The entire division is sitting at (1-1), and it is still anyone’s to win at this point. Not to mention, the addition of a seventh playoff spot does mean this outing could potentially be one we look back on at the end of the season.
This young Bengals team is trying to do something it has rarely done under Zac Taylor as head coach, which is get over .500. They started out with a win before getting seemingly out-coached for most of the last week’s game as the offense couldn’t get going against the Chicago Bears until it was too late.
The Steelers are also coming off a game where their offense just couldn’t click enough to pull off a win. The defense has really been the unit leading this team. It shut down the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, but couldn’t hold off the Las Vegas Raiders long enough in Week 2.
This game has all the makings of a stereotypical AFC North clash. Cincinnati’s defense has also very quietly been one of the better units in the NFL. They have especially done well at shutting down the running game of two incredible running backs in Dalvin Cook and David Montgomery.
Pittsburgh and rookie running back Najee Harris have struggled to get that aspect of the offense going so far, and it is doubtful that this will be that breakout rushing performance Harris is looking for.
This game may come down to which offense can get back on track quicker, as neither defense will make that task easy. The one bright side is the Bengals have Joe Burrow to fall back on while the Steelers will have a “banged up” Ben Roethlisberger looking to right the ship.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)
Date/Time: Sep. 26th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Series Leader: The Steelers lead the series 65-36
Streak: The Steelers have won 10 of the past 11 meetings (Bengals won the last meeting on Monday Night Football)
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (1-3). Mike Tomlin (23-6)
Television: The game will air nationally 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: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst) and Melanie Collins (sideline reporter).
Online Stream: Use a free trial of fuboTV to watch the game.
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
SB Nation the Steelers’ site: Behind the Steel Curtain
Weather: Mid 60’s, partly cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals +6.5 [Odds Shark]