Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is out with his divisional predictions, and he’s got the black and gold beating the Ravens by 7 at home on Saturday. Here’s his picks for the weekend that will appear in this weeks Sports Illustrated.
Steelers 20, Ravens 13: “It’s the eighth meeting in 28 months in this hide-the-women-and-children series, and the previous seven have all been single-digit close. But keep this in mind: Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t lost to the Ravens since 2006, he’s playing at home, and he’s had a bye week to heal all that ails him.”
Patriots 30, Jets 17: “This rivalry is verging on passing Sox-Yanks in the Northeast Corridor. Easy to say the Jets won’t have a prayer after the Pats’ 45–3 blowout win six weeks ago, but Rex Ryan’s D will play significantly better, especially in coverage, than it did in December. Sanchez versus Brady, though, is a gigantic mismatch.”
Packers 24, Falcons 21: “The Falcons are healthy, home and six weeks removed from beating Green Bay. The Pack has had 17 guys on IR, is traveling on a short week and counting on Tom Crabtree and James Starks for offensive production. The latter, after his 123 rushing yards in the win in Philly, said, ‘I’m shocked.’ He should be ready for more.”
Bears 23, Seahawks 20: “Cinderella actually won in October at Soldier Field. Seattle’s hopes rest on Matt Hasselbeck’s hitting the lottery as he did in the stunner over New Orleans. For the Bears to lose, they’ll have to turn it over, which Jay Cutler has been known to do. But I sense a big day on the lakefront for Chicago running back Matt Forte.”