Week 14 Steelers @ Bengals Preview and Prediction
“We don’t like them. They don’t like us.”
Honest words spoken by Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman, David DeCastro in an interview via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I’m not going to sit here and give you bulletin board material, but that’s as simple as it can be”.
Well DeCastro, allow me to supply you and the entire Steelers team with a little bulletin board material:
Oddly enough the Steelers were winning before that photo was taken of a coach texting on his cell phone. Funny how the NFL and commissioner, Roger Goodell did nothing about that.
Anyway, the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Ohio this Sunday to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in their second matchup. A matchup that could shake the foundation of the AFC North.
After a 16-10 loss to the Bengals in week 8, the Steelers are not only playing for a bid as one of the two wild card teams, but also playing to stop Cincinnati from doing something that they haven’t done since 2009. And that is sweep their AFC North rivals, as well as securing the the division. Something that I honestly do not see happening.
For one..Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger (who does not lose in Ohio) is playing unconscious right now, while wide receiver Antonio Brown just continues to be unstoppable. Not to mention the ever so dangerous, Martavis Bryant and the revitalized Markus Wheaton, who has scored a touchdown in each of the last two games and impressed many..including myself.
Let’s not forget the incredible rushing efforts of one DeAngelo Williams, who happens to be the best off-season free agency pick up in the entire National Football League as far as I am concerned.
Coming to the Steelers expecting to be the backup to an injured Le’Veon Bell, Williams has stepped in like no other running back has..or anyone could have ever imagined the 32 year old veteran would. The reason why he was voted the Fed Ex Ground Player of the Week for week 13 (Roethlisberger earning the Fed Ex Air Player of the Week).
Sure, Cincinnati’s quarterback Andy Dalton has shown he can produce points with receiver A.J. Green and running backs, Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill..just not against Pittsburgh. And if the defense plays anything like they did in the 45-10 “Butt Booting” of the Indianapolis Colts last Sunday Night, the Bengals offense will have a difficult time surpassing their previous 16 points they produced six weeks ago.
It doesn’t matter what happened in week 8. It doesn’t matter that this will be the two team’s 91st meeting. What matter is who wants it more?
Long story short..the Pittsburgh Steelers are hungry, and they know exactly what it takes to win at this point in the season. The Cincinnati Bengals are inexperienced at winning at this point in the season, and their head coach, Marvin Lewis still smiles uncomfortably too much to every become a Super Bowl winning coach..in my opinion.