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Bing Predicts NFL Week 11

  • Bing Predicts NFL Week 11

    This NFL season continues to be historic, captivating, and downright unpredictable: the Patriots losing by double-digits to the Titans, the Bills and Matt Barkley crushing the Jets, and a dangerous Baker Mayfield making the Falcons look foolish all fall within the unpredictable category. Passing records are being shattered left and right; offensive numbers are pacing to be higher than ever, and the NFL hasn't even reached the best stretch of the year.

    While last week didn't offer much in terms of shakeups, Week 11 is sure to have major playoff ramifications. Here is a quick look at some of the most notable games of the week:

    —Packers @ Seahawks: Another good Thursday night game to kick off the week. This is as close to must-win as it can be for both teams.

    —Cowboys @ Falcons: Neither team can afford to fall to 4-6 as both have tough matchups to close the season. The Cowboys still have a chance at the NFC East crown while the Falcons will need a wildcard berth to sneak into the playoffs.

    —Texans @ Redskins: The Texans are one of the hottest teams in football, but are they for real? The Redskins on the road will be a good test.

    —Eagles @ Saints: The Eagles desperately need a victory to keep their hopes at a Super Bowl repeat alive. Too bad they have to beat the best team in football to get one.

    —Vikings @ Bears: A battle to control the NFC North will take place in Chicago Sunday night.

    —Chiefs @ Rams: This is Week 11's marquee matchup. These have been two of the best teams in football all season long, and they square off on Monday night in what could be a Super Bowl LIII preview.

    ALSO: See how Bing predicted the entire season here.

  • Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-5)

    Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

    Game time: Thursday, Nov. 15, 8:20 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Green Bay Packers lead series 13-8

    The Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks have developed a bit of a rivalry over the past few years dating back to the ‘Fail Mary' game in 2012. They'll battle in the Pacific Northwest this Thursday night on short rest.

    Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives down the stretch. The Packers got a much-needed victory at home over the Miami Dolphins Sunday after tough losses to two of the NFL's best teams, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots. It appears Green Bay has found their answer at running back, so long as they continue to feed him the ball. Aaron Jones, who entered Sunday with only 350 yards on the ground, amassed 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.

    Even before his breakout performance, he led the NFL in yards per attempt (6.03), but amazingly hadn't carried the ball more than 14 times in a game. Jones will be integral to the team's success the rest of the season, especially as they look for their first road win against an equally desperate Seattle squad.

    The Seahawks fell below .500 after a close loss to the Rams Sunday, and they now have four teams ahead of them in the wild card picture. They'll try to avoid a three-game losing streak this Thursday.

  • Bing Predicts: Seattle Seahawks

    Bing Predicts Winner: Seattle Seahawks (61% chance)

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  • Dallas Cowboys (4-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-5)

    Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Dallas Cowboys lead series 16-11

    Just when it looked like the Falcons had turned their season around after stringing together three-consecutive wins, they go out and lay an absolute egg against the Cleveland Browns. Their defense looked rough: Browns QB Baker Mayfield was 17-of-20 for 216 yards and three touchdowns, but it was the ground game that destroyed the Falcons. Atlanta surrendered 211 rushing yards, which is a major issue to address as they welcome the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas' third-year running back is fresh off of a 151-yard rushing performance against the Eagles and their #2 defense against the run.

    Dallas needed a win in a bad way, and was able to hold off Philadelphia 27-20. The Cowboys hadn't won on the road prior to Sunday night's victory, and they will travel again this Sunday. Last season in Dallas, the Cowboys lost to the Falcons 27-7, but Ezekiel Elliott did not play as he was serving a six-game suspension. Atlanta sacked Cowboys' quarterback Dak Prescott eight times last year and will need to find a way to generate that sort of pressure again. Last week, the Falcons couldn't bring Mayfield down once.

  • Bing Predicts: Atlanta Falcons

    Bing Predicts Winner: Atlanta Falcons (64% chance)

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  • Carolina Panthers (6-3) @ Detroit Lions (3-6)

    Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Carolina Panthers lead series 6-2

    Carolina was humbled last Thursday after the Steelers handed them a 52-21 beatdown in Pittsburgh. It's clear they aren't quite in the same category as the Los Angeles Rams or the New Orleans Saints in the NFC, but there is no shame in losing to the Steelers who have been one of the best teams in football over the last several weeks. Fifty-two points, however, is cause for concern; it's the most surrendered by a team this season.

    The Panthers need not fret. They have a 71% chance to earn a playoff berth according to FPI predictions, but do need to right the ship this Sunday against a wavering Lions squad. Detroit has dropped three in a row (all double-digit losses) and sits firmly in last place in the NFC North. The defense looked helpless against the Bears, allowing a perfect passer rating from Chicago's QB Mitchell Trubisky in the first half of Sunday's 34-22 loss.

    Expect the Panthers to bounce back this week and strengthen their position in the NFC Wild-Card standings, but this might be a closer contest than people think.

  • Bing Predicts: Carolina Panthers

    Bing Predicts Winner: Carolina Panthers (60% chance)

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  • Tennessee Titans (5-4) @ Indianapolis Colts (4-5)

    Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Indianapolis Colts lead series 31-16

    The Titans' 24-point victory over the Patriots was Week 10's big upset. Their #1 defense showed up big against New England, surrendering only 284 yards and 10 points to maybe the best quarterback in the history of the NFL.

    Tennessee is back above .500 and has found a rhythm on offense. Over the past two weeks, quarterback Marcus Mariota has accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing), and running back Derrick Henry has three on the ground. The Titans are now just a game back of the AFC South-leading Houston Texans, a team they've already beaten once this season.

    The Colts have discovered their identity as well, and quarterback Andrew Luck looks like the dangerous passer he was pre-shoulder surgery. He is currently #2 in touchdown passes this season (26). Indianapolis has won three-straight games and remain in the post-season hunt. The offense is humming, averaging 36 points-per-game during their three-game winning streak, but the defense gives up the sixth-most points-per-game and will need to be more effective down the stretch if the Colts want a chance.

    This is the first of two matchups between these AFC South foes, and the division is still wide open.

  • Bing Predicts: Tennessee Titans

    Bing Predicts Winner: Tennessee Titans (55% chance)

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  • Houston Texans (6-3) @ Washington Redskins (6-3)

    Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins

    Game time: Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 p.m. EST

    Historical matchup: Series tied 2-2

    This matchup features two teams atop their respective divisions. The Houston Texans—fresh off of a bye week and riding a six-game winning streak—travel to FedExField to take on the Washington Redskins.

    Houston's six-consecutive wins are currently the second-longest streak in the league and a complete turnaround after their 0-3 start. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been inconsistent after returning this season from ACL surgery, but has been impressive lately, including a five-touchdown performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8.

    The Redskins capitalized on four turnovers last week in a 16-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but their defense did surrender over 500 yards. Despite the double-digit victory, this win was not a pretty one. Washington will continue to scratch and claw to stay in the driver's seat of the NFC East, and injuries may be a factor: They are down three starting offensive linemen and a starting cornerback.

    A win for either team will go a long way for their playoff chances. The Texans take on the Titans (second in the AFC South) in Week 12, and the Redskins play the Cowboys and the Eagles (tied for second in the NFC East) in consecutive weeks after this contest.

  • Bing Predicts: Houston Texans

    Bing Predicts Winner: Houston Texans (58% chance)

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