On Sunday afternoon the Cincinnati Bengals will face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Bengals are 6-9 and will look to play spoiler in this one. The Steelers are 8-5-1 and are in the playoffs with a win and a Ravens loss to the Browns.
Both Teams Coming Off of Losses
The Bengals are coming off a 26-18 loss to the Cleveland Browns and will cap off a disappointing season in Pittsburgh. Jeff Driskel has been the starting quarterback for the Bengals for the past few weeks after Andy Dalton went down with a thumb injury. Against the Browns, Driskel went 13 for 19 for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns and had no interceptions. The leading receiver was C. J. Uzomah, who has been the starting right end with Tyler Eifert out for the year, and he had 4 catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Joe Mixon led the Bengals on the ground, turning 17 carries into 68 yards. The Bengals did not score a rushing touchdown in the game.
The Steelers are coming off a heartbreaking 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints last week. The Steelers led for most of the fourth quarter but the Saints scored a go-ahead touchdown with a minute and a half left to steal the game. Ben Roethlisberger had an incredible game, going 33 for 50 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns with zero interceptions. Antonio Brown also had a superb game. Brown hauled in 14 catches for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jaylen Samuels led the backfield with 53 yards on 12 carries. The Steelers has 2 lost fumbles in the game, one by Steven Ridley and another by JuJu Smith-Schuster late that was costly.
Bengals Have Had a Rough Year
The Bengals have had a terrible year on both sides of the ball and have dealt with a ton of injuries throughout the season. The offense ranks 25th in the league in total yards per game with 318 and 15th in points with 24. They are 23rd in passing yards and 22nd in rushing yards, with 215 and 104 per game, respectively. The defense has been worse, ranking dead last in both total yards allowed and points allowed, with 418 and 29 per game. They allow 276 passing yards and 143 rushing yards per game which is 30th and 29th in the NFL.
The Steelers have been solid on both sides of the ball this season. The offense ranks 4th in the league in both total yards per game and points per game with 407 and 28, respectively. They are 2nd in passing yards with 315 and 31st in rushing yards with 92 a game. The defense has been solid too, ranking 9th in total yards allowed with 336 and 15th in points allowed with 23 per game. They allow 242 passing yards and 94 rushing yards per game which is 16th and 6th in the NFL.
Steelers vs. Bengals Prediction
The Steelers come in at -14.5. Even though the numbers say the Steelers should blow the Bengals out of the water, these rivalry games are usually close. The Bengals season has been a complete disappointment but would be able to salvage a little bit of happiness if they are able to knock the Steelers out of playoff contention. Expect this one to stay close throughout with the Steelers winning by 7-10 points. Take the Bengals +14.5.
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