While this rivalry may not have the history of Giants - Cowboys or Bears - Packers, the level of hate in this series is greater than any current NFL rivalry, and perhaps in all of American pro sports.
Simply put, these two teams hate each other with a passion, and we’ll get to see that unfold in primetime tonight.
The Bengals enter tonight at 5-6 and clinging to their playoff lives. This is as pretty much a must win for the Bengals as they are fighting for that last Wild Card spot. The Chargers and Bills currently sit in front of them for that spot though, so any loss could be a catastrophic one to the Bengals hopes for this season.
The Steelers are 9-2 and are currently the one seed in the AFC, but the Patriots are on their heels also at 9-2. Those teams are set to play in three weeks, but an unexpected loss for the Steelers before then could really hurt their chances at keeping that one seed.
The last time these two teams met it was probably one of the most frustrating games of the season for Bengals fans. At 2-3 Cincinnati was hoping to get back up to .500. The game started off fine with both teams swapping touchdowns, though the Bengals fell behind 20-14 at halftime.
But after a promising start, the Bengals’ second half was terrible. After he gained 68 yards on 10 touches, Joe Mixon didn’t touch the ball once. A.J. Green also only got one target in the second half.
What made matters worse was the defense played one heck of a game all considering what happened in the second half. They held the Steelers to three field goals, but it still wasn’t enough in the end.
This time around Mixon is coming off his best performance of the season against the Browns, and Andy Dalton hasn’t thrown an interception since he played the Steelers. The Bengals have started to peak it seems, and they may have to play one of their best games against the Steelers.
Some might think Pittsburgh could slip up again like when they almost went to overtime with the Packers, but when the Bengals and Steelers are matched up we know both of them are giving it their all.
How to watch the Bengals host the Steelers on Monday Night Football
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (4-6) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (9-2)
Date/Time: Monday, December 4th, 2017 8:30 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: Steelers lead all-time series 59-35
Streak: Steelers have won past four straight
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (8-21), Mike Tomlin (16-5)
TV Broadcast: ESPN broadcast with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Jon Gruden (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline reporter). In the Cincinnati market, the ESPN broadcast also will be simulcast on WLWT-TV (Channel 5).
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a “triple-cast” on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). The game will also be aired to a national audience on affiliates of Westwood One Radio. Broadcasters are Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Boomer Esiason (analyst) and Steve Tasker (sideline reporter).
Steelers’ SB Nation Website: Behind the Steel Curtain
Weather: High 50’s; Overcast [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Steelers opened as 6.5-point favorites [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Black jersey with white pants; the Bengals are 32-31-1 in that combination since 2004.