Steelers vs. Bengals (Wk. 8)
The next 3 games for the Steelers are against AFC North Rivals. Assuming the Steelers can win all three of these games they could add some serious distance between themselves and all the others. Cincinnati is coming off a come from behind win last weekend against the the lonely Jets. I'm not convinced that is a confidence building win just because it was the J-E-T-S! Besides, since Mr. Chad is a band wagoner himself, rumors are starting to fly that he wants out. So... right now the Bengals just aren't looking good and have a lot of unknowns especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Pittsburgh is coming off a last second loss last weekend after experimenting in the first half only to come storming back in the second half to tie the game with a minute to go. The last time the Steelers lost they responded with an impressive beating of the Seahawks, so we know Tomlin can at least turn the ship around fairly quickly to get this Steelers team back where they need to be... in the W column!
Flat out... the Bengals defense SUCKS! It's a good thing they at least have some what of an offense that has kept them in some of their games. Big Ben should be able to pick apart of the Bengals and have a career day while a lot of the other guys like, Ward, Holmes and FWP should have as well.
When it comes to the Bengals offense, all they really have is a passing game but you can probably equate that to being behind and completely eliminating the running game (ranked 21st) and relying on the pass. Plus, there was the one game against Cleveland where Palmer threw for 25% of his total yards on the season. The Steelers defense, still ranked first in the league, had a little bump in the road last week. Watch for them to respond in a big way again this weekend and cause havoc on the Bengals!
Join us this Sunday here in the gameday thread as we talk about the game and cheer our Steelers to a victory! :cope: