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Friday, October 22, 2010
Walker's AFC North picks

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Overtime ruined our picks once again last week. The Baltimore Ravens were close to cementing a perfect week until they allowed the New England Patriots to overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

So the quest for another perfect week continues. Here are the AFC North blog picks for Week 7 (all times are ET):

Cleveland Browns (1-5) at New Orleans Saints (4-2), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: This week the Browns talked so much about James Harrison that I question their focus on the reigning Super Bowl champs. Cleveland goes 1-6 into its bye week.

Pick: Saints, 28-13

Buffalo Bills (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: Tim Graham of the AFC East blog wonders if a UFL team can beat the Bills. That's enough confirmation for me.

Pick: Ravens, 30-7

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: The test gets tougher for Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But the Steelers make enough plays to leave Miami with a win.

Pick: Steelers, 21-14

Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Skinny: I expect Cincinnati's best effort because this is an important game. But I'm still not sure the Bengals fixed all their issues.

Pick: Falcons, 24-21

Last week: 1-1

Overall: 11-6

Comment: At least two games are in the bag this week.