Another big AFC North showdown highlights Week 11

The bye weeks are nearly behind us. Just one more week to go, with the Steelers, Saints, Texans and Colts taking Week 11 off.

The bye week comes at a good time for the Steelers and Texans; Houston loses Matt Schaub and Ben Roethlisberger is running around with a fractured thumb. This league is never boring.

This is also a true put up or shut up time for some of the NFL's upstart franchises. The Bengals, who are trying to avoid a losing streak, have a daunting road game in Baltimore. The Bills are probably already cooked, but anything other than a win at Miami and it's lights out. The Lions cannot afford a slip up against the Panthers, with the Bears now hot. And the Eagles ... well, who are we kidding, it's over there, dare I say.

Overall, plenty of divisional games. Oh, and one other thing: I can guarantee you Curtis Painter and the Colts will continue their perfect losing record. They're on the bye as well. Remember, games here are rated as either a footlong, a six-inch, a pita or a finger sandwich.

Follow Jason La Canfora on Twitter @jasonlacanfora.

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