Steelers and Ravens may get caught looking ahead
As past history would indicate, nothing like a spirited AFC North slugfest between Baltimore and Pittsburgh.
But hold on a minute. The bitter division rivals don’t meet until week 11. Followed by a quick turnaround rematch two weeks later Dec. 2.
Thus, both the Steelers and Ravens must first take care of week 10 business vs. a pair of seemingly inferior AFC West opponents.
Baltimore has a home field Sunday encounter against 3-5 Oakland while Pittsburgh hosts a 1-7 Kansas City combine in a potential nationally televised Monday night snoozefest.
There’s virtually nothing to suggest either home team is vulnerable this weekend though, as always, stranger things have happened.
Good news from the lakefront where Cleveland’s Browns experience an open date coming off a 25-15 loss to Baltimore – an outcome which conceivably could have gone the other way.
As for the third place Bengals, Marvin Lewis is on the clock, continuing on a tenuous course, particularly with the rebounding Giants visiting Paul Brown Stadium Sunday afternoon.
INDIANAPOLIS AT JACKSONVILLE. Colts’ QB Andrew Luck continues to impress as rookie of the year frontrunner. The 1-7 Jags may already be playing out the string. COLTS, 30-20.
BUFFALO AT NEW ENGLAND. On paper, Brady Bunch need only arrive on time to pocket repeat victory. PATRIOTS, 34-14.
OAKLAND AT BALTIMORE. Ravens’ top priority is emerging unscathed and healthy in what should be a potential beatdown. RAVENS, 33-17.
NEW YORK GIANTS AT CINCINNATI. Don’t expect G-men to stage repeat performance following home field loss against Steelers. GIANTS, 27-17.
DENVER AT CAROLINA. At just 2-6, Panthers will be fired-up for Peyton Manning and company. So much so, we’re tabbing this our Upset Special. PANTHERS, 37-30.
SAN DIEGO AT TAMPA BAY. A competitive matchup of 4-4 units. The outcome is critical for each team’s postseason chances. CHARGERS, 27-24.
TENNESSEE AT MIAMI. Fish consider themselves viable AFC East contenders. Thus, this is of the must win variety. DOLPHINS, 23-17.
ATLANTA AT NEW ORLEANS. Unbeaten birds must overcome what figures a raucous SuperDome gathering. Still, a 9-0 ledger appears probable. FALCONS, 31-27.
DETROIT AT MINNESOTA. Loser discovers itself behind 8-ball in terms of postseason consideration. LIONS, 27-21.
NEW YORK JETS AT SEATTLE. Under-the-radar Hawks can go to 6-4, remaining in AFC West picture with home field win. SEAHAWKS, 20-13.
DALLAS AT PHILADELPHIA. Loser here basically says sayonara to playoff chances. Not that the winner is much better off. COWBOYS, 24-20.
ST. LOUIS AT SAN FRANCISCO. Niners seeking seventh win to enhance postseason seeding options. 49ERS, 28-14.
HOUSTON AT CHICAGO. Both division leaders enter 7-1 and looking to maintain midseason momentum. Bears’ defense expected to be difference. However, TEXANS, 30-20.
KANSAS CITY AT PITTSBURGH. Steelers’ two-TD favorites. So, don’t expect Black & Gold to cover. STEELERS, 17-6.
LAST WEEK: 10-4. SEASON: 78-50. UPSET SPECIALS: 3-6.