To cap off Week 13, we have a great AFC North matchup between the 9-2 Pittsburgh Steelers and the 5-6 Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. If the Bengals end up losing, they’re playoff chances will essentially be over but if they win, they’ll have a bit of hope left to attempt to win out. Also, if the Steelers lose, they’ll surrender the 1 seed and be only a game ahead of the Jaguars. This game has huge playoff implications so here’s what to watch for in tonight’s game.
1. Le’Veon Bell Vs Bengals Run D
Bell is coming off a stellar performance against the Green Bay Packers with 20 carries for 95 yards and 12 receptions for 88 receiving yards. This week he’ll be facing a Bengals defense that ranks 28th in rushing yards per game allowed (126.6). This Bengals defense is really struggling to stop the run so don’t be surprised if Bell has another great performance.
2. Andy Dalton Vs Steelers Defense
Dalton will be looking to have a better outing than the previous matchup between these two teams as he threw for only 140 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 interceptions. Those numbers must be better if he wants any chance at winning the game. He’ll be facing a Steelers defense that ranks 3rd in passing yards per game allowed (193.4). Expect Dalton to have a somewhat better performance, but it’s unlikely that he pulls out a win come Monday Night.
3. Antonio Brown’s Production
AB is coming off a monster game where he caught 10 passes for 169 passing yards and 2 TDs. He wreaked havoc against the Packers but most likely won’t see similar numbers as he faces a Bengals defense that ranks 5th in passing yards per game allowed (203.8). Although, Antonio Brown has been a thorn in the Bengals’ side in terms of production and also because he allows the other receivers to have 1 on 1 coverage as he draws double teams a good amount of the time.
Bold Prediction: Le’Veon Bell accounts for 150 total scrimmage yards and 2 TDs.