AFC Game Of The Week
Steelers (7-5) at Bengals (10-2)
Steelers: When I was on the radio, I stated that Seattle is a team you don’t want to face come playoff time. I said the same exact thing about the Pittsburgh Steelers as well. They are clicking and winning football games at a very important time. You see how much Ben means to this offense because without him, they are lost. I really like what DeAngelo Williams has been to this Steelers offense. He’s not a starter anymore and he knows that but he’s been extremely productive and has given them balance since teams aren’t loading the box so much on the Steelers. That leads me to my next thought about Antonio Brown. What can’t Brown do for you? I saw him split so many double teams on Sunday against the Colts. Even if he has a little bit of space, he can make something happen. This is a big game for the Steelers as they look to continue the winning streak in Cincinnati.
Bengals: If the playoffs started today, the Cincinnati Bengals would be the AFC’s one seed. They’ve had a great year and I’m not going to take that away from them. We still need to see what they can do in January because they’ve been a great regular season team for so many years but when it comes to the playoffs, they are nowhere to be found. Andy Dalton has put together a very solid season. 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions. To me, this team is at their best with a healthy Geno Atkins on the field and he’s dominating the line of scrimmage. The Bengals are closing in on their fourth division title under Marvin Lewis since 2005 and they’ll have to be ready for the Steelers on Sunday.
Prediction: When they last met, Roethlisberger was just returning from his knee injury and you could tell that he wasn’t himself. He threw three interceptions and was sacked three times and the Bengals came back to win the game, 16-10. Six weeks later, this is a different looking team. Roethlisberger can’t turn the ball over on this defense. They are a very opportunistic unit that can force a turnover and then turn it into points. The Bengals have to run the ball so their offense doesn’t become one-dimensional and keep Andy Dalton protected because the Steelers will be coming for him. I like the Steelers in this one. Steelers 31 Bengals 21