The Bengals are entering a pretty soft part of their schedule. Of course, at 0-10, it is hard to look at any matchup as potentially advantageous for Cincinnati. The Steelers are probably the closest thing to that at this point.
Pittsburgh is very short handed after their Thursday Night Football matchup with the Browns. Major contributors like Juju Smith-Schuster, James Conner and Maurkice Pouncey (suspended) have their availability in doubt. Without those guys, an already struggling Pittsburgh offense worse.
That isn’t to say that Cincinnati’s offense has been much better following the bye week. Rookie Ryan Finley struggled against a Raiders defense that has been easy to beat for opposing quarterbacks. It got to the point where Tyler Boyd voiced his frustrations following the game.
This week it appears to be which defense can keep the other team’s struggling offense from scoring more. The Bengals defense had one of their best games last week holding the Raiders to 17 points while forcing two turnovers. Meanwhile, the Steelers are ranked near or in the top 10 of most the major defensive categories.
Ultimately the game will come down to a duel between Mason Rudolph and Finley. It may not even be who can win the game for the team, but rather who can not make the mistakes that cost their team the game. Finley tossed an interception last week during a possible game winning or tying drive after being pretty inaccurate all day. Rudolph is coming off a game where he threw four picks. He also hasn’t tossed more than a single touchdown in a game or reached 250 yards passing for three straight weeks.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-10) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5)
Date/Time: Nov. 24th, 2019 at 1:oo p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: The Steelers lead the series at 63-35
Streak: The Steelers have won the past eight meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-1). Mike Tomlin (20-5)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In Cincinnati, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12). Broadcasters are Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and John Schriffen (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).
Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
SB Nation Steelers’ site: Behind the Steel Curtain
Odds: Bengals +7 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass