The Steelers, after dealing with key injuries for a good art of the current season, have gotten important players back and, as a result, are playing as well as any team in the league. After twelve games, Pittsburgh sports a Won-Loss record of 7-5, is scoring points “in bunches” and is one of the hottest, most dangerous teams in the AFC.
The Steelers are even more dangerous than their recent performances seem to indicate because this team is currently seeded seventh and only six teams in the conference make it to postseason play. Pittsburgh’s management and players know that it is critically important for them to “win out” if they want to have any chance of playing in January.
This game’s home team, the Cincinnati Bengals, has been great all season. The Bengals are in first place in the North Division of the AFC, three games ahead of Pittsburgh with a Won-Loss record of 10-2. It is unlikely that the Bengals are concerned about a loss to the visiting Steelers and the chance that Pittsburgh can actually catch them with only four games remaining to be played.
But, Cincinnati wants and needs to keep winning in order to get a first game Bye when the playoffs begin. This squad also wants to turn Sunday’s contest into a “statement game,” one in which it topples the Steelers and reminds them that it is the team to beat in the postseason.
With both teams having so much at stake in this Sunday afternoon’s game, fans in attendance should be treated to a “real slugfest,” a game that is highlighted by heavy hitting, exciting plays and lots of action. The Bengals have been tough to beat all season. Their 10-2 record proves that. Franchise quarterback Andy Dalton is having the best year of his still-young career. And Cincinnati’s defense has been able to shut down most opposing offenses.
Pittsburgh, now that it has “righted its ship,” has become something of an offensive juggernaut. Ben Roethlisberger, also known as “Big Ben,” has been rifling perfect spirals downfield to speedy wide receivers like Antonio Brown and the Steelers have been outscoring teams that line up against them.
It is easy to believe that this game could turn out to be a high-scoring affair that is won by the last team to get control of the ball offensively. But, with so much on the line, it may well turn out to be a tightly-played, low-scoring game dominated by each squad’s defense.
Whichever way it plays out, this game should be a real nail-biter.
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