Spread Eagle: Week 12 NFL Picks (1-0)

Matt's Pats BlogAnalyst INovember 20, 2008

THURSDAY, 8:15

Steelers (-11) over Bengals [WIN]

The Bengals could have shocked the world by defeating the Eagles in Week 11, but instead they couldn't close out any of the several opportunities they had, so they were forced to settle for "raising a few eyebrows" after tying them.  One thing about playing Philly is, whether you win, lose or tie, you're going to get bruised up. 

I can't imagine that these Bengals, a mere 4 days after playing four quarters plus a full overtime period against a physical team like that, are going to heal themselves before going into another smash mouth-type of game.  The Steelers sport the league's top defense right now, and they have very few holes.  With a well-rested Cincinnati team, maybe this one would be closer than 11 points, but not given the current circumstances…

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