NFL Week 12, 2019: 5 Teams on upset alert

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during their NFL game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 17: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during their NFL game at RingCentral Coliseum on November 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /
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3. Pittsburgh Steelers

Speaking of the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers were considered one of the hottest teams in football leading up to last week before they suffered a key loss on the road to the Cleveland Browns.

Sitting at 5-5, the Steelers hope to make a final push for one of the playoff spots in the AFC, which will most likely have to be a Wild Card spot since the division seems to belong to the Baltimore Ravens.

To say this season has been filled with all sorts of adjustments would be a huge understatement for Pittsburgh since the team lost Ben Roethlisberger early on to a season-ending elbow injury.

Mason Rudolph has certainly looked good at times, but his performance against the Browns was another reminder that he’s nowhere near the same level as Big Ben, which every football fan already knew.

Facing the Cincinnati Bengals would make it seem like Pittsburgh should be in for an easy win, but also desperation brings out the best in teams sometimes.

With the Bengals looking to avoid the wrong side of NFL history, the extra motivation could be there for Zac Taylor’s squad to play their best football against the Steelers on Sunday and hurt Pittsburgh’s playoff chances.