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2010 NFL Week 11 Picks and Predictions

NFL Week 11 box scores and stats included

By Joel Beall - Whatifsports.com
UPDATE: November 22nd, 2010

Each Tuesday morning, Whatifsports.com's NFL simulation engine will provide you with predictions, box scores and statistics for every NFL game that week. The NFL simulation engine generates detailed information including the home team's chances of winning (Home Win %), average score and comprehensive box score link. If you want to share your new found NFL knowledge with friends and family, make sure to check out our NFL Widgets on the WhatIf To Go page or click on the social networking share bar located at the top and bottom of the article.

The statistical inputs to the thousands of NFL games simulated are based on rigorous analysis of each team's roster, depth chart and statistically based player ranking. Roster modifications have been made for injuries and suspensions and those players are not part of their team's game simulation.

To account for injuries and roster moves announced late in the week, we will be re-simulating some games on Thursdays throughout the 2010 NFL season.

Check out our 2010 NFL Season-to-Date page to follow our accuracy week-to-week and find Locks and Upsets of the Week.

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New England and Indianapolis seem to be the two franchises impervious to NFL parity. In the past decade, the Patriots and Colts have combined for 227 wins and have represented the AFC six times in the Super Bowl. Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are widely considered the two best signal callers in the league, and Bill Belichick and Bill Polian are second to none in evaluating talent.

It's in this regard that the almost-yearly New England and Indianapolis battles have become the NFL's greatest non-divisional rivalry of the 21st century. In their last ten meetings, the squads have split the series 5-5, although Indianapolis has won five of the past six contests (including the 2006 AFC Championship).

The Pats and Colts come into this year's skirmish will similar backdrops in 2010. Each squad avenged disappointing performances in Week 9 by securing victories in Week 10. Both lead their respective divisions (7-2 Pats are tied with New York in the East and the 6-3 Colts hold a one game advantage over Tennessee in the South) despite multiple injury and roster alterations. And the two are uncharacteristically awful on defense this season (Indianapolis is 29th in rushing while New England is 30th in passing).

For Indianapolis, the offensive equation is the same as it's been the entire Manning Era: attack through the air. Yet even by Manning's enormously high standards, the 2010 campaign has been impressive. It's not that the former Tennessee Volunteer is posting ridiculous passing figures, but how. Manning has thrown for 2,663 yards and 16 touchdowns despite the prolonged absences of Joseph Addai, security blanket Dallas Clark and wideouts Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez. Put it this way: only Manning could make Jacob Tamme a fantasy commodity.

Of course, Tom Brady hasn't exactly been provided a stable of stars to work with either. After jettisoning noted discontent Randy Moss, Brady and the Pats returned to their aerial assault strategy during their Super Bowl days: mainly, to spread the ball around to multiple receivers. And the recipients of Brady's targets? The recently re-acquired Deion Branch, second-year WR Brandon Tate, rookie tight-ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, and practice squad-signee Danny Woodhead. Let's just say these wideouts won't be referred to as a Murderer's Row anytime soon. Granted, former All-Pro Wes Welker has been effective as of late, but the lingering effects of the receiver's injury are still prominent.

As mentioned, both teams have struggled on defense. Although New England and Indianapolis tend to favor a "bend-but-don't-break" philosophy, injuries can be attributed to their pedestrian performance on D. The Colts have been without leader Bob Sanders and have lost safety Melvin Bullet for the season, while New England has been making due without the services of defensive clog Ty Warren and cornerback Leigh Bodden.

So who wins this clash of the AFC's elite? According to the WhatIfSports NFL simulation engine, the Colts win 57.5-percent of the time, by an average score of 22-20.

Note: The Denver Broncos vs San Diego Chargers game was updated on 11/22.

NFL Week 11
MatchupWin%Avg Score
Denver Broncos13.219Boxscore
@ San Diego Chargers86.832Simulate Game
Arizona Cardinals21.116Boxscore
@ Kansas City Chiefs78.927Simulate Game
Washington Redskins26.321Boxscore
@ Tennessee Titans73.729Simulate Game
Seattle Seahawks27.115Boxscore
@ New Orleans Saints72.922Simulate Game
Buffalo Bills32.016Boxscore
@ Cincinnati Bengals68.022Simulate Game
Houston Texans34.221Boxscore
@ New York Jets65.826Simulate Game
Oakland Raiders35.220Boxscore
@ Pittsburgh Steelers64.824Simulate Game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers35.321Boxscore
@ San Francisco 49ers64.725Simulate Game
New York Giants41.618Boxscore
@ Philadelphia Eagles58.421Simulate Game
Detroit Lions44.621Boxscore
@ Dallas Cowboys55.423Simulate Game
Green Bay Packers47.519Boxscore
@ Minnesota Vikings52.520Simulate Game
Indianapolis Colts54.019Boxscore
@ New England Patriots46.018Simulate Game
Cleveland Browns60.625Boxscore
@ Jacksonville Jaguars39.420Simulate Game
Atlanta Falcons66.721Boxscore
@ St. Louis Rams33.316Simulate Game
Chicago Bears74.321Boxscore
@ Miami Dolphins25.714Simulate Game
Baltimore Ravens79.622Boxscore
@ Carolina Panthers20.412Simulate Game

Ryan Fowler is the Content Manager for Whatifsports.com. He can be reached at rfowler@whatifsports.com.

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