Week 13 saw the Pittsburgh Steelers as near-unanimous favorites to beat the New Orleans Saints at Heinz Field coming off of a bye. Turns out the experts were wrong in that game, just as they were in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets games.
If the 2014 Steelers have taught us anything, it's that you have no idea what to expect. Nonetheless, the experts have placed their picks for Week 14 and, more importantly, for the AFC North game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Steelers.
It's time to take a look at who the experts are taking in this divisional grudge match.
If the Steelers love to play the underdog role, they won't have to look far for sentiments to satisfy their need to fly under the radar. Of the 13 experts at ESPN.com, only four think the Steelers stand a chance to go into Paul Brown Stadium and emerge with a victory.
The same could be said about the experts at FoxSports.com. Only two of the six experts believe the Steelers can pull off the upset on the road and advance their record to 8-5 and stay in contention within a highly competitive division.
The folks at SB Nation see the game as a little more even than other sites. In fact, the website has an even split among it's experts in terms of who's likely to win this football game.
Only one site sees this as a slam-dunk for the Bengals, and that would be the Yahoo! Sports site who only have three picks entered on a weekly basis.
Most people tend to be leaning toward the Bengals for their pick in this game, but history tells us a couple of things. One, the Steelers and Bengals games typically are very close. In fact, the past four meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer. Second, you simply never know what you're going to see from either of these teams. Will Andy Dalton out-gun Ben Roethlisberger, or will they be competing for most interceptions thrown in a game?
However you view the outcome of this game, the experts mostly see it going to the home team, and a Bengals' victory would almost assure their second consecutive AFC North division title.