We already know the Week 13 matchup in CIncinnati will be a Monday Night Football affair. However, their first meeting in Week 7 was set to be a 1 p.m. game, cramming it in with a host of other early-afternoon games.
Now, the NFL has decided to push the game back into the late-afternoon timeslot. The league announced on Wednesday that Bengals versus Steelers in Pittsburgh will kickoff at 4:25 p.m. EST as part of the CBS doubleheader.
Even though the Bengals and Steelers are a combined 5-5 this year, it’s still one of the NFL’s best rivalries, and this game will go a long way in deciding the winner of the AFC North.
The Bengals will go into this game a 2-3 and coming off a bye week while having won two straight. The Steelers will come into this game at 4-2 or 3-3, depending on their Week 6 result versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
That means despite the Bengals’ 0-3 start, they may very well come out of Week 7 as the first-place team in the AFC North. That would be quite the turnaround for a team that looked like it had become one of the worst in football, but now have a real shot at winning their division and hosting a playoff game.