The, so far, disappointing Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals this week in primetime on Sunday Night Football on NBC. The game will kick-off at 8:20 PM ET in Ohio and will feature two AFC North teams that know each other very well. The Steelers come into the game after a tough loss last Thursday to the Titans, which saw many of their offensive lineman go down and may have exposed the Steelers shaky defensive secondary. The Bengals also lost last week to the Cleveland Browns who may have exposed the Bengals issues at stopping the run.
The Steelers come into the game at just 2-3 on the season and would be in very unfamiliar territory with a loss. Since they played a Thursday game last week, they did get some extra time to get healthy. Hopefully they also used that time to study and figure out the problems they have had this season as well. They have had some significant issues with injuries that have really cost the team. The running game has been affected by the banged up Rashad Mendenhall and the Defense has struggled without the presence of Troy Polomalu. They must make the corrections and have other guys step up if they wish to avoid a 2-4 start.
The Bengals hope to stay afloat in the division with a win and could do so Sunday. They are back at home after a tough interstate road loss to the Browns last week. They have remained healthy and still have the pieces they want for the game, but have struggled stopping the run and getting success running the ball on offense. A strong game in these areas would certainly produce a win given their great offensive passing attack. Either way, this should be a tough hard-hitting game to watch this Sunday.