Friday Forecast: Week 13

December, 2, 2011
12/02/11
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This is Friday Forecast, where we'll see how my predictions hold up against our readers. This week, I will go against Citizen Zero (who matched my 48 total points this week) and khampton4 (who matched the total points for last week's game).

Here are our predictions for the AFC North games in Week 13:

Jamison Hensley

Steelers 31, Bengals 17

Ravens 23, Browns 13

Citizen Zero

Steelers 28, Bengals 20

Browns 7, Ravens 6

khampton4

Bengals 27, Steelers 21

Ravens 17, Browns 6

PREDICTION BREAKDOWN

Steelers 31, Bengals 17: The Steelers are coming off a lackluster win at Kansas City, which is bad news for the Bengals. After two other bad performances this season (losing to the Ravens in the season opener and losing at Houston in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated), Pittsburgh bounced back in a big way, shutting out the Seahawks and roughing up the Titans. What could be worse news for Cincinnati is the fact that cornerback Nate Clements showed up on the injury report Thursday with a hamstring injury. The Bengals have already lost their top cornerback in Leon Hall. The Steelers' wide receivers can exploit a secondary not at full strength.

Ravens 23, Browns 13: It was last December in Cleveland where the Ravens ran for 161 yards on 31 carries. Expect a similar type of game from Baltimore, which will control the tempo and the clock against the NFL's fourth-worst run defense. The Ravens will then use play-action and test the Browns safeties (starter T.J. Ward is out and the other starter, Mike Adams, has a shoulder injury) deep downfield. In beating Cleveland six straight times, Baltimore has won by double digits five times.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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