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Raiders skid reaches 16 straight losses (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Ever since Al Davis arrived in Oakland more than a half-century ago to build his beloved Raiders into one of pro sports' most successful franchises, his team has been closely associated with Davis' favorite saying, ''Just win, baby.''
Chiefs-Raiders Preview (The Associated Press)
Before the surging Kansas City Chiefs can worry about a primetime matchup against the team with which it shares the AFC West lead, they need to focus on extending the misery of the one at the bottom of the division.
Patriots fans just love them some One Direction, study shows (Shutdown Corner)
When they're not cheering on their team, New England Patriots fans are most likely to go see One Direction concerts as their football-alternative form of musical entertainment. So says a study by StubHub, via the Wall Street Journal , which tracked ticket-purchasing habits of fans from each of the NFL's fan bases. The online ticket broker studied data back to 2012 on the secondary market and cross-referenced it geographically with what musical acts each team's fans were most likely to purchase. [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 12 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid ] Apparently, the British boy band is just huge in New England — the only NFL region where One Direction was the top-selling act. (What, was Creed not on tour the past three years?) The recent Beyoncé-Jay Z tour dominated in several NFL cities: tops among the fans of the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.
Cleveland Browns release Ben Tate, the latest free-agent RB failure (Shutdown Corner)
Memo to NFL decision makers: Maybe think twice before signing that free-agent running back in the future. The market for backs already had been depressed coming into last offseason, but this latest news proved that the recession is here to stay. The Browns released running back Ben Tate this morning. — Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) November 18, 2014 [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 12 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid ] Tate didn't sign for huge money at all (two years, $6.2 million), but it's clear now that it was almost a total waste of financial resources. The Cleveland Browns had grown tired of Tate of late, and his performance the past five games — 53 carries, 90 yards — suggested it might be time to stop giving him opportunities and live with the ups and downs of rookie backs Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. Head coach Mike Pettine said, via ESPN.com , on Monday that Crowell and West were more explosive than Tate. "Three's an explosiveness there with the young backs, just a little bit more pop," Pettine said. "We wanted to see those guys out there. Sometimes it's not a matter of a negative against a guy, it's more of a positive with the other ones. We take everything into account."  Tate had expressed frustration with the Browns' three-back attack. He said he'd "be lying" if he said he was happy with that approach. No need to lie now, Ben. But seriously, look at the free-agent running back class from this past offseason: • The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart for three years and $10.5 million. They have received a rushing average of 2.6 yards and a long run of 13 on 59 attempts. • The New York Jets signed Chris Johnson for two years and $8 million. He's on pace for nearly half his previous high carry total and has accumulated 193 yards on 44 rushes since Week 5. • The Oakland Raiders — yes, we're piling on here — signed Darren McFadden (one year, $1.75M) and Maurice Jones-Drew (three years, $7.5M) and have received, respectively, 393 and 70 rush yards from the pair. • The Pittsburgh Steelers thought they added some thunder to their backfield, pairing LeGarrette Blount (two years, $3.85M) with Le'Veon Bell, and early this season that looked to be a solid signing. But after his latest stunt, leaving the field early Monday night after receiving zero carries, the Steelers might be on the verge of releasing Blount and swallowing hard on that deal. Injuries have held back the New York Giants' Rashad Jennings (four years, $10M), the Miami Dolphins' Knowshon Moreno (one year, $3M) and the San Diego Chargers' Donald Brown (three years, $10.5M) — and yet each have had their moments for their respective teams, to be fair. For every bargain, such as the Baltimore Ravens' Justin Forsett (one year, $730K) or the Indianapolis Colts' Ahmad Bradshaw (one year, 855K), there are 10 relative failures, it seems. It further drives home the point that handing out checks, even deflated ones, to veteran running backs just doesn't appear to be good business in the NFL these days. Their chances of getting hurt, showing too much wear or not being worth the money — really, any money — appears to be very high. This has to come as depressing news for the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray, a free agent this coming offseason who has been spectacular this season but might not see anywhere close to the money he thinks he deserves. It's the nature of the NFL these days.  - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Raiders switch to night practice (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Maybe a change in the practice schedule will shake the Oakland Raiders out of their winless slide - now at 16 games and longer than a full calendar year.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Trouble in Denver? (Shutdown Corner)
Maybe Peyton Manning needs to take a cue from Aaron Rodgers this week. Everyone might need to R-E-L-A-X on the Denver Broncos a bit.  In this quickly changing NFL, it would be surprising if a team didn’t have a bad loss on its record. The Arizona Cardinals are 9-1 and even they have a 21-point defeat, to Denver, on their resum é (albeit when they played a decent part of that game with third-string quarterback Logan Thomas). The Broncos’ 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams wasn’t good. It’s possible we look back on it as the game that cost the Broncos a first-round bye or the AFC West. But it’s also understandable. [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5M Week 12 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid ] The Rams played well. It happens. And when the Broncos lost Emmanuel Sanders, Julius Thomas and Montee Ball during the contest, it eliminated a big part of the game plan. Andre Caldwell and Jacob Tamme can’t do the things Sanders and Thomas do. The Broncos should have scored more than seven points, but one bad game doesn’t mean they’re not a good team. The Patriots have taken a couple bad losses. The Cardinals were blown out once. The Packers have a few uncompetitive losses. Now the Broncos have a couple, too. If the Broncos’ injuries linger longer than expected, maybe we will have to re-evaluate them. And who knows, if the Kansas City Chiefs beat them in a couple weeks at Arrowhead Stadium (don’t discount that happening, with how well the Chiefs are playing), maybe the Broncos will just be one of those really good teams that has to settle for a wild-card spot. But we’ll see about all that. For right now, the Broncos are just fine, even with two losses in three games. A few teams might be playing better, but I wouldn’t rank many ahead of them. The talent on that roster is too good for them to be average. Relax. Here are the rest of the post-Week 11 NFL power rankings: 32. Oakland Raiders (0-10, Last Week: 32) Every week that Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew get carries ahead of Latavius Murray, the Raiders are showing they don't get it. I don't know if Murray, a big, physical second-year player, is any good. But neither do the Raiders, and that's the problem. 31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-9, LW: 30) The Jaguars went 4-12 in Gus Bradley's first season. They'd have to go 3-3 the rest of the way to match that. I hope ownership doesn't overreact if their record is worse because Bradley is the right guy there. 30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8, LW: 31) Mike Evans was the first rookie receiver with 200 yards and two touchdowns in a game since Anquan Boldin in 2003. Even in a potentially historic receiver draft class, Evans might be the best one. It's a debate that will be fun to track. 29. Tennessee Titans (2-8, LW: 29) We're getting close to a point where Zach Mettenberger has locked up the 2015 starting quarterback job. After what he has shown, is there any chance the Titans won't use next season to give him a legitimate look? 28. New York Jets (2-8, LW: 28) Is there a number of wins in New York's last six games that Rex Ryan could hit to save his job? I'd probably put it at a minimum of four. 27. Washington Redskins (3-7, LW: 26) Jay Gruden's very specific criticism of Robert Griffin III on Monday seemed like him saying, "Nothing else is getting through, let me try this approach." 26. New York Giants (3-7, LW: 24) Sadly, the Giants probably would have won Sunday's game against the 49ers had Eli Manning thrown just four interceptions. Alas, he threw five. 25. Carolina Panthers (3-7-1, LW: 23) A team that has lost five straight is a half-game out of first place. 