Week 11 of the NFL season is in the books. There are NFL teams either making strides into the postseason or slipping out of contention. The Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots are still undefeated at 10-0. Both teams looks to lock in the number one spot in their conferences. But five other teams in the conferences are also fighting for wild card sports. Here are three facts learned from week 11 of the NFL season.
1. Panthers and Patriots Still Undefeated
Both of these teams are in position to lock in the number one spot in their conferences. Tom Brady and Cam Newton are also competing for the MVP this season. Brady is playing at the highest level in his career and so is Newton. They both have different styles on executing in offense, but make others around them better.
Panthers defense is one of the best in the league with incredible athletic plays from the defenders. They also put constant pressure on the quarterback giving Newton opportunities to score off turnovers. The Patriots are the Patriots with the same system placed for the last 10 years. Brady and Bill Belichick are the winningest duos in NFL history. Regardless of injuries and new players into their system, they find a way. Both the Panthers and Patriots may go undefeated and possibly meet each other in the Super Bowl.
2. The AFC Wild Card Spots Are Wide Open
After the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills loss in week 11, the AFC wild card spots are wide open. It’s going to be down to the wire with four 5-5 teams and three 4-6 teams competing for the last two spots. The Jets had opportunities to secure it with at least one win, but they are becoming a shell of themselves.
The Bills, despite the loss against the Patriots can still compete for the spot if they win four out of the last six games. The same can be said for the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and even Jacksonville Jaguars. The hottest team making noise in the season is the Kansas City Chiefs, who lost their star running back Jamal Charles to a torn ACL. Anything can happen in the coming weeks which can result in nervous situations for fans wanting their team in the postseason.
3. Arizona Cardinals= Most Complete Team
The Cardinals are the most complete team in the league. They are winning games against some of the top teams with quarterback Carson Palmer leading the way. Palmer, coming out of an ACL injury last season is healthy. He’s throwing 25 touchdowns for 3,066 yards. Palmer is currently third in the MVP standings behind Newton and Brady. Offensively the Cardinals are deep in every position. Wide Receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd playing at pro bowl caliber levels. Running back Chris Johnson is have a vintage season with his explosive plays on the field. They have solid play in the tight end position as well.
Defensively they are just as good as they were before. Cornerback Patrick Peterson having a good season against some of the top wide receivers. They constantly get sacks on quarterbacks with a solid front seven. They are ranked in the top 10 for defense, which can help the offense during the last part of the season. They are the most complete team in the league and might end up against the Panthers in the NFC Championship. If Palmer continues to be healthy on the field, the Cardinals can see themselves go on a deep run competing for the Super Bowl.