2021 NFL picks, score predictions for Week 12

NFL Picks, Week 12 - Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
NFL Picks, Week 12 - Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images /
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Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)

Sunday, November 28, 1PM ET

This could end up being one of the most exciting games of the week. Not only is it a battle for positioning in the AFC North, but it’s also a showdown between two teams trying to build momentum heading into the final stretch of the season.

We’ve seen promising performances from both the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers this year. We’ve also seen letdowns from both squads, but when AFC North rivals go head-to-head, rarely do we see letdowns. More than likely, this one will be full of fireworks.

Expect to see plenty of Joe Mixon in this one, as the Steelers defense has had a surprisingly hard time slowing opposing rushers in 2021. That, however, doesn’t mean we won’t see Joe Burrow put up big numbers the same way Herbert did against Pittsburgh in Week 11. Then again, the Steelers will rack up plenty of yardage as well between Ben Roethlisberger and Najee Harris.

When the final whistle blows, though, the Bengals will hold a slim lead that helps them keep pace with the Ravens in the division. It’ll be another epic showdown between two rivals that’s sure to have AFC playoff positioning implications.

Prediction: Bengals win 37-34 | Spread: Bengals (-3.5)