The Cincinnati Bengals are at a crossroads for their season.
After the team started off 0-3, they have now rallied for two straight wins sitting at 2-3. No one in the AFC North has run away away with the division yet, and there isn’t a division that looks like it has teams that will surely be taking wild card spots. If the Bengals win this game and get to 3-3 playoffs are an honest possibility for this team.
The only problem is they will be up against the Steelers who sit at 4-2. They are coming into this game after knocking off the last undefeated team in the NFL. Still Pittsburgh has had a confusing season to say the least. They have impressive wins like the one against Kansas City, but they also have head scratching losses to the Bears and Jaguars this year as well.
This could be an opportunity for the Bengals to show this season isn’t over, but odds are it will be up to their defense to slow down the Steelers. The Bengals have the second ranked defense in points per game (14.8) and yards allowed (262.8), so they could slow down this Steelers offense that has struggled at times.
However, Pittsburgh also has a very good defense. They are ranked fourth in points allowed per game (17) and third in yards allowed per game (272). A low scoring affair could easily be on the table, and the team that gets to 20 points may end up being the winner.
A win here would give the Bengals some real momentum going into an important part of their schedule where they will face off against the Colts (2-4) at home before hitting the road to meet with the Jaguars (3-3), Titans (3-3), and Broncos (3-3).
This stretch could determine a lot about the playoffs for all of those road games are against team potentially competing for a Wild Card spot.
How to watch:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017 4:25 p.m. EST
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Series Leader: Steeler lead 60-35
Streak: Steelers have won six of the last seven
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (8-20), Mike Tomlin (15-5)
TV Broadcast: CBS broadcast with Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter). The game will air in the Bengals home market on WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Channel 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington, Ky.
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
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Weather: High 70s; Mostly cloudy [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Bengals open as a 5.5-point underdog. [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: White jersey with black pants; The Bengals are 25-28 in that combination since 2004.