Schedule Analysis, Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

We continue our schedule analysis with the team's Week 15 game in Pittsburgh against the Steelers.

Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Date/Time: Dec. 15; 8:30 p.m. ET (Sunday Night Football)

Location: Heinz Field; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Steelers 2012 record: 8-8

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Steelers: 14th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Steelers: 26th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Steelers: 21st

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Steelers: 1st

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Steelers: 2nd

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Steelers: 1st

Head-To-Head Record:

33-53 Steelers (15-28 in Pittsburgh)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Steelers: TE Matt Spaeth, CB William Gay, QB Bruce Gradkowski

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Steelers: LB Jarvis Jones, RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Marcus Wheaton

Overview:

Depending on the Bengals record at this point in the season, this could be a must-win game if the team want to make it into the playoffs for the third year in a row. The Steelers aren't going to be a team that rolls over, especially at home, though, strangely enough, the Bengals have been better against the Steelers in Pittsburgh than they have been in Cincinnati lately. Five of their six wins in the last 10 years against the Steelers have come on the road.

Health will be such an important factor at this point of the season, and while the Bengals don't have a better starter at every position than the Steelers do, they do have much more depth at most positions. This should help the Bengals late in the season. If the Bengals win this game, it could have big playoff implications.

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