Steelers Are the Underdog as They Host the Bengals at Home
The Steelers are considered the underdog. At home. Against the Bengals.
As my partner, TiqIQ, has shown, tickets are dirt cheap for this game. I can't even remember the last time you could get 100 level tickets for less than $50. And this is a highly coveted prime time Sunday Night Football game.
The Bengals are 9-4 and will likely clinch the division with a win at Heinz field and a Baltimore loss in Detroit. The last time the Steelers met the Bengals earlier in September, the Bengals won 20-10. This weekend, I don't think the outcome will be much different.
Unfortunately, the Steelers defense has been giving up big plays, many of 50 yards or longer. The big plays will be the difference maker. And of those big plays, it's often in nickel coverage when Troy is playing like a linebacker. Whether or not that's the right coverage for what the offense is showing, I can't answer, but when he's not playing his traditional safety position, big plays are happening. And it's not just the passing game. Teams have been able to effectively run against the Steelers too.
The Steelers offense is improving, the productivity of the O-line depends on who is injured at any given time, but Ben being Ben - he pulls it out somehow. The Bengals were able to contain both the run and Antonio Brown the last time they met, which will be a problem, especially with Jericho Cotchery possibly out.
While I think the Steelers won't let this game be a blowout, I think the Bengals win 31-28 with a second half rally by the Steelers.
No one likes to lose, and hopefully this season leads to better chemistry among all the players, this is getting to be no fun to watch!