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2021 NFL Week 11 Recap

By Hank Blaine

If the Kansas City Chiefs end up winning Super Bowl 56, football fans will look back to Week 11 and say that was the week KC became a contender. Up until this past Sunday’s game versus Dallas, the jury had been out on how good Kansas City was. The Chiefs proved they’re plenty good enough to win the Super Bowl. Check out more information on KC’s impressive performance as well as other big news from a huge NFL Week 11.

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2021 NFL Week 11 Recap

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Kansas City beats Dallas

Kansas City entered their NFL Week 11 game versus the Dallas Cowboys on a roll. The Chiefs had dominated the rival Raiders 41-14 seven days earlier. But because Patrick Mahomes and his mates had beaten Las Vegas, and not some other team, many doubted whether Kansas City indeed was back.

On Sunday, the Chiefs proved that not only are they back, but they’re ready to destroy whatever rival stands in their way. Kansas City beat the Dallas Cowboys, one of the best teams in the league, in a surprising 19-9 defensive struggle. The fact the Chiefs beat the Boys by holding Dak Prescott to 216 passing yards and 2 picks can’t be understated.

All season, the KC defense had languished in the bottom of the rankings. On Sunday, the Chiefs came to play and showed that the D has finally gelled. KC is now the second-choice to win the Super Bowl. Only three weeks ago, Kansas City was the sixth choice at around +1500 odds, which tells us how much stock Super Bowl future bettors have already placed into the Week 11 victory.

New England wins their fifth straight

Don’t look now but the hottest team in the NFL are the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick and the Pats have won five straight and are in a tie with preseason AFC favorite Buffalo atop the AFC East Division. The Patriots are winning with their defense, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Pats allow 16.1 points per, which ranks first in the league. In Week 11, New England held Atlanta to 0 points in a stunning 25-0 victory.

But defense isn’t the only reason Super Bowl future handicappers are all over New England. Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has completed over 80% of his passes in the last couple of games, blowout wins versus the Falcons and Cleveland Browns.

Jones has become one of the most reliable quarterbacks in the league. New England is already a legit Super Bowl contender. If the Patriots overtake the Bills in the AFC East, Belichick’s squad becomes a Lombardi Trophy favorite.

The Packers fall to the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings finally won a close one. No team had lost as many close games this season as the Vikings. On Sunday, Minnesota outlasted the rival Packers 34-31. Minnesota’s victory brought them to two games behind Green Bay for the NFC North lead. Minnesota has a better chance of winning out than Green Bay does. The rest of the schedule favors the Vikings big time. So if Minnesota doesn’t lose focus, they’ll have a chance to overtake Aaron Rodgers and his mates.

Indianapolis upsets Buffalo and the Texans blast the Titans

The Colts have gotten it together. Indianapolis absolutely ransacked the Buffalo Bills in a super impressive 41-15 win. Heading into the Week 11 game, Indy had ranked second in turnover margin. The Colts picked off Josh Allen twice boosting their turnover ratio. So Indy’s defense has gelled. On offense, Jonathan Taylor destroyed the Bills top-ranked defense going for 185 yards and scoring 4 TDs.

Indianapolis is two games behind the Titans in the AFC South because while the Colts were beating up the Bills, Tennessee was dropping a game to the lowly Houston Texans. The Colts mustn’t let up. The schedule isn’t a cakewalk. But the Titans face the Patriots and Steelers on the road and the 49ers at home in three of their final six games. None of those are for sure victories.

Indianapolis has a real shot of winning the division, which isn’t something anyone would have said just three weeks ago. Think Colts if you want to put some money behind a legit Super Bowl underdog.

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