NFL Picks Week 10: Picking Each AFC North Team's Week 10 Matchup

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IINovember 9, 2012

NFL Picks Week 10: Picking Each AFC North Team's Week 10 Matchup

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    Week 10 is upon us and once again the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers sit atop the AFC North division.

    With just one game separating the Ravens and Steelers, each of their Week 10 matchups will be crucial.

    Meanwhile, Cincinnati will be looking to snap a four game losing streak at home, but will be in tough against the New York Giants.

    So what will Week 10 bring for the AFC North?

    Who will come out victorious and who will fall?

Oakland Raiders vs. Baltimore Ravens

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    The Baltimore Ravens, who lead the division with a record of 6-2, will be home this week at M&T Bank Stadium to take on the 3-5 Oakland Raiders.

    This game is one that the Ravens absolutely must, and will, win.

    Even with all their injuries, the Ravens are still a much better team than the rebuilding Raiders, who have only beaten one quality opponent this year.

    The fact that the Ravens are at home should be a comforting sign for Ravens fans in itself. Baltimore hasn't lost at home since the 2010-11 season, and quarterback Joe Flacco is much better when playing in front of the team's home fans.

    With a grueling schedule ahead of them, you can be sure that the Ravens will be taking this game seriously.

    Ravens win and cover the spread of 7.5 points on Sunday.

New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals

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    While all signs may point towards the New York Giants heading into Cincinnati and leaving with a win, this game may end up being closer than many think.

    I wouldn't expect Cincinnati to just roll over this week in front of its home crowd.

    It has already lost four consecutive contests, including an embarrassing 10-point loss to the lowly Cleveland Browns, where it gave up 34 points.

    On the other hand, the Giants are coming off a home loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in a game where they held a two possession lead in the second half.

    I wouldn't bet against the Giants heading into Week 10, but it won't be an easy matchup by any stretch of the imagination.

    If Andy Dalton can get his game on track and a second receiver can step up for Cincinnati, they upset the Giants.

    Unfortunately, that doesn't happen.

    Giants win, and the Bengals slide continues.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    This is the easiest prediction of the AFC North Week 10 matchups.

    Kansas City is a mess.

    Its coaching has been torn apart among NFL experts, its best wide receiver wants out, its quarterback can't stop turning the ball over, and the only weapon it has on offense is running back Jamaal Charles.

    Sadly for KC, it heads into Pittsburgh to square off with the Steelers in the Monday night showcase to face the seventh-ranked run defense.

    The Steelers allow less than 90 rushing yards per game.

    Essentially, you've got a crumbling offense, led by Matt Cassel, who is a turnover machine, heading to Pittsburgh to play a team that has won three straight and now faces the AFC's worst team on their home field.

    Pittsburgh wins this one big.