24. Atlanta Falcons (4-6, LW: 27) There is, by the way, a scenario in which the NFC South could be won by a 5-11 team. That's mathematically possible. In related news, I better not get one "How can you rank a first-place team so low???" email or tweet this week. 23. Minnesota Vikings (4-6, LW: 21) Sunday's loss to the Bears was the fifth time in six games the Vikings didn't reach 20 points. And it was against the Bears, who give up 14 by the time the national anthem is done. Lot of work to be done there. 22. Chicago Bears (4-6, LW: 25) Four of the Bears' last six games are at home. If they can win those, and upset the Lions on the road on Thanksgiving, then go into Week 17 at Minnesota with nine wins ... I'm sorry Bears fans, I don't know why I just did that to you. 21. New Orleans Saints (4-6, LW: 19) Rookie receiver Brandin Cooks wasn't dominating this season, but he was pretty good, and it's going to be very hard for the Saints to replace what he does while he's out four-to-six weeks with a broken thumb. 20. St. Louis Rams (4-6, LW: 22) They should be in so much better shape than 4-6. 19. Houston Texans (5-5, LW: 20) The first question of Bill O'Brien's Monday news conference was why Ryan Mallett didn't start before Week 11. His answer was basically that he wanted to make sure Mallett was ready. But he probably has to wonder if things would be different if he had pulled the trigger earlier. 18. Buffalo Bills (5-5, LW: 17) Nobody checked the expiration date on Kyle Orton. It has passed. 17. Cincinnati Bengals (6-3-1, LW: 18) How do you evaluate a team that looked so bad at home against the Browns and so good on the road at the Saints in an 11-day stretch? 16. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4, LW: 16) It just shouldn't be that hard against really bad teams. 15. Cleveland Browns (6-4, LW: 13) The good news is Josh Gordon is back. The bad news is they won't get that loss to the Texans back. They really could have used that one. 14. San Diego Chargers (6-4, LW: 15) There were a few times on Sunday when it didn't seem like Philip Rivers would be getting up. It's no surprise to hear he has been playing through injuries. 13. San Francisco 49ers (6-4, LW: 12) NaVorro Bowman was cleared to return to practice. Hopefully he makes it back this season because that would be a great story for a great player. 12. Miami Dolphins (6-4, LW: 14) Well, if you have to play Denver this might be a good time for it. The Dolphins could use an upset like that, too. 11. Baltimore Ravens (6-4, LW: 11) In the AFC North logjam, it seems like the Ravens have the best team. They could take a huge step by winning at New Orleans next Monday night. 10. Detroit Lions (7-3, LW: 9) It's clear they're heading toward a wild-card berth , but I'll say this: They're going to be a tough out in the opening weekend (unless Matthew Stafford plays like he did at Arizona, of course). 9. Seattle Seahawks (6-4, LW: 8) A lot is being made of Marshawn Lynch , like he's a reason for the Seahawks' issues. Let's think this through. Do we think Lynch debuted a new personality this year? No. And how were the Seahawks with all of Lynch's "distractions" or whatever you'd like to call them the past few years? 8. Dallas Cowboys (7-3, LW: 7) They still have four road games left, but the good news is that three come against bad teams (Giants, Bears, Redskins). 7. Indianapolis Colts (6-4, LW: 5) You can't discount Andrew Luck getting hot and carrying this team deep in the playoffs, but they're just not one of the elite teams in the conference. 6. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3, LW: 10) They beat the defending champs with 11 completions and 108 yards. Old-school football fans, this is your squad. 5. Philadelphia Eagles (7-3, LW: 3) A close loss at Lambeau would have been no big deal. But that blowout loss? Not a good look. 4. Denver Broncos (7-3, LW: 2) The running back situation is an issue. Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball are out a while. The Broncos can't just ditch the run, like they did at St. Louis. 3. Arizona Cardinals (9-1, LW: 6) Maybe Drew Stanton is just one of those stories, where his NFL history doesn't matter and he has a great season. He looked just fine against the Lions. 2. Green Bay Packers (7-3, LW: 4) I hear you, Cardinals fans. But I pick Aaron Rodgers and this team over the Cardinals on a neutral field right now. Simple. 1. New England Patriots (8-2, LW: 1) The gap is pretty wide between Nos. 1 and No. 2 at this point. They could lose a game (and with that schedule, it's likely), and I'm not sure I'd drop them from this spot. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Green Bay heat: Rodgers and Packers unstoppable (The Associated Press)
It's heating up in Green Bay.
