The Loop NFL Picks: Week 11

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Every Sunday, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest Las Vegas point spread, the way God intended …

Packers at Vikings (+2½)
The Packers announced they are selling 300,000 more shares of stock in the franchise, at a cool $300 each. They will make a great Christmas gift for the Cheesehead fan who has everything except a worthless sheet of paper.
Pick: Packers by 3

The stock certificate presented to President Barack Obama, making him a Green Bay Packers football team shareholder, is seen during a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl XLV Champions Green Bay Packers, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Saints at Eagles (-1½)
Philly cornerback Darius Slay recovered a fumble and ran 82 yards for a touchdown last Sunday after Denver’s Teddy Bridgewater gingerly moved out of his way and let Slay score. It was the least courageous move made by a quarterback since Aaron Rodgers’ last press conference.
Pick: Eagles by 3

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) tries to escape the reach of Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Alex Singleton during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Dolphins at Jets (+2½)
Miami guard Robert Hunt became a viral sensation last week when he decided to catch a pass, quite illegally, rumbled downfield and flipped into the end zone. It’s one of the most remarkable plays ever made by a man without a functioning brain.
Pick: Dolphins by 11

(Screen grab from Fox Sports)

Bengals at Raiders (+1½)
Las Vegas defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson briefly stopped last Sunday night’s game after he spotted a pair of scissors on the field. That’s smart because the way Raiders have been collapsing in every conceivable way, it’s best to keep them away from all sharp objects.
Pick: Bengals by 3

(Screen grab from NBC Sports)

Cardinals at Seahawks (+2½)
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said the referees played a “huge part” in Seattle’s Week 10 loss in Green Bay. In a related note, Carroll has played a “huge part” in the Seahawks going the last eight years without a championship.
Pick: Cardinals by 3

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

Washington at Panthers (-3½)
Just days after announcing “I’M BACK,” Cam Newton gets the start against his former coach, Ron Rivera. The former MVP needed only one play last week to surpass the impossibly low threshold of being better than Sam Darnold.
Pick: Panthers by 7

Quarterback (1) Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers against the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. Panthers defeated the Cardinals 34-10. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis)

Lions at Browns (-9½)
Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield was knocked out of action again last week, this time with a knee injury. He’s so banged up that Case Keenum may be called upon to replace him in his next few Progressive and Hulu ads.
Pick: Browns by 1

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) is assisted on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Giants at Buccaneers (-11½)
Tom Brady’s “Man in the Arena” ESPN feature debuted this week with much fanfare. We can’t wait for next week’s episode to see how the GOAT explains getting wiped out by the Washington Snyders.
Pick: Buccaneers by 24

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen (93) lay on the ground during an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Football Team, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

Steelers at Chargers (-4½)
Pittsburgh rookie Najee Harris, after the Steelers’ embarrassing deadlock with winless Detroit last Sunday, admitted that he had no idea you could have a tie in the NFL. Most fans were also taken aback, as they had no idea Detroit could avoid losing a game.
Pick: Chargers by 7

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) plays against the Detroit Lions during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Justin Berl)

Ravens at Bears (+6½)
NFL officials have privately acknowledged that the Bears were victimized by several bad calls in their Week 9 loss in Pittsburgh … and when they hired Matt Nagy.
Pick: Ravens by 3

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy yells from the sideline as his team plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

OTHER GAMES
Colts at Bills (-7½):
Pick: Bills by 6

49ers at Jaguars (+5½):
Pick: 49ers by 7

Texans at Titans (-10½):
Pick: Titans by 14

Cowboys at Chiefs (-2½):
Pick: Chiefs by 3

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) motions to the crowd while playing the Las Vegas Raiders during an NFL Professional Football Game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John McCoy)

Byes: Broncos, Rams

RECORDS

Week 10
6-7-1 straight up
6-8 vs. spread

Season
93-56-1 straight up (.624)
80-68-2 vs. spread (.541)

Miami Dolphins guard Robert Hunt (68) runs a play during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Point spreads through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at kcusick@pioneerpress.com.