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NFL Picks Week 11: All Vikings, All Day

By The Coach and Dr. Football

Oh, oh. The boys are back and ready to make you some money. Really, honest, they’ll get it done this time. We promise. Take the Vikings. It’s a solid pick. Really. Honest, it is…

In fact, of all of their disagreements, that’s the one thing they agree on: They both believe Mike Zimmer’s defense can stop A-Rodge and the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Teddy Football gets the Packers at home this week.

Teddy Football gets the Packers at home this week.

Last week, The Doc went a dismal 3-11 straight up (82-64) and an equally dismal 3-1 against the spread (61-85). The Coach went a rock solid 5-9 straight up (87-59) and 4-10 against the spread (72-74).

This week, the Doc once again captures the brilliance of our selections with his erudite prose while The Coach just cries about the officiating and whines about every pass Teddy Bridgewater throws that’s longer than 20 yards.

Let’s take a close look at Week 11:

Thursday Night

Tennessee Titans (2-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6)

Line: Jaguars by 3

Not exactly a “barn burner” to kick off Week 11. Believe it or not, Jacksonville could make the playoffs. Good incentive. The Coach says: Whatever he said. Who would have thought that after nine games, the Minnesota Vikings would have two more wins that both of these teams combined.

Dr. Football: Take the Jaguars to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Jaguars to win and cover.

Early Sunday Afternoon

Kirk Cousins has been offered a new contract by Washington.

Kirk Cousins (8) has been offered a new contract by Washington.

Washington Redskins (4-5) at Carolina Panthers (9-0)

Line: Panthers by 7

The Panthers have won 13 consecutive regular season games and are perfect thus far this season. Oh, and they’re at home. The Coach says: This will be a better game than 4-5 vs. 9-0 should be.

Dr. Football: Take the Panthers to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Panthers to win and cover.

Oakland Raiders (4-5) at Detroit Lions (2-7)

Line: Raiders by 1.5

This year Oakland has won two, lost two, won two, lost two, so you know where I’m going with this, but they’re playing a team that returns home after knocking off the Packers at Lambeau  Field. A win like that does wonders for team confidence. The Coach says: Green Bay might be a lot worse than we thought.

Dr. Football: Take the Lions in an upset.

The Coach: Take Oakland to win and cover.

Dallas Cowboys (2-7) at Miami Dolphins (4-5)

Line: Pick.

Will Tony Romo make that much of a difference? I think the Cowboys trouble runs deeper than at QB. The Coach says: Yes it does, but Romo makes this team 10 times better than Matt Cassel and 20 times better than the departed Brandon Weeden.

Dr. Football: Take the Dolphins.

The Coach: Take the Cowboys.

Indianapolis Colts (4-5) at Atlanta Falcons (6-3)

Line: Falcons by 6

Both teams had last week off after tough wins. The Falcons seem like the Falcons of old, the ones that never lost at home. But this one will be close. The Coach says: The Colts are coming… the Colts are coming…

Dr. Football: Take the Falcons to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Colts

Joe Flacco. Not a great year with Marc Trestman as OC.

Joe Flacco. Not a great year with Marc Trestman as OC.

St. Louis Rams (4-5) at Baltimore Ravens (2-7)

Line: Ravens by 2 ½

Nick Foles has been benched in favour of Case Keenum who won’t do much, which kinda sums up the Ravens season so far. But they are at home. The Coach says: The Rams aren’t very good and the Ravens have no karma. It hasn’t been a great year in Baltimore with Marc Trestman as OC. Toss up.

Dr. Football: Take the Ravens to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Ravens to win and cover.

New York Jets (5-4) at Houston Texans (4-5)

Line: Jets by 2.5

Despite their Monday night win, the Texans don’t have much going for them aside from J.J. Watt and DeAndre Hopkins. But again, confidence changes things. The Coach says: J.J. Watt could win this on his own.

Dr. Football: Take the Texans in an upset.

The Coach: Take the Jets to win and cover.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)

Line: Eagles by 6

Both teams have been disappointing so far, but at least the Bucs are showing some signs of life. That will get snuffed out in Philly.

Dr. Football: Take the Eagles to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Buccaneers

Jay Cutler, Bears

Jay Cutler, Bears

Denver Broncos (7-2) at Chicago Bears (4-5)

Line: Broncos by 1

The only person who knows anything about Broncos QB Brock Osweiler is Chicago’s John Fox who coached him in Denver. Fun fact; the Bears are 3-0 against AFC West teams so far in 2015. The Coach says: The Bears might be the second best team in the NFC North.

Dr. Football: Take the Bears in an upset.

The Coach: Take the Bears

Late Sunday Afternoon

Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) at San Diego Chargers (2-7)

Line: Chiefs by 3

Two very underachieving teams but the Chiefs have a better defense and can build on their momentum after basically benching Peyton Manning. The Coach says: Somehow, the Chiefs are back in the discussion. Didn’t think it was possible but they are.

Dr. Football: Take the Chiefs to win but not cover.

The Coach: Take the Chiefs to win and cover.

Adrian Peterson, 203 yards last week.

Adrian Peterson, 203 yards last week.

Green Bay Packers (6-3) at Minnesota Vikings (7-2)

Line: Vikings by 1

Aaron Rodgers isn’t clicking, the Packers defense isn’t clicking, the Packers special teams aren’t clicking. You know who’s clicking? The entire Vikings team. The Coach says: The Vikings just might have the best defence in the NFL.

Dr. Football: Take the Vikings to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Vikings to win and cover.

San Francisco 49ers (3-6) at Seattle Seahawks (4-5)

Line: Seahawks by 12

The 49ers have now turned to Blaine Gabbert. They’re just throwing things at a wall to see what sticks. The problem is this week the wall’s name is Seattle. The Coach says: Blaine Gabbert? Bwahahahaha!

Dr. Football: Take the Seahawks to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Seahawks to win but not cover.

Sunday Night

Cincinnati Bengals (8-1) at Arizona Cardinals (7-2)

Line: Cardinals by 3

Andy Dalton got his feelings hurt after J.J. Watts and the Texans handed them their first defeat of the season. They now travel to Arizona where Carson Palmer will have something to prove to his old team, the one he was willing to retire over than play with. The Coach says: If the Bengals could have Carson Palmer back, they’d take him. Even at 36.

Dr. Football: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Cardinals to win and cover.

Monday Night

Tom Brady, giving the finger to the NFL

Tom Brady, still giving the finger to the NFL

Buffalo Bills (5-4) at New England Patriots (9-0)

Line: Patriots by 7

Was New England struggling last week against the Giants or just trying out some new stuff like it was a preseason game?

The streak has to end sometime, but not at home. The Coach says: With luck and greatness together, there is a legitimate chance the Patriots will go 16-0.

Dr. Football: Take the Patriots to win and cover.

The Coach: Take the Patriots to win and cover.

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