Rivers leads Chargers over winless Raiders 13-6 (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- If the San Diego Chargers thought losing three straight games was bad enough, they should try being the Oakland Raiders.
Part-time comedian Jonas Gray no joke for Patriots against Colts (Yahoo Sports)
The previously unheralded rusher may have Patriots laughing all the way to another deep run playoff run.
NFL Winners and Losers: The NFC North has been decided (Shutdown Corner)
Over the course of a few hours on Sunday evening, the NFC North division title was decided.  Not mathematically. Far from that. The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are tied at 7-3, and technically the Lions are in first place because of the tiebreaker. But let’s be real. The Packers are going to win the division. Green Bay fans know it. Detroit fans probably know it too, if they’re honest with themselves.  If you watched the two teams play on Sunday, you know. The Lions have been squeaking by teams, no matter how good or bad they are, for weeks. A very good Arizona Cardinals team (we’ll talk about them in a bit, and honestly, they likely decided a second division race Sunday) didn’t allow another miracle Lions comeback. Drew Stanton threw for 306 yards for the Cardinals. Matthew Stafford was at his worst. He was 18 of 30 for 183 yards and an interception. On most plays, he either held the ball forever or was way off when he did throw it. He targeted Calvin Johnson, one of the five greatest receivers ever, 12 times and connected on only five of them. The Lions never got in the end zone. The only thing that even kept them in the game was a couple of Stanton interceptions. Detroit isn't a bad team, but it didn't look like a contender either. If you want to argue that it doesn’t matter if you win by one point or 30, fine. But it can help figure out future performance. And while the Lions were pulling out last-second wins, the Packers have been annihilating teams. The Packers scored more than 50 points for the second straight game, the first time in the long franchise history that has happened. Since losing to the Lions in Week 3, the Packers are 6-1 with five wins by at least three touchdowns. The 53-20 win against the previously 7-2 Eagles was absolutely tremendous. The Packers do look like a dominant football team, one of the true contenders in the NFL. And take a look at the Packers’ remaining schedule: at Minnesota vs. New England vs. Atlanta at Buffalo at Tampa Bay vs. Detroit A 5-1 finish seems like a worst-case scenario. That includes the inevitable win over the Lions, who haven’t won in Lambeau Field since 1991, the year before Brett Favre showed up in Green Bay. The Lions go to New England next week, and the rest of their schedule isn’t too bad before finishing at Green Bay. Maybe the division won’t be officially settled before Week 17. But you can see by watching the two teams that one is just on a different level right now. That shouldn’t change before the end of the season. Here are the rest of the winners, and the rest of the losers, from Week 11: The Cardinals’ chances of winning the NFC West: Here is Cardinals’ situation after 10 games: If they go 3-3 the rest of the season, the 49ers or Seahawks would have to go 6-0 just to tie them for the division title. In other words, they should probably keep University of Phoenix Stadium available for all January weekends. The Cardinals had an impressive home win against the Lions on Sunday. The defense kept the Lions out of the end zone. Stanton made enough plays to win. Coach Bruce Arians called the same aggressive game he always does. There was no sign the Cardinals will slow down at all without Carson Palmer, and even if they do down the road, their NFC West lead looks just about insurmountable. It was an impressive win for them. Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC West race: The Chiefs are no joke this season. They have not had one bad outcome since Week 1, and after Sunday the AFC West race is pretty interesting. The Broncos fell to 7-3 with a bad loss at St. Louis. The Chiefs beat the Seattle Seahawks 24-20 in a very entertaining game and are now tied with the Broncos at 7-3. The Chargers are lurking at 6-4 too, but for now let’s talk about the Chiefs. Winning the division isn’t out of the question. The Chiefs, who have two games left against the 0-10 Oakland Raiders, need to win at home on Nov. 30 against the Broncos. The Chiefs probably couldn’t survive a home loss to the Broncos, which would give Denver the tiebreaker, and win the division. But there’s no reason to believe the Chiefs can’t beat the Broncos at home. Andy Reid is doing a tremendous job with this team, which does two things tremendously well: rush the quarterback, and run the ball. They rode that to a very impressive win against the defending champs on Sunday. The Broncos might need to win at Arrowhead Stadium to avoid being a wild-card team. Ryan Mallett: The biggest story out of the Houston Texans’ 23-7 win over the Cleveland Browns was defensive end J.J. Watt making it clear he deserves the NFL MVP award (whether voters can see beyond the quarterback position to give it to the most deserving player will be seen). But it was also