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Friday, November 5, 2010
Take your pick recap: Steelers vs. Bengals

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Our latest "Take your pick" in the AFC North involved this week's "Monday Night Football" game between the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) and Cincinnati Bengals (2-5). The Steelers are playing much better football, but the Bengals swept Pittsburgh last season.

So who will win this game? Here are responses from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter:

Brandon Crawford from Sykesville, Md., writes: The Steelers have been in two close games in a row, and look for this trend to continue as the Benagls try to play the spoiler role. But in the end the Steelers will find a way to win, 21-17.

Bill Graham from Houston writes: I'm taking Cincinnati in a November landslide. Even though these guys have not been playing well, I can not help but feel they are due for a big one. Pittsburgh's offense seems to be out of sync and struggling more every game. The Cincinnati defense will make sure that trend continues.

Duane Smith from Boardman, Ohio, writes: The Steelers win this game for the same reason they lost last week: they are coming off a bad loss. Their D gave up too many big plays and will take it out on the worst team in the AFC North.

RyanBurton via Twitter writes: As a Ravens fan, this might seem like a stretch, but Bengals have the best game of the year since Pittsburgh can't stop the passing attack.

Thomas030 via Twitter writes: The Steelers win. My Browns are a better team than Cincy!

Blufftonpirate via Twitter writes: I will take the Bengals. It is now or never for them. This is a must win!

Tyson from Newark, Ohio, writes: This game is very interesting to me. I think the Steelers will have control, but the Bengals will not let it get out of hand. The Steelers are by far the better team. The D will be feisty. Steelers win, 24-13.

Ben Indino from Colorado Springs, Colo., writes: As a lifelong Bengals fan, I will have to say the Steelers will win by three touchdowns. The Bengals are just sorry this year, and I don't think the defense can hold up against the Steelers with Carson Palmer leading our offense to three-and-outs. Plus, it is primetime and the Bengals always embarrass us on national television.

Jason from Jacksonville, NC, writes: As much as I would absolutely LOVE to see the Bengals win this game, I don't think it's gonna happen. In fact, I'm still not sure how the Bengals beat the Ravens.

Steve from Loveland, Ohio, writes: Coming from a Steelers-hating Bengals fan, the Steelers are primed for a deep playoff run -- now and into the future. Bengals are sadly destined for franchise mediocrity--now and into the future. Steelers all the way, 30-10.

AFC North final say

James Walker: A majority of AFC North readers believe the Steelers will win this game. We will pick this contest and others in the division coming up next.