Audibles: AFC North Week 16 preview

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3) at Tennessee Titans (12-2), 1 p.m. ET

The game of the year in the AFC will take place in Nashville Sunday when the streaking Pittsburgh Steelers travel to face the Tennessee Titans. The winner of this game will take possession of the No. 1 seed in the conference with one week remaining.

Pittsburgh has won five straight with high-quality victories over the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers during that span. Tennessee has sputtered, losing two of its last four, which included last week's defeat to the Houston Texans.

The Titans will be without their two best defensive linemen, Albert Haynesworth and Kyle Vanden Bosch, due to injury, which could favor Pittsburgh. The Steelers' offensive line has been inconsistent this season but should have more success Sunday than originally projected.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-11-1) at Cleveland Browns (4-10) 1 p.m. ET

The Battle of Ohio will add another chapter Sunday when the Cleveland Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams are simply playing out their seasons as playoff hopes faded a long time ago.

This game is trickier to predict than it looks. The Browns have twice the victories this season and are at home. But they have been awful during their four-game losing streak and have failed to score an offensive touchdown over that span.

Meanwhile, the Bengals are coming off their most impressive win of the season over the Washington Redskins. With remaining games against the Browns and Kansas City Chiefs (2-12), Cincinnati has a chance to end the year on a positive note.

But first the Bengals must get their act together on the road, where they are 0-7. The Browns also have struggled at home with a 1-6 mark.

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