quite a day for Mallett. Mallett’s first three years in the NFL, he threw four passes, and one was intercepted. He didn’t appear in any games in 2011 or '13. He was traded by the Patriots to the Texans for the low price of a sixth-round draft pick before the season started. And after that long road to his first start, Mallett played quite well. Mallett completed 20-of-30 passes for 211 yards, a pair of touchdowns and one interception in a 23-7 win at division-leading Cleveland. One win doesn’t mean the Texans have found their quarterback of the future, but there’s time to figure that out. Mallett deserves a day to just enjoy this win. “It made the four years, the wait worth it. I couldn’t ask for a better start to my career,” Mallett said, according to the Houston Chronicle. The hilarity of Bennie Logan snapping at an official who tried helping him line up right: Sometimes, officials can give a gentle shove to a player who is lined up wrong and will get a penalty if he stays there (we saw that in a Patriots-Jets game earlier this season ). The Eagles’ Bennie Logan was lined up illegally on a field-goal attempt. The official tried to move him, to help him out. And Logan was NOT happy about it. This was comedy: LOSERS The two good NFC teams who will sit at home while the NFC South hosts a playoff game: You want to hear something that sums up the worst division in football? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got their second win of the season on Sunday, in the 11th week of the season. That puts them only two games off the division lead. It’s true. The Atlanta Falcons lead it at 4-6, and they are 0-6 outside the division. The New Orleans Saints, who can’t even win at home anymore, are 4-6 too (the Falcons have the tiebreaker) after getting dominated in the Superdome by the Bengals. The Carolina Panthers check in at 3-7-1, and then comes Tampa Bay at 2-8. I’m not saying Tampa Bay can rip off enough wins to overcome a two-game deficit (and they can’t win the tiebreaker over anyone), but the fact that I’m typing this sentence about a 2-8 team is an indictment of the entire division. Here’s the crime: The NFC South doesn’t deserve a playoff spot, but will get one at the expense of a really good team. There are seven teams in the other three divisions with at least six wins: Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Green Bay, Arizona, San Francisco and Seattle. At least two of those teams are missing the playoffs. Unless we can petition the NFL to not recognize the South champ this year. St. Louis Rams … not for Sunday but for being 4-6: To answer all Rams fans' gripes now – the Rams played great in a 22-7 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, they had a phenomenal effort against Peyton Manning, the offense played well enough, Tre Mason looks like a good find at running back, (fill in the blank praise for everything else they did well). This is my problem. The Rams have defeated Seattle, San Francisco and Denver, arguably the three best teams in the NFL at the end of last season. How on earth are they so inconsistent that they’re 1-6 in the rest of their games? We shouldn’t be talking about the Rams having to win out to make the playoffs after beating those three teams. It must be maddening for Rams fans that a very talented roster like St. Louis has can show off every bit of that talent in dominating the Broncos (make no mistake, the Rams looked like the better team from beginning to end) and still is 4-6, has a season point differential of minus-73 and needs a miracle to even end up as a legitimate playoff contender in December. So yes, great job by the Rams on Sunday. One of the best 60-minute performances in the NFL this season. The Rams can feel good about that, as long as they also feel really disappointed that a team capable of that performance is two games under .500. Bad Eli: Eli Manning has been a part of two Super Bowl championship teams, but he’ll have some days when you’re reminded why that won’t be enough to get him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His five-interception day against San Francisco, in a game the Giants could have won with a C-minus performance at quarterback was one of them. Washington Redskins: Quarterback Robert Griffin III called Sunday’s loss a “travesty.” Coach Jay Gruden said it was “horrific.” This is a low point for Washington. A 27-7 home loss to a wretched Buccaneers team, which was 1-8 coming in, has to make the franchise question everything. Washington is 3-7, going nowhere and is there even room for optimism? The Buccaneers are terrible, but at least they can point to stud rookie receiver Mike Evans (209 yards and two touchdowns) and be excited about that. What is there to be excited about in Washington? At best, any hope left about Griffin comes with a lot of nervous concern about if he'll ever be the same player he was as a rookie. There’s not a lot to get truly excited about elsewhere on the roster. Travesty? Horrific? That sums it up. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
NFL Today, Week 11 (The Associated Press)
Monday, Nov. 17
Raiders Suffer 13-6 Defeat Against Chargers (Automated Insights)
The Raiders were beaten by the Chargers, 13-6, at Qualcomm Stadium.
