In case you are living under a rock, let me state the obvious: Sunday’s game is huge. Not your typical “big game” huge. Assuming there’s no apocalypse on Friday, Sunday’s tilt in Pittsburgh becomes the equivalent of a large meteor hurling towards the earth.
- The Bengals have won 5 of their last 6 games. The Steelers, meanwhile, have lost 4 of their last five.
- Pittsburgh most recent home game was a 34-24 loss to the Chargers, whom the Bengals defeated in San Diego the previous week.
- Turnovers decide games. The Steelers have a minus-14 turnover differential right now. The Bengals are plus-3.
- Pittsburgh’s top corner back, Ike Taylor, has been ruled out, forcing back-up DB Cortez Allen to draw coverage against Bengals pro bowler A.J. Green. Allen himself is still recovering from a hip flexor injury that forced him out earlier this year.
- The Bengals are 4-point underdogs. Every fan knows the Bengals play better as dogs.
- The Bengals are 5-2 on the road this season.
- And perhaps the least scientific reason: After 5 consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, the Bengals are simply due. How many losses in a row can we sustain before we simply play better, and get more breaks than the other guy?