Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-5)
Game Info: Sunday, November 26th, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. EST (Paycor Stadium)
Betting Odds: Steelers ML (-135) - Over/Under (36.5)
Pick: Steelers ML (-135)
It is already week 12 of the NFL season and teams are starting to flesh out the playoff picture more and more each and every week. This game here on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati will be one of the most important games of this season in terms of the AFC North division, and the AFC playoff picture heading into the last six weeks of the year. As the winner of this game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati would likely keep themselves alive in the division title race, and the loser would have plenty of work to do to grab a wildcard spot heading into the last six weeks of the year. Both of these teams come into this game dealing with injury issues as they have all season long and both of them come into this game feeling like it’s a must win situation to keep their season alive as well.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a roller coaster of a season, but one thing is for certain they are in playoff contention heading into the final stretch of the year. They have arguably defied expectations throughout the early part of the year as everyone expected them to be well out of the playoff race. By the time the end of the season came around. A lot of people doubted Mike Tomlin’s ability to lead this team to a winning record and that is something that he has done and every single year of his coaching career with the Pittsburgh Steelers as he has yet to record a losing record during his time as the head coach of the team.
Pittsburgh comes into this game with six victories through their first 10 games of the season and they will be searching for their seventh victory of the year here on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals. They will be looking to bounce back after losing the Cleveland Browns in their previous game, and a victory in this game would keep Pittsburgh in the AFC North division title race, as well as firmly established in the AFC wildcard race heading into the end of the regular season. Pittsburgh has been somewhat successful throughout the early part of the year as they do have a victory over both Cleveland and Baltimore within the division. They will be looking for their third victory within the division here on Sunday afternoon against Cincinnati.
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The Cincinnati Bengals had a rough start of the year, and as soon as they were finding their stride, they lost their starting quarterback Joe Burrow to a season ending injury. Cincinnati will be looking to finish out the year with Jake Browning at the quarterback position as they look to make a late season playoff run. It starts with grabbing a victory in this game on Sunday afternoon at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cincinnati fails to grab a victory in this game, it would likely be the final dagger in their season, as it would put them on the outside looking in in a very competitive AFC wildcard race, and it will make it hard to recover from unless they win the remaining six games on their schedule.
It really is unfortunate timing for the Cincinnati Bengals as they were finally getting going in the right direction when Joe Burrow went down with his season ending injury. It awaits to be seen if they have the talent on their roster to get the job done, even without their superstar quarterback leading the way throughout their last seven games of the regular season. They come to this game with five victories through their first 10 games of the season as they are at .500 heading into the back half of their schedule. A victory in this game for the Cincinnati Bengals would give them plenty of momentum, heading into the remaining schedule and it would give them an upper hand on potentially making a playoff appearance this season, whether as the winning team in the AFC North division, or as a wildcard team in the AFC.
Betting trends to consider in this matchup:
- Pittsburgh is 2-1 as a favorite this season
- Pittsburgh is 2-1 in the AFC North division
- Cincinnati is 0-3 in the AFC North division
This is going to be a close and competitive game between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and it will likely go all the way down to the wire. In the end I do look for Pittsburgh to pull out the victory as they are a little bit healthier than Cincinnati and I look for them to find a way to grab the win despite being on the road here on Sunday afternoon. I just think that the loss of Joe Burrow will be too much for the Cincinnati Bengals to overcome throughout the remainder of the regular season, and I look for Pittsburgh to take advantage of that, and make the necessary plays late to pick up the victory in this game on Sunday.
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