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Breaking down all NFL Week 11 games in 1,000 words

The Week 11 schedule of the 2020 NFL Season is loaded, and highlighted by three great games in the primetime slots.

Matchup
Arizona Cardinals
6-3
Seattle Seahawks
6-3
Thursday, Nov. 19
8:20 p.m. ET
FOX
SEA -3

Best mismatch for Cardinals: Make a move. Seattle is 31st in yards after catch allowed (1,287), meaning Arizona’s speedy weapons will have room to roam.

Best mismatch for Seahawks: Russell Wilson. The Seahawks rank first in touchdown passes (28), second in yards per attempt (8.4) and sixth in yards per completion (12.0).

Stat to know: Arizona has committed a league-high 69 penalties this season.

Matchup
Atlanta Falcons
3-6
New Orleans Saints
7-2
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
FOX
NO -6.5

Best mismatch for Falcons: Jameis giveaways. Last year, Jameis Winston threw 30 interceptions, including a pick-six to end the campaign against Atlanta. The Falcons will have a shot to create turnovers.

Best mismatch for Saints: Keep chucking it. Even with Winston’s issues, throw the ball. Atlanta is 31st in air yards allowed (1,694) and 29th in yards after catch (1,275).

Stat to know: Atlanta has surrendered 6.5 yards per play, worst in the NFL.

Matchup
Cincinnati Bengals
2-6-1
Washington Football Team
2-7
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
CBS
WSH -1.5

Best mismatch for Bengals: Put it up. Cincinnati is T-3rd with 140 passing first downs. Meanwhile Washington struggles to knock down passes, ranking last in passes defensed (21).

Best mismatch for Football Team: Avoid the negative. Cincinnati has 25 tackles for loss, fewest in the league. Washington has a good chance to stay on schedule with Alex Smith.

Stat to know: Washington ranks T-28th in yards per carry (3.8) while Cincinnati checks in T-31st defensively in the metric (5.0).

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Detroit Lions
4-5
Carolina Panthers
3-7
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
FOX
CAR -3

Best mismatch for Lions: Move the sticks. The Panthers have the worst third-down defense in the NFL, allowing conversions 55.3 percent of the time. Detroit must take advantage.

Best mismatch for Panthers: Keep it going. Carolina completes 71.3 percent of its passes, second-best in football. Detroit allows a 65.4 percent completion rate, 16th in the league.

Stat to know: The Lions have allowed a league-worst 16 rushing touchdowns.

Matchup
New England Patriots
4-5
Houston Texans
2-7
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
CBS
NE -1

Best mismatch for Patriots: Look out, Deshaun. New England has a league-best hurry rate (15.3%) and is third-best in pressure rate (27.0%). Houston has allowed 26 sacks, tied for seventh-worst.

Best mismatch for Texans: Stand tall. Deshaun Watson should have chances to make plays, as New England has a league-low 35 quarterback hits.

Stat to know: New England’s defense forces a turnover on a league-best 17.2 percent of drives, while Houston ranks 32nd in the statistic (5.2%)

Matchup
Philadelphia Eagles
3-5-1
Cleveland Browns
6-3
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
FOX
CLE -3.5

Best mismatch for Eagles: Hit Baker. The Eagles rank second in quarterback hits (74) and third in sacks (31). This is about forcing Baker Mayfield into negative plays and turnovers.

Best mismatch for Browns: Like above, but in reverse. Philadelphia allows sacks on 9.2 percent of pass attempts, worst in football. Could be a big day for Myles Garrett and Co.

Stat to know: Only the Jets score on a lesser percentage of their offensive drives than the Eagles (30.2%).

Matchup
Pittsburgh Steelers
9-0
Jacksonville Jaguars
1-8
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
CBS
PIT -10

Best mismatch for Steelers: Bad times for Jake Luton. Pittsburgh ranks first in pressure rate (35.0%) and QB knockdown percentage (11.7%) and sacks (36). Good luck.

Best mismatch for Jaguars: Make a special play. Jacksonville averages a league-high 16.0 yards per punt return, while Pittsburgh is 24th against (10.7 yards/return).

Stat to know: Jacksonville has allowed 1,347 yards after the catch, most in the NFL. Pittsburgh, at 739, has permitted the fewest.

