NFL picks and predictions, Week 12: Steelers vs. Browns 2017

Pittsburgh and Cleveland will both enter the game on Sunday with 4-6 records, one game out of the final wild card slot. With so many teams in the playoff race, a loss might drop one of the teams too far out of the hunt while a win could potentially bump a team into a tie for the No. 6 seed.

Pittsburgh has won two in a row and four of its last six games, but is just 1-4 on the road this season. Cleveland, losers of three of its last four, will have the advantage of playing at home where its 3-2 this season. NFL experts are split on the matchup, but SB Nation’s six experts give the Browns a slight edge.

If you buy into the theory that the Jets alternate wins and losses — which is as good a theory as any to explain the Jets — New York should have this one in the bag.

Rex Ryan has never won against the Ravens in two games since becoming head coach of the Jets. But he never faced this version of the Ravens, one that looks like a terrible mismatch for a very good Jets defense. You could say the same thing about the Ravens, a solid defense without much help from their offensive teammates. All things considered, this is a fairly even matchup, which makes it hard to pick.

The Ravens have a 4-1 record against the spread at home. The Jets are 2-3 against the spread on the road. Geno Smith’s been able to bounce back from his bad outings, but he hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since Week 7.
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