The Cincinnati Bengals will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the battle of the two winless teams in the AFC North. There’s more on the line for Cincinnati than just losing their fourth straight game of the Zac Taylor-era.
If the Bengals lose in Pittsburgh, it’ll be the team’s ninth-straight loss at the hand of their rival.
This would be the longest streak against a single other team in franchise history. It’s embarrassing that the streak could near double figures let alone it being against Pittsburgh.
In their only scheduled primetime game of the year, the Bengals will just need to find a way to win. This Steelers team is void of numerous weapons that helped them get such a discouraging streak.
The “Killer Bees” (Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown) aren’t suiting up tonight, and their defense isn’t be what it once was either. That said, it’s finally time this multi-year streak is snapped.
However, the beginning of the Bengals new era with Zac Taylor at the helm has not started off as many had hoped.
The Bengals looked competitive even in a Week 1 loss then allowed 40-plus points to San Francisco in Week 2 in the team’s home opener, erasing the progress they’d made to start the season. Week 3 was another nail-biter, but it ended poorly for Cincinnati as well.
In the mind of some fans, this game will be either set the season set or cause a complete meltdown in the Queen City.
After all, the Steelers are looking like one of Cincinnati’s easier competitors. If they can’t get this win on Monday Night Football, the hope for this season will start to dwindle after the fanbase seemed ignited by the change in leadership.