4 biggest causes of concern for Steelers vs. Bengals Week 10
A repeat of week 9
While the Bengals are the worse team on paper, last week showed that this team is vulnerable. While the Steelers were on their third road game in as many weeks, the team seemed unprepared and tired against the Cowboys. While it can’t be certain, this team may have thought that the Cowboys would be an easy win last week. If the team takes a similar approach this Sunday, the results of the game could be similar.
Again, the Steelers can’t fall for the trap game here, as despite being heavy favorites, the Bengals should be a good matchup. If the team comes out unprepared and sloppy like they did last week, it could lead to a similar start, and if they don’t turn it around, it will lead to the first loss of the season. This doesn’t even consider the fact that the Steelers will have a handful of players possibly playing off of the COVID list, meaning they didn’t have this week to properly practice.
While the team should have learned their lesson last week, there is no guarantee that they rebound properly this week. Playing at home should be a benefit as should a better game plan than last weeks, but this COVID issue and the Bengals record are still causing concern. The Steelers will need to come out early and look dynamic like they should have last week. If now, this game could flip early and hand the team their first loss on the year.
What was on paper an easy three-game stretch got off to a rough start with a near loss last week against the Cowboys. While the Steelers are squarely focused on the Bengals now, there are still quite a few causes for concern ahead of this week. Don’t be surprised if one or two of these issues rear their head and end in a Steelers loss.