Top Three Games of the Week

Bengals @ Raiders: 

The Bengals had a bye week in week ten, and in this week every team in the AFC North lost. This gives the Bengals a huge advantage in the AFC North because if they win this week they will be the second seed in the division. Bengals fans are hoping that this bye week will help out their team after they lost two games in a row before the bye week. Raiders fans on the other hand may be having some flashbacks of the two years prior as they look to be having another mid season collapse just after starting the year 5-3. The Raiders just lost to the Chiefs on Monday night 41-14 against a Chiefs team that has been all over the place this season. Both teams are looking to keep their playoff hopes alive, with the Raiders coming in as a +1.5 point underdogs in the spread.

Cowboys @ Chiefs:

The Chiefs just had a relieving win after all these weeks of heartbreaking losses and heart aching wins. Nobody is sure whether the Chiefs are still a real contender as they sit atop the AFC West at 6-4 with the Chargers right behind them at 5-4 who do have the tiebreaker if they were to have the same record. The Chargers would have the tiebreaker against the Chiefs since they are 2-0 against division rivals while the Chiefs are 1-1 losing against the Chargers earlier in the season. The Cowboys showed that they are the real deal and that losing against the Denver Broncos was just a minor slip up in an otherwise successful season. They just came off of a 43-3 home win against the Atlanta Falcons who have been up and down this season. The Cowboys are the top seed in their division sitting at 7-2 with the Eagles the closest team to them at 4-6. The Cowboys will have a tough task to handle this week going to Arrowhead Stadium which is arguably the loudest stadium in the NFL, the Cowboys come into this game as +2.5 point underdog.

Steelers @ Chargers:

The Steelers are a big question mark in the league right now, whether they are contenders or pretenders. They don’t look good at all on offense without Ben Roethlisberger who also has been lackluster and seems past his prime. The Steelers last week scored a whopping 16 points against the Lions who were 0-8 at the time before the game ended after overtime in a tie. The Steelers defense still looks as good as they have been playing this season and are definitely the bright spot on this team. Ben Roethlisberger is set to come back this week after being placed on the reserve/Covid list for the last game. The Chargers had a disappointing Sunday to say the least by losing to the Minnesota Vikings 27-20 who have been struggling the past couple of weeks. Justin Herbert and the Chargers are going to have to find a way to be one step ahead of the Steelers’ defense since the offense shouldn’t be much of a struggle to slow down. The Chargers are -5.5 point favorites at home this week.

Matt Freed/Post-Gazette

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