CINCINNATI (1-1) at PITTSBURGH (1-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS
OPENING LINE: Steelers by 3, in step with FanDuel SportsBook.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Cincinnati 2-0; Pittsburgh 1-1.
SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 67-36.
LAST MEETING: Bengals beat Steelers 27-17 on Dec. 21, 2020 in Cincinnati.
LAST WEEK: Bengals lost to Bears 20-17; Steelers lost to Raiders 26-17.
BENGALS OFFENSE: OVERALL (24), RUSH (18), PASS (28), SCORING (20).
BENGALS DEFENSE: OVERALL (6), RUSH (11), PASS (9), SCORING (10T).
STEELERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (32), PASS (18), SCORING (24T).
STEELERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (22), RUSH (10), PASS (29), SCORING (9).
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Bengals minus-2; Steelers even.
BENGALS PLAYER TO WATCH: DT D.J. Reader. The big 6-foot-3, 347-pound Reader is healthy, and Cincinnati’s trot defense has been solid as a consequence. He picked up his first sack since 2019 remaining week against Chicago and his presence in the middle also can manufacture it subtle for the Steelers to acquire noteworthy operating room for rookie RB Najee Harris.
STEELERS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Stride Claypool. The second-yr wideout has change into no doubt one of many finest deep threats in the league and hauled in a 52-yard heave from QB Ben Roethlisberger remaining week. Maybe the finest formulation for Pittsburgh to leap-commence the league’s 32nd-ranked operating game is by stretching the defense to offer build for Harris to work.
KEY MATCHUP: Pittsburgh’s struggling offensive line against Cincinnati’s defensive front. The Steelers are remaining in the NFL in speeding thru two weeks and face a Bengals defense allowing staunch 3.4 yards per raise. With Roethlisberger banged-up, Pittsburgh desperately needs to fetch something going on the flooring to acquire some stress off the 39-yr-oldschool quarterback.
KEY INJURIES: WR Tee Higgins (shoulder), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (knee) and CB Trae Waynes (hamstring) ignored observe time this week. … DL Larry Ogunjobi has a groin pain. … Pittsburgh’s pain listing is lengthy and involves Roethlisberger (pectoral), LBs T.J. Watt (groin), Alex Highsmith (groin) and Devin Bush (groin) as well to CB Joe Haden (groin) and WR Diontae Johnson (knee). DT Tyson Alualu went on injured reserve this week after breaking his magnificent ankle.
SERIES NOTES: Pittsburgh has dominated the Bengals for the upper piece of the remaining three decades and has obtained 14 of the remaining 16 meetings general. Cincinnati’s upset dwelling possess remaining December, alternatively, hinted on the cracks rising in what grew to change into Pittsburgh’s 1-5 roam to discontinue the season following an 11-0 commence. … The Steelers private obtained 5 straight against the Bengals at Heinz Field. … Bengals QB Joe Burrow restful is having a watch for his first victory against an AFC North opponent (0-4). … Roethlisberger is 26-7 against Cincinnati.
STATS AND STUFF: Burrow struggled in his lone commence against the Steelers remaining season, winding up 21 of 40 for 213 yards and a touchdown while getting sacked four times. The tip general desire in the 2020 draft will are trying to enhance after throwing interceptions on three consecutive snaps in a loss remaining week to Chicago. … Cincinnati RB Joe Mixon is averaging a healthy 5.2 yards per raise in six profession games against Pittsburgh. … The Bengals are 9-7 when Mixon has no now not as a lot as 20 carries. … Cincinnati P Kevin Huber will play in his 193rd game, transferring previous former QB Ken Anderson into third-build on the team’s games played listing. … Roethlisberger needs two TD passes to change into the eighth participant in NFL history to reach 400 in his profession. … The Steelers are attempting to steer clear of shedding their first two dwelling games of the season for staunch the third time since 2000 (2013, 2018). … Harris is averaging staunch 3.2 yards per raise thru two games. The former Alabama famous particular person simplest averaged below 3.2 yards per raise once in four years with the Crimson Tide. … The Steelers private 5 sacks thru two games but struggled to generate stress after Watt exited in the second quarter remaining week. Las Vegas QB Derek Carr threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns in the second half with Watt watching from the sideline in sweatpants. … Pittsburgh’s defensive depth could be examined. With Alualu and Stephon Tuitt (knee) out, Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs and rookie Isaiahh Lowdermilk decide to fetch extra snaps against an offensive line that also can heavily on RB Mixon.
FANTASY TIP: Bengals rookie WR Ja’Marr Stride is averaging 22.1 yards per reception and has scored a touchdown in every of his first two games. He faces a Pittsburgh secondary that could be shorthanded all over again. If the Steelers can’t place stress on Burrow, Stride also can private a spacious day.
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