The NFL is set up with another great day of action on Sunday afternoon. Twelve games are up on the board throughout November 15. One of these games will be between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. These two teams are sitting in opposite side of the division, but will both look to earn a huge win on Sunday. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time.
The Bengals have put up a record of 2-5-1 throughout this season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the AFC North. Cincinnati has struggled at times this season, but have been able to stay in most of their games. The Bengals will look to keep this one close as they try to upset their divisional foe. If Cincinnati can come out of their bye week strong, it will give them a chance to earn the upset.
Pittsburgh has earned a perfect 8-0 record to this point in the season, which has them in the top spot of the AFC North. The Steelers have been on a roll to open up the new season as they are looking to keep it going on Sunday. Pittsburgh has earned some impressive wins on this stretch, but struggled last week against the Cowboys. Now the Steelers will need to come out strong to avoid underestimating the Bengals.
These two teams have had very opposite starts to the season. The Steelers have been almost unstoppable throughout this season, but will need to continue with their strong starts if they want to beat the Bengals. Cincinnati has been a team that can stick around and if Pittsburgh allows them to stay in this one, it could give the Bengals a chance to upset them.
The Bengals and the Steelers met up twice throughout last season. The first meeting was in Pittsburgh in Week 4. Randy Bullock opened the scoring with a field goal, but that was all that Cincinnati could muster. Mason Rudolph had two passing touchdowns, while Jaylen Samuels had a rushing touchdown. The Steelers were able to earn a big 27-3 win at home.
The second meeting of the season was in Week 12 in Cincinnati. Ryan Finley had a passing touchdown to Tyler Boyd. Delvin Hodges threw a touchdown pass to James Washington. Chris Boswell went 3-3 on his field goal kicks as the Steelers were able to sweep the season series. Pittsburgh finished with a 16-10 win in this one.
The Bengals met up with the Tennessee Titans in Week 8 before their bye week. Ryan Tannehill had two passing touchdowns, while Derrick Henry rushed for a touchdown. Joe Burrow had two passing touchdowns, while Giovani Bernard had a receiving and a rushing touchdown. The Bengals were able to hold on for a 31-20 win going into their bye week.
Pittsburgh met up with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 9. Garrett Gilbert threw a touchdown pass, while Greg Zuerlein went 4-4 on field goals. Ben Roethlisberger had three passing touchdowns on the day as the Steelers came from behind. Pittsburgh was able to score their final touchdown to earn a 24-19 win on the day.
Joe Burrow is the starting Quarterback for the Bengals this season. Burrow has had a productive rookie season so far. He has thrown for 2272 yards, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Burrow has also rushed for 130 yards and 3 touchdowns. Burrow went 26-37 for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win against the Titans.
Ben Roethlisberger is back under center for Pittsburgh after missing most of last season with injury. Roethlisberger has had a very productive season this year. He has thrown for 1934 yards, 18 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Last week, Roethlisberger went 29-42 for 306 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Steelers need him to step up like this again on Sunday.
These two Quarterbacks have had very productive seasons to this point. Burrow has done really well in his first season with the Bengals, while Roethlisberger has stepped up for the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense has been really good this season and will be a big test for Burrow and Cincinnati’s offense. If Burrow can break though, it will give the Bengals a chance to earn a win.
Offense vs Defense
Cincinnati’s offense has been the better part of their game this season. The Bengals have scored 194 points, which is 20th in the NFL this season. Cincinnati has also gained around 2895 yards of offense, which his 18th in the league. The Bengals have struggled on defense, allowing opposing teams to score 214 points and 3207, which is 20th and 26th in the NFL.
The Steelers have been great on both sides of the ball. Pittsburgh has scored 235 points and gained 2728 yards of offense, which is 5th and 25th in the league this season. The Steelers have shined on defense this season. Pittsburgh has allowed opposing teams to score 161 points, which is 4th in the NFL. The Steelers have given up 2539 yards, which is 6th in the league.
The Steelers have been the better team on both sides of the ball, but have not gained a lot of yard this season. Pittsburgh will look to move the ball well though against a struggling Bengals defense. Cincinnati will need to find some offense against this Steelers defense that has been stellar this season. I expect this game to come down to the Bengals offense vs the Steelers defense and who can break through.
The Steelers have been the better team throughout this season, but I believe that the Bengals will have a chance in this one. Pittsburgh looked a bit flat in their last win and I think with Cincinnati coming off a bye week, they will have a chance in this one. The Bengals have been able to keep it close in most of their games and I think this one will be no different.
BetOnline has Pittsburgh listed as a -7 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals are coming off a bye week, which could give them a good chance to earn a win in this one. I believe Cincinnati has a solid team and with this being a divisional matchup, I expect them to keep it close.