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A Panthers victory? Never more

If you've ever been to Sullivan's Island, S.C., a little beach community just outside Charleston, you've probably come across Poe's Tavern.

It's close to perfect if you like cheeseburgers, fish tacos, open-air ambiance, a chalkboard full of beers on tap and plenty of games on televisions.

The place, classically casual in a flip-flops and T-shirts way, is named for Edgar Allan Poe, who was stationed at nearby Fort Moultrie in 1827.

Poe is famous for, among other things, writing "The Raven," which explains why his hometown NFL team has the nickname it does.

He was the king of scary stories more than a century before Stephen King came along and the walls of the tavern bearing his name are filled with suitably spooky artwork, not to mention souvenir T-shirts for sale.

It's fair to assume at least some of the televisions in Poe's Tavern will be tuned to the Ravens' visit to Charlotte on Sunday afternoon and there may be some PSL owners who choose to watch from there, feeling a salt-air breeze.

The Panthers, you may have noticed, are having a season that would make old Edgar Allan shiver. If it gets any worse, they may hang a Panthers' jersey in Poe's Tavern alongside the posters of horror movies and strange drawings of Poe himself.

While stationed at Fort Moultrie, Poe wrote a story about a beetle that could find buried treasure. Maybe that's what the Panthers need.

As for Week 11:

BALTIMORE at CAROLINA: Not even Denzel Washington can save the Panthers' season now. Ravens 27, Panthers 17.

BUFFALO at CINCINNATI: An NFL rarity - a Bills' winning streak develops. Bills 26, Bengals 23.

ARIZONA at KANSAS CITY: After consecutive ugly losses to Oakland and Denver, the Chiefs have bigger problems than their coach, Todd Haley, not shaking hands with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels last Sunday. Haley also pointed at McDaniels and we all know it's not nice to point. Chiefs 29, Cardinals 23.

CLEVELAND at JACKSONVILLE: Are the Jags playoff bound? Jaguars 21, Browns 16.

HOUSTON at NEW YORK JETS: The Texans' only hope is that Rex Ryan's team is distracted by the excitement over Prince William's engagement announcement. Jets 35, Texans 24.

WASHINGTON at TENNESSEE: The Redskins have turned into the East Coast version of the Raiders, only funnier. Titans 28, Redskins 17.

GREEN BAY at MINNESOTA: Arizona's Derek Anderson and Carolina's Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen share what dubious distinction?

They're the only quarterbacks with lower QB ratings than Brett Favre this season. The only guy Favre is having a better season than is his coach, Chilly. Packers 30, Vikings 20.

DETROIT at DALLAS: What's the difference in Manny Pacquiao and the Dallas Cowboys? Pacquiao has a win in Cowboys Stadium this year. Jason Garrett's guys 28, Lions 21.

OAKLAND at PITTSBURGH: After the way the Steelers were thumped by the Patriots last weekend, the Raiders picked a bad weekend to visit to the capital of ketchup. Steelers 34, Raiders 17.

ATLANTA at ST. LOUIS: A routine business trip for Matt Ryan and mates. Falcons 28, Rams 14.

SEATTLE at NEW ORLEANS: One of these teams is leading its division and it's not the Saints. How weird is that? Saints 32, Seahawks 24.

TAMPA BAY at SAN FRANCISCO: Bucs boss Raheem Morris should get some votes for coach of the year. Bucs 24, 49ers 21.

INDIANAPOLIS at NEW ENGLAND: The annual game of the decade has been downgraded to the best late game Sunday afternoon. Patriots 34, Colts 24.

NEW YORK GIANTS at PHILADELPHIA: If Tom Brady isn't the MVP, Michael Vick is. He's more fun to watch than "Modern Family." Eagles 27, Giants 24.

DENVER at SAN DIEGO: Also known as "The Phillip Rivers Show." Chargers 41, Broncos 21.

Last week: 7-6

Season: 74-54

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