The AFC North is an intriguing battle, but one that the Bengals have a grasp on...for now. The 4-1 Bengals have quietly been one of the best teams in the NFL thus far, falling under the radar past the first quarter point of the season. Things could get even more interesting if the Steelers come to Cincinnati Sunday and hand the Bengals their first home loss of the season. While it has been a rocky start on and off the field for the Steelers, they had a convincing 41-17 win against the Falcons last week to get to 2-2-1. Steelers-Bengals is always a juicy matchup as these teams form an intense rivalry. This should be an AFC North doozy.
How to Watch Bengals vs. Steelers: Week 6
Where: Cincinnati, Ohio
Start: Sunday, Oct. 14, 1:00 p.m. ET
TV Network: CBS
Stream Online: Watch live with fuboTV
It’s been a drama-filled five games for the Steelers, who are expected to finally get back a guy that has been the cause of a lot of it. Le’Veon Bell is supposed to return to the team next week -- if he’s still a member of the Steelers. James Conner has done a solid job in Bell’s place, and he probably is still going to see playing time even when Bell returns. It surely helped that Conner had a career day against the Falcons last week, rushing for 110 yards and two TDs and receiving for 75. Ben Roethlisberger has made it clear that he still wants to see Conner get to play when Bell is back. This team looked like their usual selves last week as they clicked on all cylinders, and Antonio Brown had plenty of reasons to be happy, finishing with 101 yards and two TDs. While the Steelers defense is suspect, when their offense stays on the field and scores at will like that, this team has plenty of time to keep it rolling. Pittsburgh has also dominated the Bengals head-to-head, winning six straight, nine of their last 10, 14 of 17, and 19 of their last 24.
While the Steelers have had the bragging rights when they go up against each other, the Bengals have a chance to take a comfortable lead over their rival with a home win. They won both their home games by double figures, including a 27-17 win fueled by two defensive touchdowns last week over the Dolphins. Not just that, they were down 17-0 and dropped 24 points in the 4th quarter to win. Their defense has a tougher task ahead in this Steelers offense Sunday and then the Chiefs offense next week. They are going to need to come after Big Ben in hopes of ending their misery against Pittsburgh. Andy Dalton has looked good so far this season but needs to do it over an extended period. We have seen Dalton go stretches where he looks good, and then go stretches where he looks awful. He’s been able to connect with A.J. Green and Tyler Body all season, who have combined for seven TDs and 802 yards through five games. This could be the Bengals opportunity for a statement win to get more people talking and give them some respect.