Walker's AFC North picks

January, 1, 2010
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After posting a 6-1 mark the past two weeks and picking two exact scores, the AFC North blog aims to stay hot for the home stretch.

Here are the picks for Week 17:

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7) at Miami Dolphins (7-8), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Analysis: Miami is having problems with slow starts. That should be enough for Pittsburgh to take advantage.

Pick: Steelers, 24-17

Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) at Cleveland Browns (4-11), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Analysis: The Browns are the hottest team in the AFC North. But Jacksonville is a more complete team.

Pick: Jaguars, 20-17

Baltimore Ravens (8-7) at Oakland Raiders (5-10), Sunday at 4:15 p.m.

Analysis: The playoffs start a week early for Baltimore. I don't see coach John Harbaugh and linebacker Ray Lewis allowing the Ravens to look past this one.

Pick: Ravens, 23-10

Cincinnati Bengals (10-5) at New York Jets (8-7), Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

Analysis: The real prediction here is the New England Patriots beating the Houston Texans. At that point, the Jets get another holiday gift, courtesy of Cincinnati's backups.

Pick: Jets, 21-10

Last week: 2-1

Overall record: 33-15

Comment: It's been a great first season picking games. Should I stop here or continue in the postseason?

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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