Week ten around the NFL brought a bunch of new complexities to the playoff picture. A couple of upsets here and there have only opened the door wider when it comes to the different possible playoff contenders moving forward. Others have been able to pull ahead with their divisional leads, while others see their top spot in the division brought into question.
The Steelers were able to find another way to win last week against the Packers at home. They finished their three-game home stand with a positive record and continue to trend toward the playoffs despite some terrible offensive production and spotty defensive play at times. They will have a lot to overcome this week.
2023 season prediction record after week 10: 81-53
Last week's picks were actually great overall. This series only got four predictions incorrect and the rest of them finished in the correct column. It was a nice bounce back after a few weeks of less than stellar predictions. Week ten boosted the record up some and should set us up for a good record when the conclusion of the season rolls around.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-4) vs Baltimore Ravens (7-3), Thursday at 8:15 P.M. EST
Prediction: Bengals 27, Ravens 25
Starting off Week 11 of the NFL with a bang here as both the Bengals and Ravens feel a need to win this game. Baltimore is coming off a tough loss last week, and they need to win this game at home to keep a grip on their division lead. The Bengals on the other hand desperately need a win after their shocking loss against the Houston Texans last week.
Cincinnati is now 5-4 and if they lose this game, then it seems like an insurmountable deficit to overcome to make the playoffs. This is where the Bengals need to turn things around. If they can beat the Ravens this week and the Steelers next week, they will be right back into the AFC North conversation. It's going to be a gutsy game, but Joe Burrow finds a way to win.