Steelers, Bengals are unanimous picks

After covering the Ravens-49ers game on Thanksgiving, I'll be watching today's games from AFC North headquarters. We'll provide updates and opinions on all the AFC North happenings today.

Here's your game-day warm-up and some notes from ESPN Stats & Information:

There was no arguments when it comes to picking the AFC North games today from ESPN's NFL experts. All eight prognosticators selected the Bengals to beat the Browns and the Steelers to defeat the Chiefs.


  • In 2 career games against Bengals, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has completed 38 of 65 passes (58.5 percent) for 456 yards with four touchdowns and one interception for a 94.1 passer rating. In past three starts in November, McCoy has 90.2 passer rating.

  • Browns tight end Ben Watson has 16 catches for 197 receiving yards in past three games against Cincinnati. Watson (98) needs two catches to reach 100 with Browns.

  • Browns wide receiver Greg Little (second round, 59th overall selection) leads NFL rookies with 42 receptions.

  • Rookie defensive linemen Jabaal Sheard (3.5 sacks) and Phil Taylor (four) have combined for 7.5 sacks.

  • Rookie quarterback Andy Dalton has 15 passing touchdowns, tied with Dan Marino (1983) and Peyton Manning (1998) for most by rookie through team’s first 10 games since the 1970 merger.

  • In past two games against the Browns, running back Cedric Benson has rushed for 271 yards (135.5 per game) with two rushing touchdowns.

  • Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson had career-best 152 yards receiving last week with eight catches. Andre Caldwell has two touchdowns in his past three games.

  • Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins has three sacks in his past four games.


  • Steelers has a 13-9 record (.591) after the bye and are 9-5 (.643) at Kansas City.

  • In two games against Kansas City, Ben Roethlisberger has completed 48 of 61 passes (78.7 percent) for 636 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions for a 123.8 passer rating.

  • Running back Rashard Mendenhall has three rushing touchdowns in his past two games. He needs 44 rushing yards to reach 3,000 for his career.

  • Wide receiver Mike Wallace needs 78 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for the second consecutive season.

  • Tight end Heath Miller had seven receptions for 95 yards with a touchdown in his last game against the Chiefs.

  • Outside linebacker James Harrison has five sacks in five games in 2011.