Schedule Analysis, Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers At Cincinnati Bengals

Gregory Shamus

An analysis of the Bengals Week 2 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Monday Night Football.

Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

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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

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 (18-25 in Cincinnati)

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:

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.

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