After a very intense Week 11, Week 12 may prove to be a little bit easier for most of the AFC North. The Ravens took hold of the division last week and each game becomes more important as we get closer to the playoffs. I’ll break down what each team needs to do to come out with a win below.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens head to San Diego to take on the Chargers this week. They’ve won their last 3 games and 7 of their last 8 and hope to continue their streak of winning close games as the take on the skidding Chargers. San Diego has lost 5 of their last 6 and are just not playing good football right now. The key to victory for the Ravens will be to just take care of the football. As long as they don’t make any big mistakes and set up Phillip Rivers with short fields, the Ravens will be just fine.
Pittsburgh Steelers: After the crushing loss to the Ravens last week the Steelers look to bounce back against the Browns this week. Even with Ben Roethlisberger missing his second straight game, which he will, the Steelers will be more than capable of winning this game. Their key to victory is ground and pound. Feed their 3 running backs and they will be too much for the Browns to stop. Don’t let Byron Leftwich throw the ball all over the field. Do these things and they’ll undoubtedly win this game.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals have won 3 straight games and have a great chance to win their 4th as the Oakland Raiders come to town. Their key to victory this week is going to be Andy Dalton. The Raiders haven’t been able to stop anyone from throwing the ball this year and I don’t foresee that being any different this week. If Dalton and his receivers can have a big game then the Bengals will win 4 in a row.
Cleveland Browns: The 2-8 Browns look to end their most recent skid of their poor season this week as the Steelers come to town. The good news is that Ben Roethlisberger will not be playing; the bad news is the Steelers’ #1 defense will be playing. Their key to victory is going to be turnovers. They are going to have to force a lot of them if they want to win this game. I don’t see Brandon Weeden and the Brown’s offense being able to move the ball, so they are going to need some short fields if they want to score.