NFL Week 11 Picks: Top 5 Games You Must Watch in Upcoming Schedule

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Nov 13, 2012 03:58 PM EST
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NFL's Week 11 has a lot of dull matches, we know. However, as Sunday winds down and heads into Monday, the action is going to be non-stop as rivalries with clash with pivotal games on the line that could change the look in some divisional races. 

Check out the Top 5 games you should keep track of on Sunday and Monday as the NFL's Week 11 is a few days from launching. 

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 
Even though Ben Roethlisberger will likely be sidelined, this doesn't diminish the importance of this game. The 6-3 Steelers are just a game behind the Ravens who are 7-2 and sitting in first place in the AFC North. The Steelers are on a roll winning four straight and the Ravens have been doing what they can without Ray Lewis. 
Both teams' stars are out, but look for everybody else who is on the field on Sunday to play their hearts out as this rivalry could flip the momentum in the division.

Kickoff is at 8:25 p.m. ET. 

Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots
Andrew Luck might not want anything to do with the cold blooded history between the Colts and the Patriots as the two have played some of the most memorable football games in recent years. However, he will have to come out and perform as he will get a little taste of what Peyton Manning put up with all those years in a Colts jersey. 
The Colts are rolling and in the AFC Wild Card picture. The Patriots picked it up after being in a four-way tie in the AFC East. Both teams are 6-3 and a victory could help increase their lead over teams chasing.

Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos 
Well, this is a matchup the Chargers have either been waiting for or fearing since blowing their 24-point lead back in Week 6. The Chargers are basically facing elimination in this one. The Broncos' schedule is pretty easy and they could finish the season 12-4. For the Chargers it means they have to start winning and they have to do it on Sunday or else, their hopes of an AFC West title is over.

Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers 
This is a classic NFC North battle between two teams that pack some serious offense. Though not really compelling since the Lions are 4-5 and at the seller of the North division, you believe they will love to play spoiler as the Packers are hunting down the Chicago Bears for the first place spot in the division.

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET

Chicago Bears vs. San Francisco 49ers
I feel like I should provide some ominous music with some dark tones as I'm writing this and maybe have it in the background as you are reading this. Two of the NFL's sickest defenses will square up for a Monday Night Football matchup you will not want to miss. The Bears can strip the ball from anybody and the 49ers can stop any offense.
Both offenses, despite having high profile players, are not the highlight of this matchup as my No. 1 and No. 5 defenses in the NFL will dictate the flow of this game. Expect hard hits, turnovers and a lot of guys yelling as they get run over. Trainers will be very busy in the locker rooms after this game is all said and done.

Kickoff is on Monday at 8:25 p.m. ET 

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