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NFL Week 17 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1)

The Bengals could end the Steelers playoff by defeating them on Sunday.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are gearing up for their final game of the 2018 season and just like last year, they will have a chance to knock a division rival out of the playoffs on the road.

A matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field is all that remains of an emotionally-chaotic season for the Bengals. Pittsburgh has to defeat Cincinnati and then hope that the Cleveland Browns take down the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore in order to make the playoffs. If one of these games doesn’t go their way, the Steelers will end up sitting on their couches in January just like the Bengals will be.

At 6-9, there’s not much for the Bengals to hang their hats on this season. They are set to finish with their third-straight losing season as well as finish last in the division for the first time since 2010. Ending the Steelers’ season would be the highlight of this season like ending the Ravens’ season in 2017, but it could take a similar miracle for that to occur once more.

Here is everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Steelers:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (6-9) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1)

Date/Time: Dec. 30th, 2018 at 4:25 p.m. EST

Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA

Streaming: FuboTV

Series Leader: Steelers lead the all-time series 61-35

Streak: Steelers have won the past six games

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (8-23) vs. Mike Tomlin (18-5)

Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Kevin Harlan (play-byplay), Rich Gannon (analyst) and Steve Tasker (sideline reporter).

Radio: The game will air 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).

SB Nation Steelers site: Behind the Steel Curtain

Weather: Mid 30’s, Mostly Cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open as, +16.5 [Odds Shark]

Bengals notes

  • Jeff Driskel had two touchdowns without an interception and a career-high 123.4 passer rating in Week 16. He has a 108.9 passer rating in three career road games. He aims for his third in a row on the road with at least one touchdown and no interceptions
  • Joe Mixon has 596 scrimmage yards (119.2 per game) and three rushing touchdowns in his past five games. He had 84 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the last meeting with the Steelers. Mixon is one of two AFC running backs (Phillip Lindsay) with at least 1,000 rushing yards (1,063) and eight touchdowns in 2018. He is one of three AFC players (Melvin Gordon and Tyreek Hill) with at least five games of 130 scrimmage yards in 2018.
  • John Ross had a touchdown catch in Week 16. He has four receiving touchdowns in his past five games on the road. He aims for his third in a row against the AFC North and fourth in a row on the road with touchdown catch. Tight end C.J. Uzomah had receiving touchdown in Week 16, his fifth-career touchdown.
  • Geno Atkins has three sacks and four tackles for a loss in his past five games. Since entering the NFL in 2010, he leads all defensive tackles with 71 sacks. He is one of five with at least nine sacks in each of the past four seasons. Carlos Dunlap has four tackles for a loss and two passes defended in his past four vs. the Steelers. Rookie Jessie Bates III led the team with nine tackles last week. He had 10 tackles in his only career meeting with Pittsburgh. He ranks third among safeties with 108 tackles in 2018. Bates is the only rookie with over 100 tackles and three interceptions this season. Bates and Shawn Williams (100 tackles) are the only safety teammates in NFL with 100 tackles each.

Steelers notes

  • Ben Roethlisberger passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns without an interception for a 108.8 passer rating last week. He had 369 pass yards and a touchdown for a 100.7 passer rating in the last meeting. He is 6-0 with he has a 92.7 passer rating in his past six starts vs. the Bengals. He leads the NFL with 4,842 passing yards and needs 158 pass yards to become the sixth player in NFL history with at least 5,000 passing yards in a single season.
  • James Conner had 129 scrimmage yards (111 rushing and 18 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns in the Week 6 meeting against Cincinnati. He aims for his fourth in a row against the AFC North with 125 scrimmage yards and a touchdown.
  • Antonio Brown had 14 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns last week. He had 105 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the last meeting. He leads the NFL with a franchise-record 15 touchdown catches. He is the first player in NFL history with six-consecutive 100 catch seasons. JuJu Smith-Schuster had 11 catches for 115 yards in Week 16. He had seven receptions for 111 yards in the Week 6 meeting. He has 106 catches in 2018 and is the youngest player in NFL history to reach 100 receptions in single season.
  • Cameron Heyward has two sacks, a fumble recovery and four passes defended in his past four games at home against the Bengals. T.J. Watt had a sack last week. He has six sacks and two forced fumbles in his past five games at home. He has four sacks in five career home games vs. the division. Stephon Tuitt has a sack in two of his past three games.