Steelers to rebound; Bengals seek fourth

The Steelers managed to cough up what should have been their second win two weeks ago at Oakland.

Thus, a 1-2 record places some degree of urgency on Sunday’s game when the 3-1 Eagles wing into Heinz Field.

Philly found a way to knock off the Super Bowl champion Giants behind an efficient performance from Michael Vick last weekend. Which should be of concern to Mike Tomlin’s Black & Gold.

The potential return of three integral starters would indicate advantage Pittsburgh, though we project a more competitive outcome than many.

AFC North frontrunners Baltimore and Cincinnati, meanwhile, figure to march on vs. inferior opposition. As for the Browns, the schedulemaker has them serving as whipping boys for Eli Manning and company.

Last week, this column produced an adequate 10-5 mark though we just missed our upset special which tabbed Carolina to knock off Atlanta. No guarantee better days are ahead.


ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS. All hail the unbeaten Redbirds who stay that way on the NFL Network. CARDINALS, 24-20.


CLEVELAND AT NEW YORK GIANTS. Winless Browns will eventually regroup and win a handfull of games. This doesn’t figure to be one of them. GIANTS, 33-21.

ATLANTA AT WASHINGTON. Intriguing matchup of Matt Ryan and RG3 with the veteran prevailing. FALCONS, 30-20.

PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH. Black & Gold want no part of 1-3 start but it won’t be easy. STEELERS, 27-20.

MIAMI AT CINCINNATI. Difficult to imagine Bungles overlooking 1-3 Fish, particularly at Paul Brown Stadium. BENGALS, 31-17.

GREEN BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS. Look for Andrew Luck and Colts to pull out all the stops and make Pack earn this one. PACKERS, 28-21.

BALTIMORE AT KANSAS CITY. 3-1 Dirty Birds won’t be stoked for this road test but should do enough to prevail. RAVENS, 21-17.

SEATTLE AT CAROLI NA. Cam Newton and company still smarting over blown opportunity last week. They could be vulnerable here. PANTHERS, 24-17.

CHICAGO AT JACKSONVILLE. Monsters of Midway had look of well-oiled machine Monday in Big ‘D.’ Another defensive gem tabbed here. BEARS, 26-17.

DENVER AT NEW ENGLAND. This one’s for all the ratings in what should be entertaining Brady-Manning matchup. PATRIOTS, 27-17.

TENNESSEE AT MINNESOTA. Vikes off to surprising 3-1 start and will be looking to avoid letdown vs. 1-3 road opponent. VIKINGS, 20-17.

BUFFALO AT SAN FRANCISCO. Niners appear early Super Bowl contender and should claim fourth nod. 49ERS, 28-20.


SAN DIEGO AT NEW ORLEANS. Winless Saints have consolation of residing in a great party town. They break out in prime time Upset Special.. SAINTS, 38-24.


HOUSTON AT NEW YORK JETS. Some experts calling Texans class of AFC. They should dominate grounded Jets. Texans, 30-16.

OPEN DATES: Dallas, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Oakland.


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