The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals meet in week 12 NFL action from Paycor Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Let’s preview this game and give out a Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals prediction.
Steelers Fall Short Vs. Browns
The Pittsburgh Steelers come into this one looking to rebound after a 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns in their last matchup. Kenny Pickett has thrown for 1,722 yards, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 60.5% passing while Najee Harris has a team-high 499 rushing yards and Jaylen Warren has 493 rushing yards on the year. George Pickens has a team-high 37 receptions for 604 yards and 3 touchdowns while Diontae Johnson has 335 receiving yards and Jaylen Warren has 234 receiving yards. Four more Steeler receivers have 100+ receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Elandon Roberts has a team-high 71 total tackles while T.J. Watt has a team-high 11.5 sacks and Damontae Kazee and Levi Wallace each have a pair of interceptions.
Pittsburgh Steelers Team Facts
The Steelers have won each of their last six games following a loss.
The Steelers have covered the spread in each of their last six games following a loss.
The Steelers have scored the first touchdown in five of their last six games following a loss.
The Steelers have lost the first half in 10 of their last 11 games as favorites against AFC opponents.
The Steelers have lost the first quarter in seven of their last eight games as road favorites against AFC opponents.
Bengals Fall To Ravens
The Cincinnati Bengals come into this one after a 34-20 loss to Baltimore dropped them to 5-5 on the year. Joe Burrow has thrown for 2,309 yards, 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 66.8% passing but is slated to miss the rest of the season due to injury while Joe Mixon has 605 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Ja’Marr Chase has a team-high 71 grabs for 833 yards and 6 touchdowns while Tyler Boyd has 439 receiving yards. Tee Higgins has 328 receiving yards and another three Bengals have 100+ receiving yards this season. On defense, Logan Wilson has a team-high 79 total tackles with 3 interceptions while Germaine Pratt has 71 total tackles. Trey Hendrickson leads the Bengals with 9.5 sacks while Cam Taylor-Britt has a team-high 4 interceptions.
Cincinnati Bengals Team Facts
The Bengals have won nine of their last 10 games at Paycor Stadium against teams that held a winning record.
The Bengals have covered the spread in seven of their last eight games as underdogs following a Division game.
The Bengals have won the first half in each of their last four games as home underdogs against the Steelers.
The Bengals have scored the first touchdown in seven of their last eight home games against AFC opponents.
The Bengals have won the first quarter in eight of their last 10 games as home underdogs against AFC opponents.
The Bengals rank 31st in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game this season (138.3).
The Bengals rank T2nd in the NFL in interceptions this season (12).
The Steelers rank 31st in the NFL in passing yards per game this season (170.0).
The Steelers rank T2nd in the NFL in forced fumbles this season (13).
I’m leaning towards the Steelers here. The problem for the Steelers for the majority of the year so far has been the offense, but Pittsburgh fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada on Tuesday, and I think a new voice will breathe some new life into the Steelers offensively. The Bengals are in hot water without Joe Burrow and I think against this Steeler pass rush, the Bengals are in even more trouble. Give me Pittsburgh.