The Loop NFL Picks: Week 11

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Vikings at Broncos (-2½)

The Vikings this week brought back former standout linebacker Anthony Barr and added him to the practice squad. If this reunion proves successful, the Vikings no doubt will quickly inquire about the availability of Dalvin Tomlinson, Jared Allen and Alan Page.
Pick: Vikings by 7

Alan Page is interviewed after he and his wife, Diane Page, show artifacts from their collection at their Minneapolis home on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. They have an extensive collection of African-American artifacts, including many Jim Crow pieces. They are looking for a venue to display the items because they believe the items are matters relevant to current racial happenings in the country. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

Eagles at Chiefs (-2½)

Philadelphia’s burly and bearded Jason Kelce was surprisingly named to People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive list for 2023. The Eagles’ center narrowly beat out his brother Travis, Larry the Cable Guy and Khalid Sheikh Muhammad.
Pick: Chiefs by 3

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – MAY 11: (L-R) Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles watch game six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2023 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on May 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
At left a March 1, 2003 photo obtained by the Associated Press shows Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged Sept. 11 mastermind, shortly after his capture during a raid in Pakistan. At right, a photo downloaded from the Arabic language Internet site and purporting to show a man identified by the Internet site as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sep. 11 attacks, is seen in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The picture was allegedly taken in July 2009 by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and released only to the detainee’s family under a new policy allowing the ICRC to photograph Guantanamo inmates, ICRC spokesman Bernard Barrett said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. A federal law enforcement official says professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators are being referred to the system of military commissions for trial. (AP Photo/

Buccaneers at 49ers (-10½)

Reports of the Niners’ demise proved quite exaggerated as they ended a three-game losing streak with a blowout victory in Jacksonville. While San Fran’s sudden revival took some by surprise, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he saw signs.
Pick: 49ers by 18

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. (Tribune News Service)

Bears at Lions (-9½)

Detroit coach Dan Campbell advised fans nervous about his fourth-down gambles to start putting on diapers before games. Many Lions mavens who were alive when they last won an NFL championship in 1957, though, have been using diapers for quite some time.
Pick: Lions by 3

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell addresses the media after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Raiders at Dolphins (-11½)

It became official on Wednesday that baseball’s Oakland Athletics have joined their Coliseum neighbors the Raiders in relocating to Las Vegas. So that’s the second time this decade that a pro team has moved to The Strip from a dump..
Pick: Dolphins by 17

Signs hang in right field at RingCentral Coliseum during a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Steelers at Browns (-3½)

The Browns’ Deshaun Watson said he is “in disbelief” after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. It’s a feeling shared last year by Cleveland fans who were “in disbelief” that the franchise committed $230 million to a massage freak.
Pick: Browns by 7

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 12: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Jadeveon Clowney #24 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Cowboys at Panthers (+10½)

Carolina coach Frank Reich says he is taking over play-calling duties for the Panthers. The move was immediately mocked by Panthers fans who recall Reich is the same dolt who drafted Bryce Young instead of C.J. Stroud..
Pick: Cowboys by 17

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 09: at Soldier Field on November 09, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Cardinals at Texans (-5½)

Kyler Murray returned from his severe knee injury to lead Arizona to a rousing comeback victory over Atlanta. While the victory doesn’t guarantee that the Cardinals’ 2024 quarterback will be named Kyler Murray, it means he almost certainly will not be named Caleb Williams.
Pick: Texans by 3

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 12: Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals scrambles against the Atlanta Falcons during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Christy/Getty Images)

Chargers at Packers (+2½)

L.A. coach Brandon Staley says he’s going to remain the defensive play caller and is not making any major changes to the Chargers’ poor defense. He feels any major alterations should be made by whoever succeeds him as coach in a few weeks.
Pick: Chargers by 3

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley reacts in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on October 16, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jets at Bills (-6½)

Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen says it hurts that Ken Dorsey was fired and says the offensive coordinator would still have a job if he and the Bills played better this season. Allen also determined that the sun rises in the East, and water is wet..
Pick: Bills by 7

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 13: Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball against the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of the game at Highmark Stadium on November 13, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)


Titans at Jaguars (-6½):
Pick: Jaguars by 7

Giants at Commanders (-10½):
Pick: Commanders by 8

Seahawks at Rams (+2½):
Pick: Seahawks by 7

TAMPA, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 12: Will Levis #8 of the Tennessee Titans reacts after being sacked during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 12, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Bye weeks

Falcons, Colts, Patriots, Saints

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


8-6 straight up
7-7 vs. spread

92-58 straight up (.613)
77-73 vs. spread (.513)

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