No matter how good the Bengals are Authentic Vontaze Burfict Jersey , how they play against the Steelers is their biannual barometer of true success. Through five weeks this year the Bengals are sitting in the sweet spot of second in the AFC, but there are still experts and even fans who don’t believe this team is capable of making a playoff run. Their first meeting with the Steelers this week should tell us a lot about whether or not we should start labeling this team as an actual contender or not.Here is everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Steelers:Game: Cincinnati Bengals (4-1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1)Date/Time: Oct. 14th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OHStreaming: Fubo TVSeries Leader: Steelers lead the series 60-35Streak: The Steelers have won the past five gamesCoaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (8-22) vs. Mike Tomlin (17-5)TV Broadcast: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Ian Eagle (play-byplay), Dan Fouts (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter).Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SB Nation Steelers site: Behind the Steel CurtainWeather: Mid 80’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]Odds: Bengals, -3 [Odds Shark]Bengals NotesQuarterback Andy Dalton aims for third in row against Pittsburgh with over two touchdown passes. In his past seven games at home, Dalton has 1,583 passing yards (226.1 per game) with 13 touchdowns and only three picks for a 93.3 rating. He aims for his fifth in a row vs the AFC North with over two touchdown and no interceptions. In his past six against the AFC North, Dalton has 17 touchdown passes and only two interceptions for a 102.9 rating. He has over a 95 rating in three of the past four against the division.Running back Joe Mixon had 115 scrimmage yards (93 rushing and 22 receiving) with a touchdown catch last week. He has over 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in two of his past his three games. In his past two at home, Mixon has 202 scrimmage yards (101 per game) and a touchdown catch. In his past four vs. the division, he has 391 scrimmage yards (97.8 per game) and a rushing touchdown.Wide receiver A.J. Green had six catches for 112 yards last week. He had 77 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his last meeting with Pittsburgh. He has four touchdown catches in his past five against the Steelers. He has 685 receiving yards (85.6 per game) and sevem touchdowns in his past eight at home. Green is one of two players (Cooper Kupp) with over 400 receiving yards (409) and five touchdown catches in 2018. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd had over 100 receiving yards in two of his past three.Defensive tackle Geno Atkins had two sacks last week. He has three sacks in his past two games. He aims for his third game in a row at home with at least two sacks. Atkins is tied for the league-lead with 6 sacks. Defensive end Michael Johnson had a 22-yard interception returned for a touchdown, and rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard had a 19-yard fumble returned for a touchdown last week, it was the first-career touch downs for both players.Steelers NotesQuarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for 250 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 112.7 rating last week. He has at least three touchdown passes in three of his past four. In his past eight against the Bengals http://www.cincinnatibengalsteamonline.com/michael-johnson-jersey , Roethlisberger has 2,270 pass yards (283.8 per game) with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions for a 90 rating. He had at least a 90 rating in two of the past three meetings. In his past eight divisional games, he has 2,387 pass yards (298.4 per game) with 14 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He leads the AFC and ranks third in the NFL with 1,664 passing yardsRunning back James Conner rushed for 110 yards with two touchdowns and had four catches for 75 yards last week. He has joined Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1963) as only player with multiple games with 100 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards and two rushing touchdowns in the team’s first five games of the season. He has 287 scrimmage yards (143.5 per game) and two rushing touchdowns in his past two games on the road.Wide receiver Antonio Brown had six catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns last week. He has 11 career games with over 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches, which is the most among active NFL players. He aims for third in row against the Bengals with a touchdown catch. Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a touchdown catch last week. He aims for his third in row on the road with at least 110 receiving yardsLinebacker T.J. Watt had eight tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble last week. He is the only player with multiple three sack games in 2018. He is tied for the league-lead with six sacks (Geno Atkins and J.J. Watt). Defensive tackle Cameron Heyward had 1.5 sacks last week. He has 5.5 sacks in his past seven games. He has a sack in two of his past three at Cincinnati. Linebacker L.J. Fort had 6 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for a touchdown last week.Bengals Bytes (9/11): Joe Mixon becomes the focus of the offense Bengals Looking For All Hands On Deck To Cool Off RavensShawn Williams thinks he’ll play after the first ejection of his life. Preston Brown wants to play after he didn’t finish a game for the first time in his life. And Sam Hubbard just found out he’s going to play more defense after he played fullback for the first time in his life.Marvin Lewis News Conference Transcript - 9/10“We have a lot