Troy Polamalu ruined a winning weekend of predictions for the AFC North blog. Despite the Baltimore Ravens leading most of the game, Polamalu’s sack and forced fumble of quarterback Joe Flacco helped put the Pittsburgh Steelers ahead for good and dropped our weekly picks to 1-2.
But we're going to bounce back strong. Here are the picks for Week 14 in the division (all times are ET):
Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3), Sunday at 1 p.m.
Skinny: The Steelers are banged up but have too much to play for to drop a home game to the struggling Bengals. Cincinnati's losing streak reaches an astounding 10 games.
Pick: Steelers, 28-14
Skinny: The Browns are the better team. But I have a feeling the Bills will provide a huge scare at home.
Pick: Browns, 17-16
Baltimore Ravens (8-4) at Houston Texans (5-7), Monday at 8:30 p.m.
Skinny: Houston can score points and had 11 days to prepare for this game. This will not be a cakewalk for Baltimore, which is coming off a physical game against Pittsburgh.
Pick: Ravens, 23-20
Last week: 1-2
Comment: Ravens and Browns should be on upset alert.