PHILADELPHIA -- Good afternoon from the City of Brotherly Love, or the Land of Cheesesteaks. I get confused which one is the official nickname for this place.
I will look to redeem myself after taking a shot to the chin in Week 14, when I missed on three of my four picks. I will reveal my picks for the rest of the AFC North in the Friday Forecast, but here's my prediction for the Thursday night game ...
Cincinnati Bengals 31, Philadelphia Eagles 20: This comes down to which team needs this win the most. After losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the final seconds, the Bengals know they can't afford to let another one slip away from them if they want to get that final playoff spot in the AFC. The Eagles are in shambles defensively. Philadelphia has given up 30 pass plays of 20 yards or more since Week 5. This screams out that A.J. Green will have a big game. After his worst game in the NFL, Green will be determined to redeem himself. Unlike last Sunday, this game against an NFC East team won't be close.
Week 14 record: 1-3. Season record: 25-15 (.625).
Chargers 34, Steelers 24 (my prediction: Steelers 30, Chargers 13)
Redskins 31, Ravens 28, OT (my prediction: Ravens 20, Redskins 16)
Browns 30, Chiefs 7 (my prediction: Browns 21, Chiefs 17)
Cowboys 20, Bengals 19 (my prediction: Bengals 34, Cowboys 28)