Thought about sending in the backup to write this one, but I’m okay to start Week 11, which will hopefully feature more clutch wins and fourth-down attempts. After all, it is Colts/Patriots week.
This Week’s Articles
Captain Comeback Week 10: “Epic Comeback Failure” Limited Edition – Cold, Hard Football Facts
Find out how a game-winning punt return touchdown, rare overtime tie, and non-offensive game-winning field goal capped a bizarre week without a single fourth-quarter comeback win or game-winning drive. That has not happened since Week 13 of the 1973 season. But don’t worry, this one-shot edition covers the rarity in great detail.
Evaluating the Backup QB Plans – NBC Sports
With four injured starters, it was a good time to take a team-by-team look at the primary backup quarterback. Let’s just say the crop is not very strong when Matt Hasselbeck, Kyle Orton and Matt Moore might be your top three options. Hasselbeck has more starts than 22 backups combined.
Pittsburgh Steelers Cannot Win AFC North without Ben Roethlisberger – Bleacher Report
Without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers can forget about winning their division, which should require at least a split with the Ravens. Find out how they can still make the playoffs with Byron Leftwich (hint: Ohio).
Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 10 at Jacksonville Jaguars – Colts Authority
In a game that felt like ages ago, Andrew Luck made his prime time debut and played a decent game. But despite all the praise from people likely seeing him play a full, live game in the NFL for the first time, find out why it was no better than his fifth best performance of the season.
The Thinking Man’s Guide: NFL Week 11 Predictions – Bleacher Report
Colts vs. Patriots is always interesting. Detroit might find themselves a fourth-quarter comeback against Green Bay. It should be another record-setting day for Peyton Manning against San Diego. Byron Leftwich has not won a NFL start since October 8, 2006. Find out some quarterbacks who went longer between NFL wins as starters, as well as picks for every game.
NFL Coaches Are More Gutless Than Ever on Fourth Down – Cold, Hard Football Facts
Did you know teams are converting on fourth down 55.0 percent in 2012 (highest since 1991)? Now did you know they are going for it on fourth down the lowest percentage of time since 1991 as well? A breakdown of the recent increase in risk-adverse, gutless coaching, including a distribution of when teams go for it on fourth down, and the most common decision (4th and 1), which makes up 89.4 percent of all fourth-down attempts since 2000.
2012 NFL Week 11 Predictions
A week near and dear to my heart, as we have Colts/Patriots and Ravens/Steelers. But it won’t be the same without Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger involved, which also impacts the pick.
Winners in bold:
- Cardinals at Falcons
- Buccaneers at Panthers
- Browns at Cowboys
- Packers at Lions
- Jaguars at Texans
- Bengals at Chiefs
- Jets at Rams
- Eagles at Redskins
- Saints at Raiders
- Chargers at Broncos
- Colts at Patriots
- Ravens at Steelers
- Bears at 49ers
- Week 1: 12-4
- Week 2: 11-5
- Week 3: 4-12
- Week 4: 10-5
- Week 5: 10-4
- Week 6: 5-9
- Week 7: 12-1
- Week 8: 10-4
- Week 9: 11-3
- Week 10: 9-4-1
- Season: 94-51-1