The Bengals come into the game clinging to faint playoff hopes, needing a win to stay in the thick of the wild card race. The Bengals, led by quarterback Andy Dalton and Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green, feature the NFL's worst offense and one of the NFL's worst turnover differentials, a recipe for disaster. They have yet to beat a winning team this season; only an easy schedule has kept them on the periphery of the playoff race.
The Steelers come into the game with a six game winning streak, hoping to keep pace with the New England Patriots for the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Pittsburgh is led, as usual, by their Hall of Fame trio on offense: quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. This season may be the last rodeo for those three dynamic talents, as Bell may leave via free agency in 2018, Roethlisberger may be on the decline and has begun to sound like retirement may be near, and Antonio Brown will turn 30 years old next year. This special offense may be seeing its window of opportunity closing.
This game looks like a mismatch on paper, but the Bengals have home field advantage, which may give them a fighting chance.
It's the Steelers and the Bengals on Monday Night.
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