Week 11 NFL Preview

PLAYOFF RACES HEATING UP AS NFL SEASON ROLLS ON

The NFL has entered the second half of the season and the excitement is building as playoff races tighten.

Week 11 kicks off on Thursday night (8:00 PM ET, NFL Network) when the Buffalo Bills host the Miami Dolphins in an AFC East divisional contest.

In Week 10, the four division leaders in the AFC – New England (East), Baltimore (North), Houston (South) and Denver (West) – were all victorious. But, as another example of the unpredictability of the NFL, none of the four division leaders in the NFC – New York Giants (East), Chicago (North), Atlanta (South) and San Francisco (West) – recorded a win. In the NFL, anything can happen.

The Falcons, who were the 15th team since 1978 to start a season 8-0, suffered their first loss of the season at New Orleans, falling 31-27. The Saints, who started the season 0-4, have now won four of their past five and have climbed back into the postseason picture.

“When you start 0-4 and now get the opportunity to get to 5-5, a .500 record, that’s a big deal,” says New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES, whose team will travel to Oakland on Sunday (FOX, 4:05 PM ET) to face the Raiders. “That means we’ll have won five of our last six. That would be extremely impressive. That’s something we feel like we’re capable of and we envision being able to do that because we know what type of team we have. I feel like our best football is yet to come.”

Week 10 also featured one of the highest-scoring days in NFL history. On Sunday, November 11, the 12 games played that day combined for 614 points. That total is the second-highest ever for a single day in which 12 games were played (628, October 25, 1987).

And last week produced the NFL’s first tie game since 2008 (November 16, Philadelphia vs. Cincinnati) when the St. Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers played to a 24-24 tie.

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