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NFL Weekend Picks: AFC North rivals spice things up

NFL Weekend Picks: AFC North rivals spice things up

NFL Weekend Picks: AFC North rivals spice things up


    Normally a grudge match for AFC North supremacy, Thanksgiving night's visit by the Steelers to Baltimore doesn't carry quite such a lofty air this year.
    It still should be one of the more physical and contentious games of the holiday weekend. Or of the entire schedule, for that matter, even though both perennial powers are 5-6 and trail Cincinnati by two games in the division.
    The defending Super Bowl champion Ravens (No. 19 in the AP Pro 32) are 3-point favorites over Pittsburgh (No. 18, AP Pro32). But the Steelers have been the hotter team of late, winning three in a row, while Baltimore has taken two of three following a three-game slide.
    "We understand where we're at," said Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who has gotten the team into the playoffs in all five of his previous seasons in charge. "We know what everybody's record is. But we also know we have to win.
    "We haven't given up the division championship yet, either. But we've got to win games. We have to win the next one on our schedule."
    Sorry, John.

▲ STEELERS, 17-16

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