Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers : The Cincinnati Bengals travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS. Cincinnati enters 6-9 coming off a 26-18 loss against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers are 8-6-1 after losing to the New Orleans Saints 31-28 on Sunday.
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Here’s a look at three keys to Sunday’s game and our predictions: The Pittsburgh Steelers will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday for a critical regular-season finale between bitter AFC North foes.
The good news is that the Steelers still have a shot at winning their third straight AFC North title. The bad news is that simply beating the Bengals (6-9) won’t be enough to make that happen. Pittsburgh also needs Cleveland to upset current division leader Baltimore.
After missing the last three games with a high ankle sprain, Conner was non-committal about his status for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, stating only “It’s getting better” in reference to his injured ankle. He’s also listed as questionable on the official injury report. However, Conner did practice in full both Wednesday and Thursday, providing more than just a glimpse of hope that he will play in the pivotal regular-season finale.
For obvious reasons, his return could not come at a better time for the Steelers. Despite rookie backup Jalen Samuels’ 142-yard breakout performance in the win over the Patriots, the Steelers have averaged just 87 rushing yards per game with just one touchdown on the ground in Conner’s three-game absence. Pittsburgh also went 1-2 during that stretch.
Over the course of the season, Cincinnati has lost starting quarterback Andy Dalton, star wide receivers A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, Pro Bowl tight end Tyler Eifert and starting right tackle Jake Fisher to name a few. Outside of San Francisco, it’s safe to say that there isn’t an offense in the NFL that has been more ravaged by injury than that of the snake-bitten Bengals. And now, Cincinnati’s makeshift offense will limp into Pittsburgh in an attempt to fight the good fight.
The good news is that Cincinnati does have one standout player left standing on offense. Despite missing two games this season himself, running back Joe Mixon leads the AFC with 1,063 rushing yards to go along with eight rushing touchdowns. He also has 294 receiving yards and a touchdown on 42 receptions.