There are very few sure things in the NFL. However, the three games listed below are sure to yield only one result.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-1) at Cleveland Browns
The Browns are 2-8, and they are going up against a Steelers team they lost 19 of 23 to since coming back into the league. Seems like a lock for Pittsburgh, right?
But Browns fans will tell you that despite how hopeless things may seem, the team has played tough in almost every game. They aren't a good football team, but their luck is going to turn around sooner or later.
Perhaps the biggest thing going for Cleveland is that 37-year-old Charlie Batch is getting the start for the Steelers. As bad as Byron Leftwich was against the Ravens Sunday night, Mike Tomlin thought he was a better option than Batch, so that tells you where Pittsburgh is with its passing game.
Tennessee Titans (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars
The injury to quarterback Blaine Gabbert is a blessing in disguise for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Chad Henne was finally given the reins, and he didn't disappoint, throwing for 354 yards and four touchdowns last week against the Texans.
It's unrealistic to expect him to duplicate that performance, but he is a steady, dependable NFL quarterback.
The Titans won big last week against the Dolphins, 37-3. Ryan Tannehill was intercepted three times, one of which was taken back for a touchdown.
Henne had trouble with interceptions earlier in his career, but Tennessee is giving up 260 yards per game through the air, and it is only average at forcing interceptions. If Henne can avoid the turnover, Jacksonville is picking up its second win.
Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-8)
The Bengals are a team on the rise. Their pass rush harassed Eli Manning all game and forced him into mistakes two weeks ago. They followed that 31-13 win up with a comfortable 28-6 win over the Chiefs.
The Raiders, on the other hand, are coming into Cincinnati having lost their last three games.
Cincinnati is an even 5-5 on the season, so every game carries with it heavy playoff implications. The Bengals aren't going to be taking any opponents lightly the rest of the way.
Wide receiver A.J. Green admitted on Twitter that the team "lost to freakin' Cleveland" because they were looking ahead to the game with Pittsburgh.
Green is going to be on the end of at least one Andy Dalton touchdown pass as the Bengals pass rush demolishes Carson Palmer in his return to Cincinnati.
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