As we embark upon Week 11 of the NFL season, more and more teams are finding themselves on the outside looking into the playoff picture. Other teams are giving up on their seasons and allowing the young players to get some reps. This isn't the case for the two teams playing Thursday night, though. Here's a preview for the Thursday and early Sunday games of Week 11.

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, Thursday 8:25 ET

Both of these NFC South rivals are coming off of demoralizing losses in Week 10, leaving them way out of the playoff picture. A loss for either team at this point of the season, especially the Panthers, could be a playoff ender.

The Panthers are home and hold the advantage in what should be a shootout between two struggling defenses. Panthers 34, Saints 29

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday 1:00 ET

These teams are both trending in the wrong direction after having so much hope during the NFL season, either at the start (Cincy) or after a winning streak during the year (Buffalo). Cincinnati has too many offensive weapons to keep failing, though an aging defense is going to allow Buffalo to stay in the game this week. Bengals 27, Bills 20

Chicago Bears at New York Giants, Sunday 1:00 ET

The Giants are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, having a renaissance on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, Chicago just lost their top offensive weapon in Alshon Jeffery to a PED suspension, guaranteeing Jay Cutler is going to try to force some throws to well-defended options this week.

Giants 28, Bears 13

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns, Sunday 1:00 ET

After a demoralizing loss to the Cowboys, the Steelers have a much-needed reprieve this week against the Browns, who are running out of hope to secure a single win this season. Steelers 34, Browns 6

Baltimore Ravens at Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 1:00 ET

This was a big week in Cowboys camp, as the saga between Tony Romo and Dak Prescott seemingly came to an end as Romo gave a gracious speech demanding Prescott hold on to the starting quarterback job.

They have the best offensive line and running back in Football, and should play with a renewed sense of security against the Ravens. Cowboys 23, Ravens 13

Jacksonville Jaguars at Detroit Lions, Sunday 1:00 ET

This is one of the least interesting games of the week. The Lions have a negative point differential and a winning record, while the Jags have a negative everything.

This game could be Gus Bradley's last as head coach of Jacksonville. Lions 27, Jaguars 10

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 ET

Tennessee's offense is riding high into this week after crushing the soul of the Green Bay Packers in methodical fashion. This game is still in Indy, though, and Andrew Luck still has the Titans' number, even if that grip is loosening every week. Colts 20, Titans 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 ET

Kansas City had one of the better comebacks of the NFL season last week, refusing to bow down to the Panthers' three-score lead and coming back for the energizing victory. They should have no problem against the Bucs this weekend as they play out the final stretch of their season.

Chiefs 30, Buccaneers 10

Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1:00 ET

Minnesota's offensive line has crumbled, and with it, their playoff hopes are disappearing as well. They switched kickers this week, but that seems like a stopgap solution more than anything. This should still be an entertaining affair between two of the better defenses in the NFL. Cardinals 13, Vikings 7

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