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Stampede Blue’s NFL Week 11 staff picks

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It’s Thursday, which means football is finally back on our television screens for Week 11 of the NFL season. The Stampede Blue staff is back with its picks for the upcoming slate, hoping to make up for a disastrous Week 10 in which they pulled out a combined record of 44-86.

Let’s tier out the upcoming games, take a look at some weekly awards and current standings and dive right in to Week 11.

Can’t miss contests:

Texans @ Ravens

I’ve got my eyes on you:

Saints @ Buccaneers

Cardinals @ 49ers

Patriots @ Eagles

Chiefs @ Chargers

Could be surprisingly fun:

Steelers @ Browns

Jaguars @ Colts

Bills @Dolphins

Falcons @ Panthers

Bears @ Rams

Hit the snooze button:

Jets @ Redskins

Cowboys @ Lions

Broncos @ Vikings

Bengals @ Raiders

Now for the weekly awards ...

The boldest upset award: Stephen Reed & Chris Shepherd (MIA over BUF)

The Dolphins head into their matchup with the Bills as 6.5-point underdogs, but Mr. Reed and Mr. Shepherd see the Dolphins finishing off what they almost were able to accomplish a couple weeks back, taking down the mighty Buffalo Bills.

The Chucky Chalk award: Andrew Aziz, Mateo Caliz & Elliot Denton

The trio of chalk, as they say, sided with the majority of the Stampede Blue staff on every single game for Week 11.

The road warrior award: Greg Rader

Choosing nine out of the 14 road teams to win this week, Mr. Rader has only the Ravens, Panthers, Vikings, 49ers and Raiders defending their home turfs.

Take a look at the updated standings and picks for Week 10 ...

Greg Rader: 97-50 (66.0%) / Elliot Denton: 96-51 (65.3%) / Chris Blystone: 95-52 (64.6%) / Mateo Caliz: 94-53 (63.9%) / Blake Pace: 92-55 (62.6%) / Josh Hudgens: 75-45 (62.5%) / Brett Mock: 90-57 (61.2%) / Matt Danely: 72-48 (60.0%) / Stephen Reed: 86-61 (58.5%) / Chris Shepherd: 75-57 (56.8%) / Zach Hicks: 73-58 (55.7%) / Andrew Aziz: 78-56 (55.1%)

Thursday 8:20 pm ET

Steelers (8) @ Browns | Contrarians: Chris Blystone, Josh Hudgens, Brett Mock, Blake Pace

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Jets (11) @ Redskins | Contrarian: Chris Shepherd

Jaguars @ Colts (10) | Contrarians: Matt Danely, Greg Rader

Bills (10) @ Dolphins | Contrarians: Stephen Reed, Shepherd

Cowboys (11) @ Lions | Contrarian: Zach Hicks

Texans @ Ravens (11) | Contrarian: Hudgens

Falcons @ Panthers (10) | Contrarians: Hudgens, Mock

Saints @ Buccaneers

Broncos @ Vikings

Sunday 4:05 pm ET

Cardinals @ 49ers

Sunday 4:25 pm ET

Patriots (10) @ Eagles | Contrarians: Blystone, Reed

Bengals @ Raiders

Sunday 8:20 pm ET

Bears @ Rams (11) | Contrarian: Rader

Monday 8:15 pm ET

Chiefs (10) @ Chargers | Contrarians: Hicks, Reed

Who do you have coming out on top in Week 11?