Bye weeks can seem pretty long, as it feels like forever since Pitt stepped on the field. We actually think this will be very good timing for a game on the road at Cincinnati. We are guessing the players are feeling rested and eager to get playing some ball, making it hard to believe they could be over looking the Bungals and on to some of the tougher upcoming matchups. Here is how we see this weeks game:
PIT @ CIN
Our line: Pittsburgh by 25
If you have watched Cincinnati try to run the football, you probably understand why Pittsburgh is favored by over 3 touchdowns. They aren't going to have much success running the ball this week, and nor are they going to have much success in the air. Pittsburgh has a solid defense in both areas, and also has done a nice job of winning interceptions. With Palmer still out for Cincy, we'll be impressed if they get to double-digits on the scoreboard. Outside of the offensive ineptness of Cincinnati, the strength of Pittsburgh is a big factor here. Both of our rankings think Pitt belongs near the top 5, which is something difficult to achieve. Look for a healthy Roethlisberger to help the offense take advantage of the great field position the defense creates for them, whether or not Parker is able to start on Sunday.
- Pittsburgh #4 - The stage is set for Pittsburgh to show they are the team to beat in the AFC. They have wins over both of their nearest division rivals, and are close to being a healthy team again. After this week's matchup at Cincinnati, Pitt plays a 4 game schedule that would make any team's knees tremble. Embrace it or succumb to it.
- Cincinnati #31 - We're big advocates of having a balanced offense, but watching the Bengals try to run the football makes us think they really should just try to pass on every down.