December 22, 2012 11:30PM
Updated: January 24, 2013 6:51AM
Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) at Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7), noon
The Bengals have lost 10 of the past 12 meetings with the Steelers, including the one in October in Cincinnati. But, unlike the Steelers, who have lost four of their past five games, the Bengals have won five of their past six. Prediction: Bengals, 23-21
Oakland Raiders (4-10) at Carolina Panthers (5-9), noon
The Panthers are making a late-season surge, winning two in a row and three of the past five. The Raiders posted a shutout victory last week. Prediction: Panthers, 24-16
New Orleans Saints (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6), noon
The Saints were one of three teams to post a shutout victory last week, but they will need more of that defense against Tony Romo. The Cowboys have won five of their past six games. Prediction: Cowboys, 30-28
Tennessee Titans (5-9) at Green Bay Packers (10-4), noon
The Titans will face a much better QB against the Packers than they did Monday night against the Jets. Aaron Rodgers is 24-2 and has thrown 64 TDs in his last 26 home games. Prediction: Packers, 34-10
Minnesota Vikings (8-6) at Houston Texans (12-2), noon
The Texans remain in the hunt for the AFC’s No. 1 seed, while the Vikings have surged into position for a wild-card spot. Prediction: Texans, 31-20
New England Patriots (10-4) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12), noon
The Patriots are probably still exhausted from trying to come back from that 31-3 deficit against the 49ers. Maybe some sun, and a leaky Jaguars defense, will help them rejuvenate. Prediction: Patriots, 40-20
Colts (9-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-12), noon
With one more victory, the Colts will secure a wild-card playoff spot and become the fourth team in league history to win 10 or more games following a season with two or fewer victories. The Chiefs are the only NFL team to score less than 200 points. Prediction: Colts, 27-12
Buffalo Bills (5-9) at Miami Dolphins (6-8), noon
The Bills have allowed a league-high 402 points and given up at least 45 points in four or more games this season, including last week’s 50-17 loss to Seattle. Ugh. Prediction: Dolphins, 34-23
San Diego Chargers (5-9) at New York Jets (6-8), noon
The team that hammered the Steelers just two weeks ago was soundly whupped at home last week by Carolina, 31-7. Don’t forget, the Jets were harboring playoff hopes as well. Prediction: Jets, 15-12
Washington Redskins (8-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-10), noon
The Redskins have surged to five consecutive victories, even playing without injured Robert Griffin III. The Eagles hope RG3 stays out after his perfect rating (158.3) in the first meeting. Prediction: Redskins, 23-16
St. Louis Rams (6-7-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8), noon
The Buccaneers have fallen apart, likely under the intensity applied by Greg Schiano. He will learn the NFL stands for Not For Long if he continues to coach with that rah-rah approach. Prediction: Rams, 20-19
Cleveland Browns (5-9) at Denver Broncos (11-3), 3:05 p.m.
The Broncos have won a league-best nine in a row and clinched the division title for the second year in a row. What’s more, Peyton Manning has never lost to the Browns (5-0). Prediction: Broncos, 30-13
Bears (8-6) at Arizona Cardinals (5-9), 3:25 p.m.
The Bears are taking a late-season nose dive for the second year, only this time it is with Jay Cutler. They have lost three in a row and four of their past five. The Cardinals ended their nine-game losing streak with a 38-10 victory against the Lions. Prediction: Bears, 21-15
New York Giants (8-6) at Baltimore Ravens (9-5), 3:25 p.m.
The Ravens have lost three in a row and are trying to give away the AFC North title. The streak might grow against the Giants, who should be suitably honked after being shutout by the Falcons. They get in the postseason by winning their last two. Prediction: Giants, 24-19
San Francisco 49ers (10-3-1) at Seattle Seahawks (9-5), 7:20 p.m.
Not only are the Seahawks one of just two teams who are unbeaten at home (6-0), but among the conquered are the Packers, Patriots, Vikings and Cowboys. Prediction: Seahawks, 24-23
— Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette