Week 11 of the NFL is upon us. Which games can you catch on Foxtel? Josh has you covered!Week 11 has some blockbuster games with huge playoff implications, those lucky enough to have Foxtel will get to watch two of those games when New Orleans take on San Francisco and Kansas City play Denver. Those games will be previewed below. As always, don’t forget to check out the best NFL TV Guide in Australia right here. For those who can’t watch the Fox Sports game, ESPN has a radio channel (211) which streams the other games and highlights.
Detroit Lions @ Pittsburgh Steelers
When and Where: Monday November 18, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports 3 (via Foxtel), 5:00 am AEST
The 6-3 Lions travel to the 3-6 Steelers in this week 11 fixture. The Lions atop of the NFC North can control their own destiny with a win here. The Lions are clearly the better team but on the road to the Steelers can prove dangerous to many sides.
The key for Lions will not be Calvin Johnson, but Reggie Bush. As good as Megatron is, the Pittsburgh run defense is ranked 29th in the league, averaging 127.2 rushing yards a game. If the Lions can establish a great running game through Bush and Joique Bell they will be able to control the clock and open up some play action for Johnson. Keeping Ben Roethlisberger off the field is just as important as the Detroit secondary is ranked 27th in passing yards a game, averaging 275.6 yards a game.
For Pittsburgh, a win against a probable playoff team could spur them on a run which could potentially land them in the playoff picture. With four divisional games left and a game against the sliding Miami Dolphins and Aaron Rodgers-less Packers, playoffs are not out of the equation just yet. Le'Veon Bell has been a great fit for the Steelers but against the 8th ranked rushing defense it would seem that the strategy must revolve around Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.
Watch Out For: RB Reggie Bush is primed for a big game. He should expose the Steelers run defense and with a solid pass defense should catch at least six passes out in the backfield.
Final Word and Prediction: This is very dangerous road game for the Lions, a loss here could put them on thin ice in the NFC North. The Steelers haven't been themselves all season but they play tough.
Lions 27 - Steelers 24
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints
When and Where: Monday November 18, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Coverage: LIVE on Fox Sports 3 (via Foxtel), 8:25 am AEST
Two NFC powerhouses meet in what should be a highly entertaining affair. Both teams are pretty comfortably in playoff positions but a win would be huge for both teams. The Saints have the Panthers breathing down their neck and the 49ers desperately need to keep up with the impressive Seattle Seahawks.
The 49ers offense has been mediocre at best this year, Colin Kaepernick has unexpectedly been very average for a majority of the year. The loss of Michael Crabtree has been bigger than anyone could have expected. The key for the Niners in this game is to go back to that power run offense that got them to a Super Bowl. Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Bruce Miller are seasoned performers and should exploit the porous run defense of the Saints that has them ranked 23rd in the NFL.
Drew Brees is having yet another mighty season and if it weren't for Peyton Manning he is probably the leading contender for MVP. He has already eclipsed 3,000 yards and scored 25 touchdowns. His combination with Jimmy Graham may be the best in the league eclipsing even Brady and Gronkowski. This game however will be a test for Brees against the top five defense of the 49ers.
Watch Out For: LB Patrick Willis who will take the majority of snaps covering Jimmy Graham. Covering Graham is no easy job but Willis will be the man called upon the most to do so. Good-luck Pat.
Final Word and Prediction: The Saints at home is a sure thing, they haven't lost at home this season and I fully expect that trend to continue. At the end of the day, who do you trust more? Drew Brees or Colin Kaepernick. I have and will take Brees every time.
Saints 28 - 17
NOTE: The Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos preview is available in our Free-To-Air Preview here.
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