Chiefs Defeat Seahawks, 24-20 (Automated Insights)
Jamaal Charles had a big day on the ground, leading the way to a victory for the Chiefs over the Seahawks, 24-20, at home.
Seahawks Suffer 24-20 Defeat Against Chiefs (Automated Insights)
Marshawn Lynch had a big day for the offense, but it was not enough to avoid a defeat for the Seahawks against the Chiefs, 24-20, in Kansas City.
Safety Addae inactive for Chargers against Raiders (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers safety Jahleel Addae is inactive for Sunday's game against winless Oakland even though he was cleared from a concussion he suffered at Denver on Oct. 23.
Silva's Week 11 Matchups (Rotoworld)
Evan Silva breaks down every fantasy option's matchup in every Week 11 game.
Injury Questions: Week 11 (Rotoworld)
Spencer Limbach runs through all the injury situations heading into NFL Week 11.
Raiders DE Tuck at practice, may play vs Chargers (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck isn't fully recovered from the knee injury that slowed him this season. Waking up with a sore neck this week didn't help, either.
RB Jennings eager to get back on field (The Associated Press)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Rashad Jennings has had enough of being away from his New York Giants' teammates on Sundays.
Chargers Mathews, Te'o getting healthy for Raiders (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The fading San Diego Chargers may get help from running back Ryan Mathews and linebacker Manti Te'o against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Week 11 Sleepers (Rotoworld)
Nick Mensio identifies a dozen Week 11 sleepers and cheap FanDuel options, checking in on Robert Griffin III, Ryan Mathews, and others.
NFL against the spread picks: Chiefs are on quite a roll (Shutdown Corner)
There’s one NFL result this season that is so strange, it doesn’t seem like it actually happened this year. Tennessee Titans 26, Kansas City 10. It wasn’t even that close, and the game was in Kansas City. The Titans out-gained the Chiefs 405-245 and led 23-3 early in the fourth quarter. These days, the Titans are fielding questions about whether they’d be better off tanking the rest of the season. They’ve lost seven of eight since that Kansas City win, and the only win was a tight home win over a terrible Jacksonville Jaguars team. The Titans are a bad team, too. [ Join FanDuel.com's $2.5m Week 11 fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 21,840 teams paid ] The Chiefs haven’t gotten a ton of attention since Week 1, but it's clear they are very good. Maybe even better than last year, when a 9-0 start was fueled by an impossibly easy schedule. The Chiefs have been very good to bettors. According to OddsShark.com , the Chiefs are 7-1 against the spread since Week 1. The only loss was a 5-point defeat against San Francisco, when OddsShark’s closing number was San Francisco minus-4.5. The line dropped during the week, so plenty of people had Kansas City at plus-6 or plus-5.5. To them, the Chiefs are a perfect 8-0 against the spread since Week 1. That’s fantastic. That leads us to one of the most interesting lines of the week: Seattle Seahawks as 2-point underdogs at Kansas City. The Seahawks (4-5 against the spread) haven’t looked like the 2013 Seahawks very often this season. But the fourth quarter against the Giants last week was one of those times. They looked dominant. Maybe the champs are starting to hit their stride. That’s what I’m going with this week. I’ll take the Seahawks, believing that their DNA as a championship team is going to show at some point. But I do think the Chiefs are a good team too, and if they win this one, they won’t be under the radar any more. Here are the rest of the Week 11 picks: Bills (+4.5) over Dolphins ( picked Thursday ): There’s a lot to like about the Bills. They need a quarterback though. Bears (-3) over Vikings: If the Bears can’t show any pride in this one and play hard, after Sunday night’s embarrassment, then heads need to start rolling now. Browns (-3) over Texans: I think the Browns are a pretty good team. And I’m not a big believer in Ryan Mallett. Rams (+9.5) over Broncos: I don’t trust these Jeff Fisher Rams. I just can’t bring myself to lay this much with a road favorite. Bengals (+7) over Saints: I assume the line crept up a bit because of how bad the Bengals looked last Thursday. The Saints didn’t look too hot last week either though. 