Writers’ Picks: Steelers Week 10 matchup vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The writers of Still Curtain provide their predictions and analysis for the Steelers upcoming game against the Bengals.
Currently 2-0 in games against their AFC North counterparts, the Pittsburgh Steelers look ahead to sweep the division in the first go-around in their Week 10 matchup. Already defeating the Cleveland Browns and then the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals step up next.
Attempting to accomplish the feat of beating the Steelers, as no other opponent has yet done in 2020, the odds can vary greatly. With QB Ben Roethlisberger recently being activated from the reserve/covid list, Pittsburgh’s chances just improved.
0-10 in the previous ten matchups between the two, the Bengals haven’t experienced redemption against the Steelers since the 2015 season. Now in a new era for Cincinnati under QB Joe Burrow, the rookie visits Heinz Field for the first time in his professional career in an attempt to shake up history, or will it continue to repeat itself?
After a few mishaps over the last two weeks, our team at the Still Curtain returned to greatness. 100% across the board in predicting Pittsburgh over the Dallas Cowboys, the streak aims to continue.
Although this poses another possible trap game, the confidence in a win for the Black & Gold resides high for them amongst our writers. At least for most.
Still Curtain’s 2020 Records
Eric Hassel (8-0)
Ed Hunt (6-2)
Andrew Falce (7-1)
Tommy Jaggi (7-1)
Brandon Kring (6-2)
Jordan Newman (8-0)
Ryan Pawloski (7-1)
Casey Sadekoski (8-0)
Week ten predictions vs. Bengals
“Yet another slow start for the Pittsburgh offense turns what, on paper, should be a laugher into a close game. Big Ben goes no-huddle in the second half and leads the offense on three consecutive scoring drives. The Steelers ‘D’ is leaky at the start of the game but makes a couple of big plays when they need to be made.” Eric Hassel (PIT 24-17)
”The Black and Gold will get Ben Roethlisberger back after testing negative for coronavirus. His week off from practice will help him get healthier.” – Ed Hunt (PIT 24-17)
”The Steelers rebound off a tough win against the Cowboys. Led by Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh takes this one.” – Andrew Falce (PIT 28-27)
”The Steelers are coming off their worst game of the season, but they are still 8-0. Now back on their own turf for the first time in three weeks, I expect a relatively healthy Pittsburgh team to take care of the Bengals this week. However, quarterback Joe Burrow could give them trouble, so don’t expect a blowout.” – Tommy Jaggi (PIT 26-20)
”The Bengals are not exactly a pushover but they are still the inferior team. Pittsburgh should win this handily but they should have against Dallas also, so, we shall see.” – Brandon Kring (PIT 31-13)
”I think the game against the Dallas Cowboys happened at the perfect time for Pittsburgh’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals to be next. A strange trend in that the Steelers struggle with lesser competition, the combination of getting that first one out of their system and a few players returning from injuries, they re-establish themselves this week. Cincy is no strangers to giving teams trouble in 2020 even with a 2-5-1 record and they have been more efficient in scoring, but don’t have enough juice late to pull off the upset.” – Jordan Newman (PIT 34-24)
”Here we are again with another trap game but this time their opponent is better than their record. This will be a tough fight as they go up against a solid offense that can hurt how poorly has played Pittsburgh’s defense these past couple of games. It will be a tough game but the Steelers are the better team and should emerge victorious.” – Ryan Pawloski (PIT 27-21)
”This is the biggest trap game of the season for the Steelers. The Bengals just beat the Titans and have lost close one-possession games against playoff teams in 2020. Cincy’s only bad loss was to Baltimore, and Ben isn’t practicing this week. Bengals win by less than a touchdown in the final seconds of the game.” – Casey Sadekoski (CIN 27-24)
All Still Curtain writers are in agreeance once against that Pittsburgh will prevail. Let’s hope they are right so the Steelers can continue to expand their win streak and hold onto the number one seed in the AFC North.