Friday Forecast: Week 14

December, 9, 2011
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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 notMattLythgoe (who correctly matched my total points for the Browns-Steelers game) and Sabbie5 (who was closest to the total points for last Sunday's Bengals-Steelers game).

Here are our predictions for Sunday's AFC North games in Week 14:

Jamison Hensley

Bengals 16, Texans 13

Ravens 38, Colts 10

notMattLythgoe

Bengals 14, Texans 7

Ravens 35, Colts 0

Sabbie5

Bengals 24, Texans 16

Ravens 31, Colts 13

PREDICTION BREAKDOWN

Bengals 16, Texans 13: This matchup doesn't look great on paper when you see that a struggling Cincinnati run defense is coming off a season-worst effort and is facing one of the top running teams in the Texans. But unlike the previous games, the Bengals won't have to respect the other team's passing game. Cincinnati will stack the box to stop Arian Foster and pressure T.J. Yates, who will presumably be without wide receiver Andre Johnson (hamstring). It won't be easy. It won't be pretty. But like many Bengals' wins this year, it will come down to the fourth quarter and a clutch Mike Nugent field goal.

Ravens 38, Colts 10: The Ravens have built a reputation of playing down to their competition. Will this be another letdown moment? Not this time. The Ravens are getting so close to the postseason that they can taste the top seed, and the Colts seem more motivated in getting the top pick in the draft than a victory. Look for the Ravens defense to force more turnovers and Ray Rice to score more touchdowns (Indianapolis has allowed a league-worst 17 rushing touchdowns).

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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