It all comes down to this for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After losing three straight games in December, Mike Tomlin's team suddenly has no room for error. With how congested things are in the AFC, the 7-7 Steelers are essentially one more strike away from being eliminated.
Everything is riding on this game -- including the job security of both coaches and players in 2024. Another ugly defeat would force changes to come early in the offseason, but a win could keep their playoff hopes alive for one more game.
If the Steelers win out, there's a solid chance they could make it to the postseason, but they will take things one game at a time -- starting with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16. Here's how you can be sure to catch the game.
How to watch Steelers vs. Bengals game in Week 16
The Steelers vs. Bengals game will be aired nationally on NBC with Noah Eagle and Todd Blackledge calling the game. You can also watch this Week 16 contest on Universo. For those without cable or no access to NBC, you can catch this pivotal AFC North battle with a subscription to NFL+ or Peacock, but we recommend using FuboTV.
This will be the second consecutive game in which the Steelers will play during the late afternoon slate on Saturday. Pittsburgh didn't fare well against the Colts last week after surrendering 30 straight points in a 13-30 defeat. They will look for much better results this time around against their division rivals.
What to watch for in Steelers vs. Bengals game
The last time these two teams met was back in Week 11 when Bengals QB Jake Browning made his first start for the injured Joe Burrow. The Steelers emerged victorious in a 16-10 win. However, Browning has improved by leaps and bounds since his first career start.
The backup quarterback is taking the league by storm after winning three straight games while averaging over 315 passing yards per game. In comparison, no Steelers quarterback has passed for 300 yards in a game since Kenny Pickett heaved the ball 52 times in a 38-3 blowout loss in Week 5 against the Bills in 2022.
Mason Rudolph is expected to start for the Steelers today. Kenny Pickett looked encouraging at practice this week, but he has officially been ruled out. Pickett has a chance to see the field on the road in Seattle next week. Pittsburgh turned to Rudolph after Mitch Trubisky continued his struggles against the Colts.