Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3)
Date/Time: Sep. 30th, 2019 at 8:15 p.m. EST
Location: Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV Broadcast: ESPN broadcast inn the Cincinnati market, the ESPN broadcast also will be simulcast on WLWT-TV (Channel 5).
Broadcasters: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Booger McFarland (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline analyst) are on the Monday Night Football call.
Radio Broadcast: 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).
The game also will air nationally on Westwood One Radio. Broadcasters are Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analyst) and Ryan Harris (sideline reporter).
Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Weather: Mid 70’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, +8.5 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass
Zac Taylor gets to try and change a few trends that plagued the Bengals during Marvin Lewis’ tenure as head coach on Monday Night Football. He gets a chance to take on the Steelers for the first time. The Steelers have won the past eight meetings, and Taylor gets his first chance to try and win a prime time game, which was another area where the Bengals historically struggled under the past coaching staff. The first-year head coach gets to try and buck those two trends while also attempting to earn his first win as the Bengals head coach.
With both teams sitting at 0-3, this game is very much a do or die game. 0-4 teams have almost no room for failure, but realistically, these teams are playing for pride as this appears to be a new chapter in the rivalry. Familiar faces like linebacker Vontaze Burfict, Ben Roethlisberger (injured), Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown won’t be on the field Monday night. Both sides will likely be battling for the early ground in this new chapter.
Cincinnati also gets an early look at quarterback Mason Rudolph, who will be making his second start for the Steelers in Roethlisberger’s absence. Many thought he was merely a pick away from being in Cincinnati before Pittsburgh hoped them in the third round, so the Bengals get a good look at what could of been.
Cincinnati should also be more concerned about their own offense getting off to a quick start after waiting until after halftime against Buffalo to score 17 unanswered points. That is the kind of offense that doesn’t win you many things other than a top five pick in the draft.
Getting players like Andy Dalton, Joe Mixon and John Ross going is vital to winning. All three have shown sparks of what this offense could be, but they need to actually ignite a fire to earn that first win.
Cincinnati’s defense will have its hands full with the Steelers’ young core. The Bengals did a good job of keeping Cincinnati in last week’s game as long as they did. Unfortunately they ran out of gas a drive before the game was actually over. It was a decent stepping stone, and it is something they should be able to build off of.
One thing both sides and the fans should be hoping for is an end to the extra curricular activities that have plagued both side for the past few years. Hopefully we can all enjoy a Bengals win in prime time in peace.