Steelers vs Bengals: The Pittsburgh Steelers face a pivotal matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, the team currently holding top spot in the AFC North with a 4-1 record. Falling three games behind a division leader would be a huge hole to climb out of with a tough schedule over the second half of the season, but the Steelers should be encouraged by a dominating away record in Paul Brown Stadium as of late.
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Here’s what you need to know:
Who: Steelers vs. Bengals
What: NFL, Week 6
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
When: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Time: 1 p.m. Eastern
Line: Bengals -2.5
Pittsburgh have won their last five in a row in Cincinnati and are 10-2 there since Mike Tomlin took control of the team. Indeed, they actually own a slightly better record away from home than at Heinz Field, where the Steelers are 8-3 against them dating back to 2007.
However, after a number of changes to the coaching staff and along the offensive line during the offseason, the Bengals seem to have a different feel to them in 2018. Years of solid drafting have undeniably improved the backbone of what was always a soft Cincinnati roster and it would be fair to say the Bengals might not be quite the pushover they normally are this year.
The presence of Vontaze Burfict will remain a wildcard in this contest, capable of turning a football game into a brawl at any moment. Set to face JuJu Smith-Schuster for the first time since his crunching block last season that turned the linebacker into a meme, it should not take too long for Burfict to pick up his first penalty of the game.