Welcome to Week 11, gang. Are you excited? No? Okay, I get it. We actually don’t have an unbelievable slate of video games this week, and a variety of that’s as a result of how this season has developed.
Ask me two months in the past and I’m extremely hyped for Cardinals vs. Seahawks, or Ravens vs. Bears — however some constantly lackluster performances have given us some weak video games down the again stretch of the schedule. That mentioned, we do have a couple of actually essential issues to observe that would have big ramifications for the playoffs.
Will Cam Newton take management of the Panthers?
The romanticism of Newton’s return to Carolina is certainly one of the tales to observe within the again half of the season. His return in opposition to the Cardinals was the stuff of legend, scoring two touchdowns on two day’s discover, and making the Panthers seem like a completely totally different crew in a single day.
There’s little question Newton’s return is a really feel good story, no matter what occurs the remainder of the season — however is that this going to develop into a story the whole league is speaking about? That every one is dependent upon what occurs in opposition to Washington.
That is removed from a straightforward out. WFT confirmed final week they might beat the Buccaneers, the Panthers beat the Cardinals. Two middling groups bested NFC juggernauts, and you then sprinkle within the drama of Cam Newton dealing with Ron Rivera in a reunion sport, and goodness that’s a variety of intrigue.
Because it stands the Panthers are within the playoff image. That evaporates with out some wins. My eyes might be firmly on Carolina vs. Washington this weekend.
Can the Browns get their s*** collectively?
I’m not going to attempt to sugar coat this. Cleveland has been a rattling mess. Two weeks in the past we have been supposed to purchase into this revitalized squad shedding Odell Beckham Jr. and taking part in “indignant.” It labored, they destroyed the Bengals. It appeared the Browns have been able to make a run.
That confidence was fleeting, and final week Cleveland was embarrassed by New England in spectacular vogue. Now, I don’t know what the hell this crew even is. The Browns have playoff potential, they’re completely not a nasty crew, however they’re taking part in actually, actually dangerous soccer at unbelievable dangerous occasions.
There are completely no excuses in opposition to the Lions in Week 11. None in any respect. I don’t wish to hear a single one. If Cleveland can’t obliterate Detroit then we will depend them out for the remainder of the yr. I’m not speaking about simply getting a win, it needs to be a beatdown — in any other case we will simply anticipate 2022 in relation to the Browns.
Is Dallas able to show their dominance?
One of many huge (and unfair, as I’m involved) criticisms of the Cowboys is that they haven’t had a extremely contact schedule. A few of that’s truthful, particularly contemplating how weak the NFC East is — however I’ve been very bullish on Dallas up to now.
Week 11 is an fascinating take a look at. The Chiefs have began to seek out their footing once more following a disastrous begin to the season, and are preventing for a playoff spot. In the meantime for Dallas, this can be a case of needing to claim their dominance and solidify themselves as probably the greatest groups within the NFC, able to taking house subject benefit via the playoffs.
I actually wish to see how this all shakes out. It’s an interesting sport and I’d prefer to see if Dallas can do it.
Are the Chargers able to get again on observe?
It actually wasn’t way back that the Chargers have been certainly one of my favourite groups in the whole NFL, however that’s kind of evaporated now. Within the final 4 weeks the crew is 1-3, with their solely win being an entirely unconvincing victory over the Eagles.
I’ve a delicate spot for this crew, I at all times have. It’s not likely deserved, as a result of I watched the group waste YEARS of Philip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson with none actual outcomes. Nonetheless, I had so many hopes this could be their yr to get all of it on observe, however that’s gone now.
It’s troublesome to discover a path to the postseason for the Chargers now, due to how poorly they’ve been taking part in. Profitable in opposition to the Steelers is totally crucial. With their backs in opposition to the wall, I wish to see how this younger crew festivals. It’s sufficient to get me to observe for certain.