UnitedHealthcare Health insurance that includes all Western PA hospitals
Sunday August 7 2022
Leave this field empty.

Steelers-Bengals Preview Capsule

PSR Logo
The Steelers welcome back quarterback Ben Roethlisberger just in time for their biggest game of the year when the AFC North leaders, the undefeated Cincinnati Bengals, come to town on Sunday.

Pittsburgh was able to keep their head above water in Roethlisberger’s absence, going 2-2 with Michael Vick and Landry Jones under center, but Sunday’s contest looms as a must-win if the Steelers want to have any shot at winning the division.

 

Pittsburgh (4-3) vs. Cincinnati (6-0)
Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
1 p.m. on CBS
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.

What’s on the Line: It is the first matchup between the Steelers and the first-place Bengals. Cincinnati is coming off a bye, and Pittsburgh is coming off a tough loss to the Chiefs. A win against the Bengals is crucial for Pittsburgh’s division standings. While a loss would not be a devastating blow to the Steelers playoff chances, it would virtually end any chance they have of winning the AFC North.

Key Player: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben is making his much anticipated return for the Steelers after being out since the third quarter of the team's Week 3 win at St. Louis. The question will be whether or not he can continue the success he was having prior to his injury. The Bengals offense has been spectacular -- and balanced -- this season. Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill power the running game, while Andy Dalton is off to the best start of his career. He has found a comfort-level with tight end Tyler Eifert and has game-breakers in A.J. Green and marvin Jones, while Mohamed Sanu still adds a deep threat that secondaries are forced to acknowledge. Roethlisberger must be the best quarterback on the field on Sunday, because the Bengals will surely get their points against the Steelers defense.

Worth Noting: The Steelers have swept the season series three times since 2010, and have won by 10 or more points in the last three meetings.

Injury Report: Roethlisberger (MCL) was a full participant in practice in Wednesday and told NFL Media that he'll practice fully this week: "If there's a restriction, I shouldn't be out there." Defensive end Stephen Tuitt (knee) and cornerback William Gay (shoulder) did not practice.

Share
PSR VIDEO
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Penguins TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Penguins TV Channel
See video
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3Penguins TV Channel
Josh Bell had not hit a walk-off home run since he was a member of the Altoona Curve in 2015. He changed that Friday with a soaring shot for the left field loonies.
Custom 1North Shore Notes
Francisco Cervelli is as passionate about the current state of Venezuela as anybody you'll find. Last month, the Pirates' catcher spoke passionately about the movement, his country's state of affairs and the future of Venezuela.
Custom 2North Shore NotesPress Room
Gustav Nyquist and Jimmy Howard led the way for the Red Wings, who landed Pittsburgh its fourth straight regulation loss.
Blue LineCustom 3Press Room
Monday night was more than a game. For Jameson Taillon, it was another heave in an ongoing push to liberation from a disease that can break down the toughest of men.
Custom 4North Shore NotesPress Room