This is Friday Forecast, where we'll see how my predictions hold up against our readers'. This week, I will go against zcryer (who matched my 44 total points this week) and Force-10 (who matched the total points for last week's game).
Here are our predictions for the AFC North games in Week 10:
Steelers 27, Bengals 17
Rams 17, Browns 13
Ravens 34, Seahawks 10
Bengals 24, Steelers 20
Browns 33, Rams 30
Ravens 35, Seahawks 13
Steelers 24, Bengals 13
Browns 20, Rams 12
Ravens 27, Seahawks 10
Steelers 27, Bengals 17: A lot of the focus has been on how Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton will handle the pressure of the Steelers' defense. But this game will come down to Ben Roethlisberger beating the Cincinnati pass defense. Maybe it would different if this game was earlier this year. At this point in the season, Roethlisberger has thrown for at least 320 yards in three straight games. The Bengals' defense is on a different streak the past two weeks, giving up 323 yards passing to Tarvaris Jackson and 272 yards to Matt Hasselbeck. It's tough to pick against this matchup.
Rams 17, Browns 13: It wasn't so long ago when Colt McCoy was winning more games than any other quarterback in college football history and Sam Bradford was hoisting up the Heisman Trophy. Both are now struggling in the NFL, which is why this game will come down to the running games. The Browns are so banged-up and desperate that Josh Cribbs might get time in the backfield. The Rams are riding Steven Jackson, who has back-to-back 100-yard games. Couple that with the fact that Cleveland has allowed six running backs to gain 100 yards in eight games this season. The Browns' track record says they'll get run over again.
Ravens 34, Seahawks 10: Trying to predict the Ravens is a losing proposition. Baltimore beats Pittsburgh twice along with Houston and the New York Jets, but the Ravens struggle against Jacksonville and Arizona. Their trend of playing down to the competition ends in Seattle, which has been outscored 64-15 by the AFC North this season. Joe Flacco is 10-4 against the NFC West, throwing 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The bigger concern is how the Ravens will play next Sunday against Cincinnati after making this cross-country trip.