Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals
Date/Time: Sept. 16; 8:40 p.m. ET (Monday Night Football)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)
Steelers 2012 record: 8-8
33-53 Steelers (18-25 in Cincinnati)
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This rivalry between the Bengals and Steelers had some gas thrown on it in 2012 when the Bengals defeated Pittsburgh on the road, sealing their playoff spot and knocking the Steelers out of the post season. That's one of the biggest reasons why both Bengals-Steelers games are primetime in 2013. That and the addition of James Harrison to the Bengals roster should make these games interesting.
The Bengals came into the 2013 season in better shape than the Steelers in terms of money and the condition of the roster. Many analysts believe the upcoming season will be a rebuilding one for Pittsburgh, but Ben Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin have overcome some big odds. With two tough defenses and the Bengals up and coming offense, these games should be fun to watch.