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The best, worst, and sleeper games to watch in Week 11 of the NFL schedule

We get some huge matchups in Week 11, with the Raiders looking at a chance to turn the AFC West race into a tight one.

Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs and Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders meet prior to the game at Arrowhead Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The NFL is approaching the home stretch of the 2020 regular season calendar. Playoff implications abound and with Thanksgiving coming up next week, the final month of the regular season will soon arrive.

It will be at least another couple weeks before teams will start clinching playoff berths, but there are still critical games coming up this weekend. Week 11 opened with a fun Cardinals-Seahawks game on Thursday Night Football, and Sunday offers five games with notable playoff implications. Add in some potentially entertaining games involving teams playing out the string and this could be a fun weekend of football.

The best game

There are several critical matchups on the schedule, but Chiefs-Raiders is the best by a sizable margin. Both teams are in the thick of the playoff race, and the Raiders secured a huge upset at Arrowhead in Week 5. Do the Raiders know something that gives them that upper-hand? I think we either see the Raiders win a narrow upset or get blown out. It could turn into a bad game, but I suspect it’s a fun one.

Sleeper game

Arguably the best rivalry in the NFL and one of the best in pro sports is Falcons-Saints. Regardless of either team’s record, this can often be a fun one. And with Drew Brees sidelined for this game, it could be that much tighter. The saying “you can throw out the records when these two play” can be a little overplayed, but this rivalry is always worth keeping an eye on. We could see almost any result, and it wouldn’t surprise me.

Worst game

There are a few games that could take home this honor. Bengals-Washington, Jaguars-Steelers, and Jets-Chargers are all brutal games and there’s an argument to be made they’re the worst. However, I’ll go with Cowboys-Vikings just because of how mediocre it is. The Jets and Jaguars are the worst teams in the league, and the Steelers likely will crush Jacksonville. However, Cowboys-Vikings offers a brand of mediocrity that’s just not worth watching at all. Andy Dalton vs. Kirk Cousins is not going to do it for me.

2020 NFL TV schedule, Week 11

1 p.m. ET

Eagles @ Browns — FOX
Falcons @ Saints — FOX
Bengals @ Washington — CBS
Lions @ Panthers — FOX
Steelers @ Jaguars — CBS
Titans @ Ravens — CBS
Patriots @ Texans — CBS

4:05/4:25 p.m. ET

Dolphins @ Broncos — CBS
Jets @ Chargers — CBS
Packers @ Colts — FOX
Cowboys @ Vikings — FOX

8:20 p.m. ET

Chiefs @ Raiders — NBC