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Which 7-5 team will make the playoffs?
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Which 7-5 team will make the playoffs?
Thursday December 4th, 2014

Three games featuring AFC North teams are among the most intriguing NFL matchups for bettors in Week 14. The Cincinnati Bengals lead the division with an 8-3-1 record -- going 6-5-1 against the spread -- and they are three-point betting favorites at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of three 7-5 teams in the AFC North along with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.

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The Bengals have won their last three games on the road following a 14-13 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as 5.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. That win over the Bucs was the only game in which Cincinnati did not cover during that win streak. Cincinnati upset New Orleans 27-10 as a 7.5-point underdog and beat Houston 22-13 as a 2.5-point dog. All three road games went UNDER the total. The Bengals are 5-1 straight-up and against the spread in their past six home games against divisional opponents, with a 24-3 loss to the Browns taking place in their last AFC North matchup at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 10 on Thursday Night Football.

The Steelers have fared well against Cincinnati over the past eight years with an 11-4 mark SU and ATS according to the OddsShark NFL database. They split last season’s two meetings with the Bengals, as the home team won by 10 points and covered the spread both times. But Pittsburgh has been outscored 57-16 in divisional road games this year, dropping four of its last five against AFC North foes away from home overall. The Steelers are coming off a 35-32 home loss to the Saints last week, with the closing NFL odds showing them as four-point favorites in that game, and they have seen the OVER cash in in five of their past six.

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Baltimore and Cleveland will also be playing key games on Sunday afternoon. The Ravens visit the Miami Dolphins (7-5) as three-point underdogs on the Week 14 NFL betting lines, while the Browns host the Indianapolis Colts (8-4) as 3.5-point dogs. Baltimore has won the last four meetings with Miami SU and ATS, but Cleveland has lost six of the past seven games against Indianapolis. However, the Browns are 3-1 vs. the line in the previous four meetings with the Colts, and they are 6-3 SU and ATS in their past nine as home dogs. 

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