NFL 4-fold: Our top tips for Week 11
The opportunistic Lions should terrorise the Bears' young quarterback, while the Seahawks are primed to dominate the Falcons in Atlanta.
Detroit Lions to beat Chicago Bears –
Detroit beat the Cleveland Browns last week to move to 5-4 for the season.
The Lions have won three of their four road games, and the teams that have beaten them – the Falcons, Panthers, Saints and Steelers – all look capable of reaching the playoffs.
The Bears don’t fall into that category, having lost to a Green Bay Packers team led by backup quarterback Brett Hundley last week.
Their offense has turned the ball over more than all but four teams this season, and will be terrorised by an opportunistic Lions defence that has generated 18 takeaways – the second-most in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals to beat Houston Texans –
The Texans were beaten 33-7 by the Los Angeles Rams last weekend and have now lost three successive games.
They have conceded the second-most points per game this season, and have scored a total of just 28 in the three games that quarterback Tom Savage has started.
It’s hard to see how they can beat the Cardinals, whose defence and rushing attack have made up for their passing struggles since starting QB Carson Palmer was injured in Week 7.
Arizona have allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards per attempt this season and will force Houston to rely upon Savage’s arm, which is a recipe for disaster.
Minnesota Vikings to beat Los Angeles Rams –
Expect the Vikings to come away with a win when two of the NFC’s best teams meet.
Minnesota have won five successive games, and are currently ranked inside the top 10 in both points scored and points allowed.
Well-rested after their bye week, they now host a Rams team that have been on fire offensively, but whose running game could struggle against a Vikings defence that has allowed the third-fewest yards per game this season.
Both the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins proved the Rams can be beaten if you contain their rushing attack, and Minnesota have all the tools to do just that.
Seattle Seahawks to beat Atlanta Falcons –
The Seahawks bounced back from a surprising defeat to the Washington Redskins by beating the Cardinals in Arizona last week.
Seattle have now won five of their last six, and three of four at CenturyLink Field, where they’ll host the Falcons on Sunday.
Atlanta beat the Dallas Cowboys last week but have lost four of their last six, and their offense – the best in the NFL last season – has only broken 20 points twice during that run.
The Seahawks have held seven of their nine opponents this season under 20, and should dominate a Falcons team missing running back Devonta Freeman, who suffered a concussion last weekend.