Cincinnati (6-0) at Pittsburgh (4-3)
When: Sunday, November 1st 2015
Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: CBS
The Cincinnati Bengals look to keep their perfect record in tact as they visit AFC North rival Pittsburgh Sunday in Heinz Field. The Bengals have the third ranked offense in the league thanks to a career year for quarterback Andy Dalton. Cincinnati averages 410 yards of offense per game and 30.3 points per contest. Dalton has thrown 14 touchdowns to only 2 interceptions this year while compiling a 116.1 QB rating. A.J. Green continues to be Dalton’s deep threat catching 35 passes for 531 yards, but tight-end Tyler Eifert has been his favorite target. The Notre Dame graduate is enjoying his best season with 28 receptions and 6 scores. Starting running back Jeremy Hill is not having a great season running the ball, giving way to Giovani Bernard. Hill is only averaging 3.1 yards per carry while Bernard is averaging 5.5. Bernard also has 18 catches out of the backfield. Defensively, the Bengals aren’t terrific surrendering over 20 points in four straight games. They’re ranked 21st against the pass and 17th against the rush. Cincinnati has lost 8 of the last 10 to Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are looking to stay in the AFC North race with a win today. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is back under center after missing the last four weeks with a sprained left knee. Pittsburgh managed to split the four games he missed to keep them in it, much better than what the Cowboys are doing without Tony Romo (0-4). Before Roethlisberger got hut, he was completing a career best 75% of his passes and had a 113.1 QB rating. Wide receiver Antonio Brown and TE Heath Miller both suffered in Ben’s absence. Brown was averaging 145 yards a game with two scores in the first three games, but has since only broke 100 yards once and does not have a touchdown. Miller caught 12 passes with Roethlisberger, but only has 5 in has last four games. The Steelers’ defense is stingy against the run, holding opponents to under 100 yards a game. They’re 27th against the pass, so they need to plug those holes before Dalton picks them apart.
Roethlisberger makes such a huge difference to this team. With Brown and Martavis Bryant on the outside and the running game of Le’Veon Bell, this offense is tough to stop. Cincinnati has a solid team, but history shows that Dalton gets worse as the weather gets colder. The Steelers will be up for this game and I see them winning by a touchdown.
Pick: Steelers PK