Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in Sunday’s Cincinnati Bengals-Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 game.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) at (-3) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0), 1 p.m.
Mike: Steelers. This rivalry is impossible to predict, so I’m going to side with the home team — the same team that looked more impressive in Week 1, too.
Ricky: Bengals. Pittsburgh’s defense played well last week, but Cincinnati’s offense is more formidable than Washington’s and should have an easier time moving the chains, especially if the Steelers are without linebacker Ryan Shazier. The Bengals also are 8-0-1 in their last nine games against the spread dating to last season. Cincy by a late field goal.
Andre: Steelers. Antonio Brown has 151 receptions and 2,048 receiving yards in his last 16 games with Ben Roethlisberger as the starting quarterback. Both would be record-breaking totals in a single season. A.J. Green should have a day, but the Steelers have more weapons and should ride home-field advantage to victory.
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