Matchup
Tennessee Titans
6-3
Baltimore Ravens
6-3
Sunday, Nov. 22
1 p.m. ET
CBS
BAL -6

Best mismatch for Titans: Make the trip count. Tennessee’s offense is second in the red zone (76.5%) while Baltimore’s defense is dead last (76.2%) in allowing touchdowns.

Best mismatch for Ravens: Stay grounded. Tennessee checks in T-21st in YPC against (4.5) whole Baltimore is fifth offensively (5.0) in the category.

Stat to know: Tennessee has only committed four turnovers, the best of any team.

Matchup
Miami Dolphins
6-3
Denver Broncos
3-6
Sunday, Nov. 22
4:05 p.m. ET
CBS
MIA -3

Best mismatch for Dolphins: Give me that. Denver has committed a league-high 21 turnovers, while Miami’s defense is fourth with 15 takeaways.

Best mismatch for Broncos: Win in the red zone. Miami’s offense is average inside the 20, ranking 13th (63.9%) while Denver’s defense is second-best (50.0%) in the NFL.

Stat to know: Miami’s defense in sixth in points allowed per drive (1.81) while Denver’s offense is 30th (1.70).

Matchup
New York Jets
0-9
Los Angeles Chargers
2-7
Sunday, Nov. 22
4:05 p.m. ET
CBS
LAC -8

Best mismatch for Jets: Specials. Los Angeles has been awful on special teams this year, allowing two blocked punts including one last week. The Jets need to make a play in this area to win.

Best mismatch for Chargers: No chance to pass. New York is dead last in yards per pass attempt (5.8) while Los Angeles ranks T-4th defensively (6.8).

Stat to know: The Jets have missed 91 tackles, worst in the NFL.

Matchup
Dallas Cowboys
2-7
Minnesota Vikings
4-5
Sunday, Nov. 22
4:25 p.m. ET
FOX
MIN -9

Best mismatch for Cowboys: Take some time. Andy Dalton should have ample seconds to throw, with Minnesota ranking 21st in hurry rate (8.3%), 28th in QB knockdown rate (5.8%) and 25th ni pressure rate (18.6%).

Best mismatch for Vikings: Run the ball. Minnesota averages 5.2 yards per carry, second-best in football. Dallas’ defense is T-31st in YPA (5.0), a problem facing Dalvin Cook.

Stat to know: Minnesota boosts the best yards per completion (13.3) in the league.

Matchup
Green Bay Packers
7-2
Indianapolis Colts
6-3
Sunday, Nov. 22
4:25 p.m. ET
FOX
IND -2.5

Best mismatch for Packers: Let Aaron Rodgers work. Green Bay ranks second in touchdown passes (26), adjusted yards per pass attempt (9.4) and are T-3rd in yards per completion (12.1).

Best mismatch for Colts: Protect Philip Rivers. Indy has a league-best 2.7 percent sack rate against, while Green Bay ranks 27th in pressure rate (18.5%) and T-29th in quarterback knockdown percentage (5.3%).

Stat to know: Indianapolis surrenders the fewest yards per play (4.8) in football.

Matchup
Kansas City Chiefs
8-1
Las Vegas Raiders
6-3
Sunday, Nov. 22
8:20 p.m. ET
NBC
KC -6.5

Best mismatch for Chiefs: Consistent points. Kansas City ranks first in points (3.02) and yards (41.3) per drive. Las Vegas is 28th and 26th in those statistics, respectively.

Best mismatch for Raiders: Run to daylight. Kansas City is 28th against the run (4.8 YPC), giving Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker chances to break big plays and control the ball.

Stat to know: The Raiders rank first in third-down percentage (50.4%) while Kansas City is third (50.0%).

Matchup
Los Angeles Rams
6-3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7-3
Monday, Nov. 23
8:15 p.m. ET
ESPN
TB -3.5

Best mismatch for Rams: No passing. Los Angeles’ defense ranks first in yards per completion (9.9) and pass touchdown percentage (2.9%), third in sacks (31) and fourth in sack percentage (9.0%). Tough matchup for Tom Brady.

Best mismatch for Buccaneers: Bring the heat. Jared Goff has long struggled with pressure, and Tampa Bay checks in second in pressure rate (27.4%), fourth in QB knockdown percentage (12.7%) and second in blitz rate (42.3%).

Stat to know: The Rams allow the fewest yards per pass attempt (6.4) in the NFL.