NFL week 11 picks: Packers, Vikings win, Bears, Lions lose

By Doug Halberstadt

Sports Columnist

There is another Thursday night (Nov. 19) game this week on the NFL Network. It features the Miami Dolphins in Carolina to take on the Panthers. When it comes to a cat vs. fish battle, I always like the cat’s chances. I’m going with the Panthers at home.

Now, onto the Sunday (Nov. 22) games. In a classic NFC rivalry, the Washington Redskins travel to the Lone Star State to battle the Cowboys. I think it’ll be a decent game with the Cowboys coming out on top. Moving on from a decent game to one that barely qualifies as an NFL match-up, the Cleveland Browns are on the road against Detroit. I don’t see Detroit winning another game all season.

Green Bay hosts the 49ers. The Packers showed some moxie against Dallas last week, I like their chances to make it two in a row. Pittsburgh should win on the road at Kansas City. The Giants are coming off a bye week and are at home against the Falcons. I like New York in this one.

New Orleans and Indianapolis are still undefeated. The Saints stay perfect this week against Tampa Bay. The Colts will be tested again, this week by Baltimore, but just as they did last week, they will find a way to win.

Jacksonville has a home game against the Buffalo Bills. I’m taking the Jaguars. Seattle will find themselves up against Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings. That’s bad news for the Seahawks. The Vikings will win this game at home.

The Arizona Cardinals are on the road in St. Louis to face the Rams. That should be an easy win for Kurt Warner against his former team. New England is coming off a disappointing loss to the Colts. They will take it out on the New York Jets. I like New England by at least 10 in this game.

Cincinnati should have no trouble picking apart the Raiders, even though the game is being played in Oakland.

The toughest game for me to pick this week is San Diego at Denver. I think San Diego is the better team, but somehow the Broncos almost always find a way to win at home when I don’t pick them. I think I’ve learned a lesson. Take the Broncos at home.

In the Sunday night game, the Bears host the Eagles. There’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been written about Chicago’s troubles. Yes, I agree, fire the coaching staff. But until that’s done, nothing’s going to change. I wish I could take the Bears, but I can’t. Donovan McNabb will enjoy his trip to the Windy City, and come away with a win. I just hope Jay Cutler will finally figure out which team he’s supposed to throw the ball to.

Next Monday night (Nov. 23), the Titans are in Houston for a game against the Texans. The last time the two teams met was back in week two. Tennessee lost that game 34-31. I think it’ll be another close game, but this time the Titans will come out on top.

Last week, I was a woeful 8-6 going into the Monday night game. I’ll improve to 9-6 if Baltimore takes care of business against the Browns. That would put me at 100-44 for the season. That’s a winning percentage of .694, slightly below my goal of .700. I need to pick it up a notch or two. Time to refocus.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the November 18-24, 2009 issue

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