In American football, the playoff picture is starting to materialize as the NFL heads into Week 11 of the season. With only seven weeks of regular season games remaining, the contenders are beginning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
The NBA basketball season has begun with some surprises including a slow start from Lebron James and the Cavs. We’ll preview a couple of marque NBA matches this week and also pay tribute to the amazing play of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sunday, Houston Texans (4-5) @ Cleveland Browns (6-3): The Cleveland Browns proved to everyone last week that they are for real by going on the road and dismantling the then 1st place Bengals 24-3. Cleveland now is sitting on top of the AFC North, this year’s best division in football. With every team in their division having a winning record, every week almost needs to be looked at as a must win. Their opponent, Houston, needs a win badly to stay in the AFC playoff picture. Led by J.J. Watt, the Texans defense will need to play at their best in order to contain the Browns who will also be getting back last year’s top wide receiver as Josh Gordon is finally coming back to the Browns after serving a 10-game suspension.
Sunday, New England Patriots (7-2) @ Indianapolis Colts (6-3): If you are a fan of high-scoring games, this will be the one you want to watch this weekend. Two of the three top offenses will meet up this week in a game that is sure to light up the scoreboard. One factor that might limit the score is the fact that both teams were on their byes this past week so they will have 14 days to prepare for each other. Regardless on whether or not it is a shootout, it should be a terrific game nonetheless.
Thursday, Sacramento Kings (5-2) @ Memphis Grizzlies (6-1): The Kings are perhaps the NBA biggest early season surprise. While most expected them to improve, Sacramento is sitting at 5-2 in a very tough Western conference. Led by Rudy Gay and Demarcus Cousins, the Kings take their show down South to Memphis to test their mettle at the 6-1 Grizzlies.
Saturday, Brooklyn Nets (4-2) @ Portland Trail Blazers (4-3): In an inter-conference battle, Brooklyn flies cross-country to visit the Portland Trail Blazers. This matchup, beyond the game itself, is always noted as a meeting between the Lopez brothers. Brook Lopez plays center for Brooklyn while his brother Robin plays the same position in Portland. It’s always fun watching those two brothers compete as if they were still in grade school.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are on an absolute tear right now after winning their last seven games. They have real shot at creating some distance in the coming weeks with plenty of divisional games on the schedule. This week, they face the following and look to improve upon that winning streak.
Tuesday, @ New York Rangers
Friday, vs. Maple Leaves
Saturday, @ New York Rangers