1PM @Paul Brown Stadium
You know, there’s something different about Sunday’s when you know Pittsburgh is in town. In a game that was not attractive enough to keep on Sunday Night Football, to real fans… They know just how important this game is for both parties.
Mathematically, the Bengals can still win the North. Pittsburgh would have to lose out (including today, where they are 15-3 at Paul Brown Stadium) and the Ravens would have to beat Pittsburgh and lose the other 2. Given how poorly this season has went for Cincy, it’s still a little refreshing for the time being knowing there’s a small hope.
The Big 3
We all know what the Steelers have, Big Ben comes in with a top 3 WR and RB. Le’Veon Bell is fresh off a game where he rushed for 236 yards and 62 receiving yards, totaling 298 yards from scrimmage. Run defense has been a problem for Cincinnati all season, so it’s going to be interesting to see how DC Paul Guenther schemes to try and slow down the running game.
Antonio Brown has 1130 receiving yards with 3 games left to be played. He’s been a top WR in the league for a few seasons now, and continues putting up 1000+ receiving yards when he hasn’t had a full season with his Quarterback in back to back seasons. In the first meeting in September, Brown recorded 4 rec for 39 yards. Chances are, he won’t be contained like that this time around.
Oh, music to Bengals fans around the world. We have this man back this time around. In the first meeting, Cincinnati lost 24-16. Burfict wasn’t around for this one while he was serving his suspension for the nasty hit he put on Antonio Brown. He’s good to go for this one and probably had this once circled for a while now.
While many reports had the 5 time pro bowler ready to go… The new report indicates he will be doubtful for the game. This is upsetting news because he is just 36 yards short of 1,000 for the season and was on pace to have the best statistical season of his career. The pressure now lies on the shoulder of Tyler Boyd, Tyler Eifert, and Brandon Lafell to get the passing game on track.
- Tyler Eifert has scored in 3 straight weeks, including 2 last week in Cleveland.
- Big Ben threw 2 interceptions last time against Cincinnati, and has thrown 4 in the last 2 weeks including 3 last week in Buffalo.
- Jeremy Hill has rushed over 100 yards in 2 games this season, both against the Browns. He had 11 rush attempts for 22 yards last meeting.
- Antonio Brown has been held to 4 rec and under 40 yards twice this season, one of those times coming against Cincinnati in Pittsburgh. Cincinnati’s defense has been hot lately and needs to keep it going to stop the 3 headed monster Pittsbugh offers.
Tyler Eifert and Tyler Boyd each have over 70 yards receiving and a TD.
While it hurts my heart… Pittsburgh in reality has something to play for, and while the Bengals are hot and not eliminated yet…
My heart tells me 20-17 Bengals
My brain tells me 28-20 Steelers. And I’m feeling a last minute game tying drive, and it ending in an interception.