NFL Week 12 picks: AFC North has the action heading down the stretch

Matt Sullivan

Lots of big playoff-impacting games in the AFC this week, including the Steelers' biggest road test of the year at Cleveland. It's tough to call, and the game will probably be decided late. For now, we're taking.........

Rarely is a division so mediocre, three of its teams are under .500 heading into Week 12, yet, all three of them are still in the playoff race. That's what will happen when the Browns host the Steelers Sunday.

Cleveland, losers of four of their last five games, hope Jason Campbell can reclaim whatever magic he had when he reeled off a win over Baltimore in Week 9, while the Steelers look to thrive off newfound huddle-less life on offense.

It's really tough betting on the Steelers when they're on the road. They have to be good enough to win the game if they're a smart pick.

We're going with the Steelers (+1) over Cleveland.

Thursday, what is usually a good match-up, isn't, because of the Hindenburg-like season currently being suffered by the Falcons. Saints (-9) will take this one.

Bucs (+9) over LIONS

TEXANS (-10) over Jaguars

PACKERS (-5) over Vikings

CHIEFS (-5) over Chargers

Panthers (-4.5) over DOLPHINS

Bears (+1) over RAMS

RAVENS (-4) over Jets

RAIDERS (+1) over Titans

Colts (+1) over CARDINALS

Cowboys (+3) over Giants

Broncos (off) over PATRIOTS

REDSKINS (+6) over 49ers

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