It’s been 31 years since the Cincinnati Bengals won three straight games over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Boomer Esiason was the Bengals’ quarterback, Chuck Noll was the Steelers’ coach, and the hit Christmas movie “Home Alone” had just hit the theaters.
A Bengals win on Sunday would do more than repeat history. A Cincy win over the Steelers would create a considerable gap between the two teams in the AFC North division race as well as the wild-card race. At 6-4, the Bengals are currently on the inside in the AFC playoff picture, while the Steelers, who are 5-4-1 after dropping last week’s game to the Chargers, are currently on the outside looking in. And considering what opponents lie ahead, the Steelers are in need of a win on Sunday to improve their odds at making the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
We’ll preview the game along with giving our prediction for Sunday’s outcome. Here’s how you can follow the action in real time.
How to watch
Date: Sunday, Nov. 29 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, Ohio)
TV: CBS | Stream: Paramount+ (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Bengals -4.5, 45
When the Steelers have the ball
Pittsburgh’s offense, despite scoring a season-high 37 points in last Sunday’s loss in Los Angeles, has some serious concerns. The offensive line has taken steps back in recent weeks, specifically when it comes to opening up holes for rookie running back Najee Harris. The unit is currently 27th in the NFL in rushing and 29th in yards per carry average. Pittsburgh’s line has its work cut out for it Sunday against a Cincinnati defense that is sixth in the NFL in rushing yards allowed. Harris won’t have to run wild, but he will have to provide steady gains in order to keep the Bengals’ defense honest. The Steelers can’t get away from the running game, even if it’s tough sledding early on.
An encouraging facet of…