Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2)
- Start Time: at 8:15 p.m. EST on Dec. 21st, 2020.
- Location: Round 2 of Bengals vs. Steelers will be played at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- TV Channel: ESPN with Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Louis Riddick (analyst) and Lisa Salters (sideline analyst) calling the action.
- Online Stream: WatchESPN and fuboTV.
- 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).
- Replay: NFL Game Pass
- Rosters: Bengals | Steelers
- SB Nation the Steelers’ site: Behind the Steel Curtain
- Series Leader: The Steeler lead the series 65-35
- Streak: The Steelers have won the past 10 meetings
- Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-3). Mike Tomlin (22-5)
- Weather: Mid 40’s clear skies and virtually no chance of rain [NFL weather].
- Odds: The Steelers are 14.5-point favorites [Odds Shark].
The Bengals always seem to catch good teams at times when their backs are against the wall looking for something to prove.
That looks to be no different this week with the Steelers on a two-game losing streak after being undefeated prior to that. Can the Steelers come into Cincinnati on Monday Night Football and show off against the Bengals?
Cincinnati has been stuck looking for consistency from their offense ever since rookie quarterback Joe Burrow was lost for the season. There have been issues throwing the ball, running the ball and overall protecting the football the last three games without the team’s franchise quarterback.
We saw improvement last week with being able to move the ball against the Cowboys, but Dallas has one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Not to mention, protecting the football was a huge issue as three turnovers dug the Bengals into a hole they would never recover from.
Meanwhile, the Steelers have also had some issue protecting the football themselves. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a couple costly interceptions last week, which included one that was returned for a touchdown.
If the Bengals want to have any chance at an upset, they would have to repeat that same defensive effort as well as put points on the board defensively.
It isn’t a secret that the Bengals would need a couple miracles in their current state to be able to compete or pull off an upset Monday night. There is always a chance that Pittsburgh looks past such a beat up Bengals squad, but with all the questions asking if they really are a contender looming after their two losses, it is hard to believe that they would like to add a loss to Cincinnati to all of that.
Still, the Bengals could go out there and view this as their morale victory of the season and play beyond what we’ve seen to try and show they still have fight despite the terrible season.
Who knows what will happen when a team’s back is this far against the wall.