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"It's going to be bloody on both sides," Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones said of Sunday’s battle against the Steelers. Answered Steelers guard David DeCastro, "We don't like them and they don't like us."

Looking to keep their postseason hopes alive, the Steelers visit the first place Cincinnati Bengals in what promises to be one of the most hotly contested games of the weekend this Sunday. The Bengals knocked off the Steelers at Heinz Field six weeks ago, ending running back Le’Veon Bell’s season in the process, and the Steelers have something to prove.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati
Dec. 13, 2015
1 p.m. on CBS
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

What’s on the Line: At one time, the Steelers hoped this game would be played with the AFC North title on the line. But the 7-5 Steelers are just trying to stay alive in the playoff race, while a win would clinch the division for the Bengals. A win would also give the Bengals a season sweep, something they’ve only accomplished one time under head coach Marvin Lewis. Since 2003, the Steelers have swept the Bengals six times. Expect the game to be an especially physical one.

Key Player: Cincinnati Free Safety Reggie Nelson. Nelson has made a career out of terrorizing the Steelers. His hit on Bell in last year’s season finale knocked the Steelers running back out of the playoffs. Nelson had two interceptions in the Bengals 16-14 at Heinz Field on Nov. 1, one of which stalled a late drive and put the Bengals in position to win. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the game, his first after missing four games with a knee injury. “I played bad football,” Roethlisberger said this week of his performance in the loss.

Of Note: Roethlisberger has six touchdown passes in the last three games against the Bengals

Injury Report: Despite saying on Wednesday that he wouldn't play, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones has the cast removed from his injured foot on Thursday and has not yet been ruled out by the team. Safety George Iloka (groin) has not practiced, but tight end Tyler Eifort (neck) has returned and is expected to return to the lineup. Tackle Jake Fisher (concussion) and cornerback Leon Hall (back) were both limited during the week.

Steelers tight end Heath Miller, who missed the team's win over the Colts last week with a rib injury, practiced in a limited capacity this week. Miller's status on Sunday is still unknown. Fellow tight end Matt Spaeth, who is battling knee soreness, is expected to play on Sunday. Linebacker Sean Spence is also expected back on the field after missing the Colts game with a bad hamstring.

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