49ers (-4) over Giants: I don’t think the 49ers are all that good this year. But, I know for sure the Giants aren’t good. Buccaneers (+7.5) over Redskins: I can’t stomach taking Washington giving more than a touchdown to anyone. Panthers (pick ‘em) over Falcons: I’m never going to feel good picking an NFC South team this season. But had to pick one in this game, unfortunately. Chargers (-10) over Raiders: The Raiders had their chance to surprise the Chargers earlier this year, and almost did. Oakland lost that one late in the fourth quarter. San Diego won’t sleep on them this time. Eagles (+6) over Packers: I think Philadelphia might win this one straight up. Lions (+1.5) over Cardinals: If Drew Stanton plays well against a heck of a defense like this, maybe we can start to reevaluate where the Cardinals might go from here. Colts (-3) over Patriots: Great game and a tough call. Just think the Colts’ home-field advantage is a little too much. Titans (+5.5) over Steelers: I pick all the games, so I have to pick a side here. But if you really think you can predict this Steelers team, you’re fooling yourself. Last week: 7-6 Season to date: 72-74 - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
Winless Raiders search for inspiration (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- While the Oakland Raiders stretched before the start of practice, a voice could be heard over the usual musical soundtrack on the loudspeaker.
Showdowns of division leaders spice weekend lineup (AFP)
Tom Brady will try to guide the New England Patriots to their sixth consecutive victory Sunday in a showcase battle of National Football League division leaders at Indianapolis. Since a stinging 41-14 loss to Kansas City dropped them to 2-2 on the season, the AFC East-leading Patriots have won five in a row and averaged more than 40 points a contest, most recently ripping AFC West leader Denver 43-21 two weeks ago behind four Brady touchdown passes before enjoying a bye last week.
With Bears in free fall, Cutler under fire (The Associated Press)
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- If fans want to burn his jersey, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has no problem with that. He all but dared them to do it again, actually.
Raiders-Chargers Preview (The Associated Press)
The San Diego Chargers were atop the AFC West after beating the Oakland Raiders a month ago, but they haven't won since.
Broncos-Rams Preview (The Associated Press)
With starting running back Ronnie Hillman likely to be out, coach John Fox believes his Denver Broncos are again in capable hands following C.J. Anderson's breakout performance.
Raiders QB Carr remains upbeat despite 0-9 start (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Derek Carr's demeanor has stayed remarkably the same even as the losses keep piling up for the winless Oakland Raiders.
Chargers linebacker Te'o returns to practice (The Associated Press)
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Reinforcements are on the way for the San Diego Chargers, who hope to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the winless Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Getting Defensive: Week 11 (Rotoworld)
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 28 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 11.