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Friday, October 2, 2009
Walker's AFC North picks

By James Walker
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker


True story: My inability to pick a single Cincinnati Bengals game this year has made its way into the team's locker room. And now there are some Bengals players who want me to pick them to lose every week -- so they can win.

Sorry, Bengals. I can’t pick against you this week, not with the way you’re playing. But I have a feeling my losing streak ends with Cincinnati this week.

Here are my Week 4 selections:

Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-3), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Analysis: The Bengals have won back-to-back heart-pounding games against the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. But Cincinnati won’t need that type of performance this week. The Browns have too many issues.

Pick: Bengals, 24-14

Baltimore Ravens (3-0) at New England Patriots (2-1), Sunday at 1 p.m.

Analysis: I like Baltimore’s matchup on offense against New England’s defense. If Ray Lewis, Ed Reed and Co. can hold Tom Brady somewhat in check, the Ravens take it.

Pick: Ravens, 27-24

San Diego Chargers (2-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2), Sunday at 8:20 p.m.

Analysis: The Steelers are running out of gas in the fourth quarter. But a raucous crowd at Heinz Field won’t allow that to happen this time.

Pick: Steelers, 21-17

Last week’s record: 1-1

Overall record: 6-4

Comment: I’m in wild-card contention.