A very big game between AFC North rivals in need of a win anyway they can get it, period! The Steelers have lost their first three road games and have battled injuries to key players on both sides of the ball so far this season.
The Steelers have struggled to run the football and average only 77.4 yards per game. Their vaunted defense has struggled in getting to the QB and creating turnovers. They will also be playing without all world S Troy Polamalu.
It’s a good thing that the Steelers have QB Ben Roethlisberger on their side because they’d be looking like a carbon copy of the Cleveland Browns and that’s not too good. The Steelers have won 19 of the last 25 games in this series and Big Ben’s 7-1 lifetime at Cincinnati.
The Bengals haven’t beaten the Steelers since 2009, but this game gives them their best chance to snap that streak in quite sometime. If they can’t get up and beat this out of sync and banged up Steelers team at home on Sunday Night Football then they may never do it again.
The Bengals come into this game on a two game losing streak after a solid 3-1 start to the season. It looks like they have a lot in their favor and may be catching the Steelers at the right time in my opinion, but they need to show up ready to play.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green have become one of the NFL’s best QB/WR tandems. I think this is a bigger game for the Bengals at this point because the Steelers will eventually get healthy and have many players with championship experience that will help them to fight through this tough start.
The Bengals are a very young team and they could find themselves a couple games under .500 with a tough upcoming stretch in their schedule. You never know how a young team will handle adversity when confronted with it and that could derail a season. Going from 3-1 to 3-5 can be very tough on the locker room chemistry.
My Pick: Bengals 31-24