The new NFL, in which any team can beat any team anywhere -- except Oakland versus the Patriots in Mexico City -- was in rare form this past week.
Of the 13 games, not including Thursday night's tilt, eight road teams won. That's a lot in any year, but it is becoming the norm.
One trend is picking against teams that lost their franchise (or semi-franchise) quarterback. Well, this past week there were two games where both teams lost their starting quarterbacks.
In other words, while the season is getting older and teams are supposed to be falling into place (bad, mediocre or good), we get a week like this past one.
There are six teams (Miami, N.Y. Jets, Cincinnati, L.A. Chargers, Oakland and Houston) in the AFC that are 4-6.
In most years, those six teams would be long-shots to make the playoffs. But with Tennessee at 6-4, as the "best" Wild Card" team, and Buffalo and Baltimore, a pair of "juggernauts" at 5-5, any of those teams might considered in good position to play football in January.
Does Miami, the Patriots opponent this week, really have a chance to make the playoffs with a pair of home-and-away games against the Patriots and Bills to go with games versus the Broncos and Chiefs. Probably not. But don't they look more like a 2-8 team?
Doesn't the 2017 season give credence to not adding more playoff teams.
Other than Oakland, which is going through a tough stretch, and the L.A. Chargers, is there a team there with a chance of winning even at Wild Card game?
Home teams costly
If you chose a lot of home teams this past weekend, like I did, you lost.
I picked seven winners out of 13 games, which turned out being just below average.
Of the 10 T-shirt winners this week, all were within one point of the Patriots point total (33).
The last two tiebreakers (number of correct selections and random draw) were both needed, with all T-shirt winners having nine or more winners.
Week 11 winners:
Rudy Ruediger of Methuen
Brian L. Tremblay of Georgetown
John Dias of North Andover
Chip DiPietro of North Reading
Mark Welch of Methuen
Nancy Mellor of Salem, N.H.
Bruce Bennett of Groveland
Ray Flynn of Gloucester
Linda Hamilton of Methuen
Brenda McKenney of Salem, N.H.