Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Preview And Where To Watch Online: A Batle of Desperate Rivals
The Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) come into Pittsburgh to face the Steelers (7-7) in what may be the most important match-up of the week. Giants-Ravens and 49ers-Seahawks will give the game a run for its money, but on paper, the idea of two bitter divisional rivals battling to eliminate each other from playoff contention wins out.
Of course that’s on paper. In reality the Steelers are sliding and desperately trying to hold on to the remnants of a season that has been devastated by injury and terrible play at essential points. Meanwhile the Bengals have gone hot then cold then hot again to be a shade above .500.
So this could be called the changing of the guard, the surging Bengals are replacing the ageing, floundering Steelers. But not so quick. The Bengals were unable to make much of an impact when they faced the Steelers earlier this year. Despite leading 14-3 at one point, the Bengals collapsed spectacularly and the Steelers walked away 24-17 victors.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys Preview and Where To Watch Online: America's Team vs. "The World's Team"
One of the most back-handed compliments a Chargers fan ever gave their quarterback, Philip Rivers was to call him ‘the Tony Romo of the AFC’. Romo, the Dallas Cowboys (7-6) quarterback has been frustratingly inconsistent throughout his career, combining spectacular plays with boneheaded decisions and late-season collapses.
When the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) come to town, the Cowboys will need ‘spectacular play Romo’ to take the field. Both teams are neck deep in the playoff hunt but could be said to be sinking fast. In both divisions, it is still a three team race, with the possibility that anyone could take the divisional crown, secure a wildcard spot or miss the playoffs completely.
A victory by the Cincinnati Bengals over the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night puts added pressure on the Steelers who are still within breathing distance of AFC North leaders, the Baltimore Ravens. In the NFC East, current division leaders, the New York Giants take on likely NFC first-seed, the Atlanta Falcons giving the Cowboys and Redskins a chance to catch-up if New York slips.
The highlight of the Washington Redskins trip to the Cleveland Browns, won't be the quarterback duel between Robert Griffin III and Brandon Weeden.
No, it will be the matchup between rookie running backs Alfred Morris and Trent Richardson. They were selected at opposite ends of the draft, but they have both impressed in the pros.
The Browns traded up to take Richardson with the third overall pick. The ex-Alabama star was considered the most complete running back in 2012's draft.
Morris meanwhile, had to wait until the sixth round to hear his name called. The Redskins were probably a dream destination.
That's because head coach Mike Shanahan specialises in producing 1,000-yard runners in the pros. Morris has emerged from obscurity to become Shanahan's latest late-round find at the position.
He is dominating the more high-profile Richardson statistically. Morris has rushed for 1,235 yards in 13 starts. He is averaging 4.9 yards a carry and has seven rushing touchdowns to his credit.
The Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) still have their destiny in their own hands, but after last week’s devastating buzzer-beating loss to the Cowboys in Ohio that snapped a four game winning streak, a win in tonight’s game against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles is a must for Marvin Lewis’s men if they are to reach the playoffs for a second consecutive year.
One of the major obstacles the Bengals must overcome is complacency – throughout their history, the Bengals simply haven’t been able to be complacent as they’ve barely ever been good enough to beat anybody, though they boast a 4-3 winning record against the Eagles in Philadelphia and own the all-time series 7-3-1. The Eagles showed last week with their walk off victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay that while they might not have any playoff aspirations remaining after a seven game slide, they have a lot of talent, and many of their playing and coaching staff are now performing with their jobs on the line, such as Andy Reid, the longest tenured coach in the league, and backup quarterback Nick Foles who has shown brief flashes in relief of the injured and clapped out, concussed Michael Vick.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Preview: Baltimore Looks To Sweep Black And Gold Two Years In Row
The divisional rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) and the Baltimore Ravens (9-2) has reached its second round. What was a significantly more intriguing match-up earlier in the season is now likely to be the playoff-clinching win the Ravens require.
Pittsburgh’s chances largely hinge on the health of quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger. If he can suit up and play at a high level, and that is a big if, will go a long way to determining Pittsburgh’s fate in the match.
It seems unlikely that former third-string quarterback, Charlie Batch, the Steelers’ run game and its defence can win on the road when back-up quarterback, Byron Leftwich and the Steelers’ running-backs and defence could not do so at home two weeks ago.