The Cincinnati Bengals lost more than the game in Week 11. They lost their star quarterback for the season.
Now, they’ll move forward with Jake Browning under center, and he’ll likely be backed up by AJ McCarron once Joe Burrow is officially placed on the injured reserve list.
The Bengals (5-5) will get a long rest, coming off Thursday Night Football, before hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at home on Sunday afternoon in Week 12. The Steelers are coming off a close three-point loss to the Cleveland Browns last week.
According to DraftKings, the Steelers are favored by one point at Paycor Stadium next Sunday. The over/under is 34.5 points, so oddsmakers are projecting a low-scoring affair between these two bitter rivals.
The Bengals without Burrow will obviously be hampered, despite the star power on the offensive side of the ball. They’ll be facing off against a tough Steelers defense that knows how to sack the quarterback and has given up the fifth-fewest passing touchdowns in the league as we pass the halfway point of the season. Zac Taylor and company could shift the offense to a more run-heavy version.
The Steelers also come into this Week 12 matchup with an offense that has struggled to score. Kenny Pickett leads one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL, and their rushing attack is in the bottom half of the league. They have only scored 14 touchdowns so far this season, which is the fourth-fewest in the NFL.
Look for this game to be a low-scoring AFC North slugfest.