The Cincinnati Bengals are all alone at AFC North. Can you kill the dragon in the Pittsburgh Steelers who had their number lately?
The postseason problems of head coach Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals are well documented. Set in the year 20013, the much maligned sidelines brought this franchise seven times in the playoffs and came in any case too briefly. Of course, not all Cincinnati problems can be blamed in this department Lewis. The franchise has not won a playoff game since 1990 – the longest active series in the league.
After five consecutive playoff appearances from 201
After five games this year, the only blemish in Lewis's squad record is a 31-21 loss at Carolina to the Panthers. A week ago against the Miami Dolphins in Cincinnati, quarterback Andy Dalton and company Rally from a 17-0 third quarter for a 27-17 win. The Bengals 'defense took the game into their own hands late in the game and scored some touchdowns on Dolphins' quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Lewis & # 39; Club is alone at the weekend with 4: 1 against the AFC North record. But this is the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that has not only tormented the Bengals for more than a decade, but also a club that has made Paul Brown Stadium their home. Including the 2015 Wild Card Playoff loss, in which late-game mental offenses by linebacker Vontaze Burfict and cornerback Adam Jones Cincinnati cost a victory, the Steelers have made six consecutive meetings in the series – four of them in Queen City.
In fact, including the playoff victories in both 2005 and '15, the Steelers own a 16-2 record in Cincinnati from 2002. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger has certainly enjoyed his share of success in the series , Including the postseason, the 15-year-old professional holds a 23-7 career record as a starter in this series and threw for a combined 7,091 and 42 results versus 28 interceptions.
One year ago, Mike Tomlin's team won the AFC North with a 13-3 record, sweeping their Divisional rivals. In 2018, there was a draw in Cleveland and a home defeat against the Baltimore Ravens. But in many ways this is a much bigger game for Lewis, Dalton and the Bengals. Yes, they are all alone at AFC North, but it is very important to kill the dragon that has been tormenting them for far too long. The team not only has to end their home losing streak in this long rivalry, but also the overall six-game suspension.
This is a Cincinnati team that has won six of their last seven games from the 16th week of & # 39; 17. This season, the club has shown that it can score in various ways and already has a 3-0 record in the conference. The NFL recently announced that the week-7 collision with the Kansas City Chiefs at prime-time Arrowhead Stadium has been postponed. That says a lot for these two teams. But the first things first, and that's business at home against that bully from the Steel City.