Like last week, this game has me uneasy, but not due to the quality level of the opponent. On paper, Pittsburgh should smash these pussies. Unfortunately, that kinda game almost never ends up playing out like you'd expect with this team. As mentioned, all too often, these guys play down to "worse" teams. Games that should be 24-3 at the half
end up 13-3 or 16-3 or some shit. The opposition thinks they have a chance and hangs around...one timely turnover later and they're driving for the game tying FG or TD.
The Steelers O should be able to get on track in this one. If Ben, BA and the offense can't get in sync here, it doesn't bode well for the remainder. Cincy's defense is pretty porous and is about as soft as they're gonna face. No reason #7 can't have a 295YD/2 or 3TD day against them. However, as shitty as Cincy has been, they can put points on the board and Pittsburgh's defense is vulnerable to the pass. Couple that with the injuries along the DL, their recent inability to get to the opposing QB (since the bye -- 3 weeks -- think they've only got 3 or 4 sacks) and this game has a high~ish scoring feel to it. 24-20...27-24...something like that.
Check and Check.
Key here is pressure on Carson Daly. If their O-line gives him time, Pittsburgh will have issues. Get to him early and get in a couple shots; make him have flashbacks. Pittsburgh rolls if that happens. I'm just not confident it will. And frankly, how often do these intradivisional rivalry games turn into a blowout? They're usually "unnecessarily close" as Mr. Wakeadamus mentioned.
Finally, as I mentioned in anudder thread, this is Pittsburgh's third road game in a row. I really think there's something to be said for that fact. Then, going into a hostile environment of a hated rival that just lost a game the week prior at home doesn't usually bode well for the visiting team, regardless of records.
Taking the (+6) points (was only +4.5 in my Handicapping Challenge league coupla days ago) to do my part in helping to secure a win. Should be noted that I've been right more often than I've been wrong this season (66%~ish) tho.
At least you got the push.
How could you possibly get all of that right. Most doesn't even match up very well. You might want to play the lottery this week.