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Badgers in the NFL: Week 11 matchups see Chris Maragos, Beau Allen return to Wisconsin

The Philadelphia Eagles (and their two Badger alums) head to Green Bay in a pivotal NFC match-up, while Joe Thomas and the Cleveland Browns face against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

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Less than 24 hours since Melvin Gordon's awe-inspiring performance, we transition over to the pro game. Though it's hard for me to even truly comprehend what I saw from the press box Saturday afternoon, one thing's for certain: Gordon will be a great running back in the NFL.

Looking to Week 11 of the NFL season, the schedule features a couple of key NFC matchups that involve former Wisconsin Badgers, along with a fun AFC game featuring two All-Pros facing off on different sides of the ball.

Here's your Badgers-centric NFL schedule for this week:

Former Badgers NFL Team Week 11 Opponent Time
Jim Leonhard Cleveland Browns Houston Texans 1 PM ET
Joe Thomas Cleveland Browns Houston Texans 1 PM ET
J.J. Watt Houston Texans Cleveland Browns 1 PM ET
Garrett Graham Houston Texans Cleveland Browns 1 PM ET
Beau Allen Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM ET
Chris Maragos Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers 4:25 PM ET
Scott Tolzien Green Bay Packers Philadelphia Eagles 4:25 PM ET
Gabe Carimi Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers 1 PM ET
Dezmen Southward Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers 1 PM ET
Brad Nortman Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons 1 PM ET
Kevin Zeitler Cincinnati Bengals New Orleans Saints 1 PM ET
Nick Toon New Orleans Saints Cincinnati Bengals 1 PM ET
Lance Kendricks St. Louis Rams Denver Broncos 1 PM ET
Montee Ball Denver Broncos St. Louis Rams 1 PM ET
Chris Borland San Francisco 49ers New York Giants 1 PM ET
Matt Shaughnessy Arizona Cardinals Detroit Lions (OUT - IR-R) 4:25 PM ET
DeAndre Levy Detroit Lions Arizona Cardinals 4:25 PM ET
O'Brien Schofield Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs 1 PM ET
Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Kansas City Chiefs 1 PM ET
Ryan Groy Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings 1 PM ET
Jonathan Casillas New England Patriots Indianapolis Colts 8:30 PM ET (SUN)
James White New England Patriots Indianapolis Colts 8:30 PM ET (SUN)
Kraig Urbik Buffalo Bills Miami Dolphins L 22-9 (THURS)
Travis Frederick Dallas Cowboys BYE N/A
Nick Hayden Dallas Cowboys BYE N/A
Owen Daniels Baltimore Ravens BYE N/A
Rick Wagner Baltimore Ravens BYE N/A

Games to watch

Chris Maragos and Beau Allen return to Wisconsin, this time as members of the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles against the 6-3 Green Bay Packers. Can the 7-2 Eagles extend their lead over Travis Frederick's Dallas Cowboys, who sit at home this week with a bye at a 7-3 record, or will Aaron Rodgers dismantle another defense this week?

DeAndre Levy has emerged as one of the NFL's better linebackers in the last two seasons and is a big reason why the Lions are not only the best defense in the NFL but lead the NFC North. They travel to Arizona to face the NFC West-leading Arizona Cardinals, though the home team will be without the services of starting quarterback Carson Palmer.

J.J. Watt vs. Joe Thomas? Where's the popcorn? It should be a fun match-up to watch as the 6-3 (and AFC North-leading) Browns take on the Houston Texans.

Montee Ball is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Lance Kendricks' St. Louis Rams. Will he see time in the backfield today?

Badger love to Melvin Gordon

Lastly, here's some love from former Wisconsin players -- now playing in the NFL -- to Gordon after his FBS-record setting performance: