For perhaps the first time this season, every analyst that picks the winner of games has picked the Bengals to win on Sunday. The Bengals, who are sixth in the AFC and currently hold the last wildcard spot, are hosting the 4-6 Browns on Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium. These two teams met in Week 1 and the Bengals came away with a 27-17 win in Cleveland.
The Bengals are currently in the middle of a four-game stretch against AFC North opponents and having come off two straight losses to the Steelers and Ravens, their Week 12 game against the Browns is extremely important to keep their playoff hopes alive.
ESPN analysts, including guys like Mike Golic, Merril Hoge, Ron Jaworski, Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter, all picked the Bengals to beat the Browns. ESPN power rankings list the Bengals as the No. 13 ranked team and the Browns as the No. 24 ranked team.
CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and Clark Judge among others picked the Bengals to win as well. As for Prisco, he picked the Bengals because of their tough defense and the Browns struggling offense. He believes that the Bengals will keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday.
The Bengals showed well against the two heavy-hitters of the AFC North the past two weeks and will take out those two losses on the Browns. The Browns are limited on offense, and the Bengals are tough on defense. The Bengals keep their playoff hopes moving forward.
CBSSports.com also previewed the game with NFL.com's Pat Kirwan.
And we can't forget about the guys from the NFL. Shannon Sharpe, Joe Thiesmann and others all picked the Bengals as well.
And here's my pick. The Bengals will win.
Hopefully they do because if they don't, they will make me, and a whole lot of people, look really stupid. They also would look pretty stupid too.