Pickin’ With Pano: NFL Week 11

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By David Panosian

bucs falcons1. Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ATL +1): In a matchup of two teams who were hoping for drastically better years back in August, the Falcons head to Tampa Bay hoping to salvage whatever they can of the remaining 2013 season. Though the Bucs have one win on the season, things have been looking up for them of late. They played a ferocious Seahawks team very tough in Seattle, and finally got their first win of the season against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football. With the Falcons missing Julio Jones, and Tony Gonzalez very iffy to play Sunday, I like the Bucs to win their second game in a row. Revis should be able to neutralize Roddy White, and without much else to turn to (how much does Steven Jackson have left?) I think the Bucs offense will be able to do enough to get the W. Take the point and the Bucs.

saints 49ers2. San Francisco 49’ers at New Orleans Saints (SF +3): Two teams with very legitimate Super Bowl aspirations face off in what may be the game of the day on Sunday. The 49’ers head to New Orleans and try to knock off the Saints, who are coming off of a very impressive thrashing of the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Logic says that the Saints offense, flush with weapons, will have the ability to do whatever they want at the Superdome. But, I will go with my gut feeling here that says they have some trouble versus the 49er defense. San Francisco will be a very hungry and angry team coming off of the loss versus the Panthers, and should have Vernon Davis back for this important showdown. This will be the 49’ers chance to make up for last week, and I don’t think they miss it. Kaepernick bounces back from last week’s debacle, Gore runs hard and keeps Brees on the sidelines for more of the game than he is used to, and the 49ers gut out a much needed victory.

chiefs broncos3. Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (DEN -7.5): The NFL’s lone undefeated team, the Kansas City Chiefs, head to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Easily the league’s best story to this point, the Chiefs have been winning games with a stout defense and an offense that moves the chains without making mistakes. The question of the night is will Houston/Johnson/Flowers and company be able to slow Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense down? I’m going to have to say no. The Broncos will be totally ready for the Chiefs, and this has the makings of a statement game. The Chiefs have not faced any team close to the caliber of Denver, and the Broncos will impose their will on the Chiefs early and often. I like Denver by 2 touchdowns. Lay the points.

jets bills4. New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (Pick ‘Em): The surprising New York Jets head to Buffalo to face a Bills team that comes limping back to Ralph Wilson Stadium after getting smoked by the Steelers last Sunday. The Jets have been buoyed by a running game which has had success of late, and I expect that to continue against Buffalo. Coming off the bye, they also get Kellen Winslow back, which should help to offset the loss of arguably their best WR Jeremy Kerley, who is out with an elbow injury. David Nelson should help to fill the void there as well. The Bills will likely be without their two best receivers, as Robert Woods has already been ruled out, and Stevie Johnson is expected to miss the game as well. Taking this into account, I expect the Jets to stack the box and make life very tough for Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller. I like the Jets to win a 16-10 type of game, and go to 6-4 on the year. If the Chiefs were not 9-0 right now, Rex Ryan would be getting some real Coach of the Year consideration.

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