Scottishbengal Posted December 4, 2011 Report Share Posted December 4, 2011 A vitally important game for both sides in this, the end of a 4 game divisional streak of matches for the Bengals.A win for Pitts will keep them in joint pole position atop the AFCN (assuming Baltimore succeed in Cleveland) and will open up a two game lead, and a 2-0 record, over Cincy - whilst mathematically possible it'd be extremely unlikely for Cincy to take the division from that position with just 4 games remaining.A Bengals win and their looking at 2nd place in the division and guaranteed not to have a losing season. They'd be sat on the shoulders of Baltimore waiting for a sporadic Ravens team to falter and thus take a shot at claiming another divisonal title ...... stuff of dreams considering the youthfullness of this team, the roster changes from last year, a new OC with a rookie QB and WR, and a short pre-season due to the lockout.So then, lets look at how the teams are matching up:-Pittsburgh are 4-1 at home whilst the Bengals have an away record of 4-2, both teams coming off of wins last weekend.Steelers are averaging 375 yds per game (256 passing, 110 rushing) against the Bengals who are giving up 308 ypg (215 passing and 93 rushing)Bengals are averaging 335 yds per game (226 passing, 109 rushing) against the Steelers who are giving up 277 ypg (181 passing and 96 rushing)Steelers are outscoring their opponents 21-17 on average, whilst the Bengals outscore their opponents 23-19Big Ben is 17 TDs against 10 INTs with a rating of 92%Dalton is 16 TDs against 12 INTs with a rating of 82%Third Down conversions - this could very well be the difference between the teams today. A few weeks ago Ben Uselessbugger was able to convert some 3rd and long situations and against the Bengals, - with a weakened Bengals secondary he'll be looking to do the same today as the Bengals seem to give up huge plays from this scenario. Pittsburgh convert 49% of their attempts as Cincy allow 36% to be madeCincy convert 37% of their attempts as Pitts allow their opponents a 42% success rate.All the above stats would lead to the Steelers having the edge over the Bengals.The areas where the Bengals appear stronger and have a legitimate chance of outperforming Pittsburgh are:-Sacks:Pittsburghs QB has been on the ground on 32 occassions whilst the Bengals D have had the opposition QB eating turf on 28 times.Cincy QB has been on his arse 17 times whilst Pittsburghs D has had a sack total of 24.FG's:Pittsburgh are 18 of 23 whilst Cincy are 21 of 22Turnovers:Pittsburgh are a staggering MINUS 8 on turnovers whilst Cincy have a +1 ratio.I have no idea what impact the intangibles are likely to have such as weather, wind, home field advantage - you Stateside folks will have much more knowledge of such things than I. I know the game is live here in the UK and that doesn't usually bode very well for the Bengals .... just one of thos supersticious things I guess!Injuries:Carter and Battle are out for Pittsburgh. Linebacker Foote had a light practice on Friday with all other injury candidates going with full practice.The Bengals still have Moch listed as out. Clements, Dunlap and Sims did not parctice Friday. Crocker and Lee participated in light practice, with Benson, Ghee, Peko and Simpson all going full practice.The Bengals played the Steelers pretty close a few weeks ago and if it wasn't for Pitts hitting a 14-0 early lead who knows what the outcome would be. Take away that first quarter lead and replace PBS with Baked Bean Field and it's still looking pretty a even contest.Steelers 21 - 24 Bengals Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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