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NFL Week 7 Bengals vs Steelers matchup moved to late afternoon

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The Bengals and Steelers will get a bigger audience when the two AFC North rivals clash in Week 7.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Anytime the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers square off, it demands as big of an audience as possible.

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.

That slot is usually reserved for one of the biggest matchups in that particular week, such as the Dallas Cowboys versus Green Bay Packers classic we just saw this past week.

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.

Who Dey!