a banged up Rams defense, and now they’re without Cooper Kupp.