Steelers tabbed; Overdue Browns to upset Bengals

On paper, tonight’s Steelers-Titans’ tilt on the NFL Network would appear a near-lock for the Black & Gold. And perhaps that will be the case.

For whatever reason, however, too often Big Ben and company have a tendency to play down to their level of competition.

Tennessee, though, has been woeful, particularly on the defensive side where the Titans have yielded 30-plus points in all five starts.

Considering they’ve already coughed up a potential road win at Oakland, the Steelers must take care of business in Music City. And they likely will, albeit by a much closer margin than many might expect.

Cleveland’s hapless Brownies have showed signs of life in basically each start though the Browns obviously have nothing to show for it.

We see a possible upset nod Sunday on the lakefront against a Bengals’ outfit which managed to lose at home last week vs. Miami.

AFC North frontrunning Baltimore, meanwhile, hosts Dallas after the Ravens survived a 9-6 snoozefest last week at Kansas City.

Two of the weekend’s premier matchups are late Sunday starts with the Giants at San Francisco and Sunday night’s clash between Green Bay and Houston.

This column experienced a 10-4 outcome last week though momentum is a fickle foe in this business.


PITTSBURGH AT TENNESSEE. We expect Pittsburgh to find a way to make things much more interesting than they should be before finally securing its third victory. STEELERS, 24-20.


INDIANAPOLIS AT NEW YORK JETS. Amazing how Colts’ rookie Andrew Luck has adapted so quickly to this level of competition. He is indeed a star in the making. Having said that, here’s our Upset Special. JETS, 27-21.

DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA. Lions easily the league’s biggest early season disappointment. Hard to imagine they’ll right the ship against a rebounding Philly combine. EAGLES, 30-23.

DALLAS AT BALTIMORE. Cowpokes, at 2-2, an early enigma and will need a supreme effort to upset Dirty Birds on the road. Not happening. RAVENS, 24-14.

ST. LOUIS AT MIAMI. Good day to collect sea shells on South Beach while these two vie. Fish coming off road win at Cincy and look to reach .500. DOLPHINS, 27-20.

KANSAS CITY AT TAMPA BAY. A true buyer’s market outside Raymond James Stadium for a less-than-marque matchup. BUCS, 24-13.

OAKLAND AT ATLANTA. NFC’s only remaining unbeaten nearly has a lock on division crown. Not even a letdown should prevent a sixth straight nod. FALCONS, 34-14.

CINCINNATI AT CLEVELAND. Browns can’t put together four quarters but may find a way to do so Sunday in a low-scoring outcome. BROWNS, 17-14.

BUFFALO AT ARIZONA. Redbirds’ first loss was 17-3 stinker at St. Louis. A bounce back win appears in order. CARDINALS, 24-17.

NEW ENGLAND AT SEATTLE. Pats suddenly playing like Super Bowl contenders following 1-2 start. Brady and offense will be tested by stingy Seahawks’ defense. PATRIOTS, 20-17.

MINNESOTA AT WASHINGTON. Surprising 4-1 Vikes about to be brought back to earth. REDSKINS, 30-20.

NEW YORK GIANTS AT SAN FRANCISCO. Easily week six’s premier matchup and potential postseason preview. G-Men rebound from tough road loss at Philadelphia. GIANTS, 27-23.


GREEN BAY AT HOUSTON. Talented Texans won’t go undefeated. In fact, look for Pack to ensure that notion. PACKERS, 33-27.


DENVER AT SAN DIEGO. Manning and Rivers in NFC West showdown which should go down to wire. CHARGERS, 30-27.