There were some surprising games in week 11. Jared Goff made his NFL debut but it was not enough to beat the Dolphins. Another surprise was the thrashing the Redskins gave the Packers. The Packers lost by more points than the 49ers, which is really surprising because the 49ers have the defense worst in the league. Dallas is making it harder and harder for me to keep them in the honorable mention category but I’m standing firm for now. It is my opinion that the best teams in the league are the Seahawks and the Patriots. Honorable mention teams are Dallas, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. I’m adding another group and they are my X-Factor teams. My X-Factors are: Miami, Washington and Oakland.
Now for the recap:
Saints vs. Panthers: Panthers won 23 to 20. The Panthers defense did a good job of stopping the Saints offense. The Saints defense wasn’t bad either, which is unusual for them because more often than not the game plan for the Saints is just too out score the other team, which doesn’t work when you’re playing a team that has at a minimum a marginal defense.
Bills vs. Bengals: The Bills won 16 to 12. The loss of the Bengals offensive coordinator is clearly impacting the team this season. It has nothing to do with Andy Dalton or Marvin Lewis but everything to do with not having the right offensive coordinator in place. The Bills continue to be a surprise.
Steelers vs. Browns: Steelers won 24 to 9. No surprise there. The Browns are rebuilding and it will take time.
Ravens vs. Cowboys: Cowboys won 27 to 17. This was the best game of the day. The Cowboys had not beaten the Ravens in years but the rookie QB with nothing to lose made it happen.
Jaguars vs. Lions: Lions won 26 to 19. The Jaguars have an okay defense which explains why the games they lose are close. The offense is not bad either because they score points and keep the game close, it’s a matter of learning how to close and that may be attributed to coaching. Time will tell.
Titans vs. Colts: Colts won 24 to 17. The Titans thrashed the Packers last Sunday but lost to the Colts. These two teams were evenly match and so were the coaching game plans, which explains why the game was close.
Buccaneers vs. Chiefs: Bucs won 19 to 17. This was the biggest surprise of the day. The Chiefs are definitely the better team but that’s football.
Vikings vs. Cardinals: Vikings won 30 to 24. This game could have gone either way. Sam Bradford is regaining in confidence after the sudden resignation of Coach Norv Turner, the offensive coordinator.
Bears vs. Giants: Giants won 22 to 16. Jay Cutler sustained an injury in this game and is out for the remainder of the season. This sums up the hapless Bears. This is what happens when you fire the coach that’s winning. Remember Lovie Smith? I bet the management is wishing they had him back.
Dolphins vs. Rams: Dolphins won 14 to 10. Seriously did anyone think starting Jared Goff would change the Lambs, oops, I mean the Rams losing ways.
Eagles vs. the Seahawks: Seahawks won 26 to 15. The Seahawks are on a roll right now. Russell Wilson is healthy and the defense is strong. If Pete Carroll doesn’t make any stupid play calls they might end up in the Super Bowl again.
Patriots vs. 49ers: Patriots won 30 to 17. The 49ers went into half time 10 to 13 but as usual the defense self-destructed. There has got to be better clock management by the offense and the team needs a new defensive coordinator. Missing Jim Harbaugh yet?
Packers vs. Redskins: Redskins won 42 to 24. This was the worst game of the day. This is what happens when a team depends solely on the quarterback. The Packers need a good fullback to enhance their running game and to block in the back field.
Texans vs. Raiders: Raiders won 27 to 20. This was a very well-played game and the second best game of the week. The score went back and forth and the Raiders receivers dropped several good passes throughout the game and still found a way to win. This is the reason the Raiders are in my X-Factor category.