of improvement to make, and we have to make it in a hurry. We did a good job in the running game for the most part, offensively. We have to shore some things up protection-wise. We got bulled (bull-rushed) a little bit. We need to keep understanding that and fix it in the right spots. That will be helpful. Special teams-wise, we didn’t really have a lot of opportunity, but there are some things we have to be conscience of. We need to make sure we’re always paying attention to the details and shore things up. Defensively, we have some things we have to do a little bit better. With Shawn Williams’ ejection, Clayton Fejedelem was in the game and Jessie Bates became the experienced guy back there very quickly, (in regard) to the guy that’s got all the work (leading up to the regular season). We have to continue to get better there. (Bates) played a good first football game. We just have to have everybody on the same page throughout the defensive football team.”Quick Hits: Bengals Mull MLB Status; Austin Salutes BatesMiddle linebacker Preston Brown has never missed one of his 65 NFL games, but the Bengals may not know until Thursday night’s game against the Ravens (8:20 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) if he’s available as they check out the ankle he injured in the first half in Sunday’s win in Indianapolis.Bengals' Shawn Williams: 'I don't know what else I'm supposed to do'He was the first player ejected under the umbrella of the new point of emphasis for illegal use of helmet. Williams will likely receive a fine and any potential suspension for Thursday’s game against Baltimore would be expected to be assessed at some point Monday. As of 5 p.m., the Bengals had not received word of any suspension for their starting safety.Cincinnati Bengals: Grading the victory over the ColtsThe Bengals lost their 2017 opener at home and then couldn’t bounce back for Game 2 during a short week. This time with a similar quick turnaround to Thursday’s home opener against the Baltimore Ravens, they are riding momentum of a strong second half Sunday.Could the Cincinnati Bengals have a repeat of the 1988 season?You knew Mike Brown had gravely erred when he brought back Marvin Lewis as head coach for 2018. You knew that Lewis’ third straight season without a playoff berth – and more importantly Womens Joe Mixon Jersey , his NFL-record 16th straight without a playoff win – was well underway.Bengals: No time to revel in Week 1 victory with Ravens loomingCincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis came into his weekly press conference Monday afternoon, exchanged pleasantries with the media and commented that he was tired. With a quick turnaround to Thursday’s home opener against Baltimore, there wasn’t much time to rest Sunday night as he reviewed film of the team’s 34-23 win at Indianapolis and began preparations for the Ravens.Mixon it up: Bengals 2nd-year RB is focus of new offenseThe second-year running back was the focus of Cincinnati’s redesigned offense on Sunday, getting all but one of the carries and finishing second in receiving. A 34-23 win at Indianapolis showed a different focus in coordinator Bill Lazor’s redesigned playbook.Preston: After laugher of an opener, Ravens prepare for real prime-time test in short weekThe Ravens travel to Cincinnati on Thursday night for the Bengals’ home opener at Paul Brown Stadium. As impressive as the Ravens were and as much excitement as they created against Buffalo, the game had the flavor of a preseason contest.Random BytesNFL Team Grades for Week 1 of 2018It's hard to imagine a wilder opening to the 2018 NFL season. The Philadelphia Eagles began their title defense at home with a Week 1 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers mounted a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback. And the Cleveland Browns ended their 17-game losing streak—with a tie.Report: Rams Offered 2 Picks for Khalil Mack, Would Have Traded LB in OffseasonAccording to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams offered first- and third-round draft picks to the Oakland Raiders for Mack during the offseason. Oakland ultimately rejected the offer and traded the pass-rusher to the Chicago Bears.Raiders HC Jon Gruden Says Khalil Mack 'Didn't Want to Play Here'The defensive end held out the entire preseason seeking an extension beyond the final year of his rookie deal in 2018. He was eventually traded to the Chicago Bears, where he was able to quickly agree to a six-year, $141 million contract extension.Jon Gruden loss gives debuting NFL coaches 0-7 startThe Raiders, in a complete rebuild under Gruden with 31 players on the team's 53-man roster having never spent a day on the team's 53-man roster last season, fell to the Los Angeles Rams 33-13 on Monday night before an announced crowd of 53,857 at the Oakland Coliseum.Todd Gurley, Rams Spoil Jon Gruden's Debut with Win over RaidersLos Angeles opened its 2018 season with a 33-13 road victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday in Oakland Alameda Coliseum. Jared Goff (17-of-32 for 229 yards and two touchdowns) and Todd Gurley (108 rushing yards, 39 receiving yards and one touchdown) combined to spoil Jon Gruden's first game as a head coach since 2008.What we learned from Rams, Jets victories on MondayAfter a humbling low-wattage first-half performance, Sean McVay and the Rams rebounded in the second half to steal time of possession, momentum and a win from the Raiders in Jon Gruden's homecoming. The league's leading offense from a season ago didn't look it in the first two frames. Reigning Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley had just five touches; offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks was nowhere to be found; and Jared Goff looked off.
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