Just about game time Steelers' fans. You know the time and place, you know what we'd like to see out of the team, and you know what's at stake. With the Brownies struggling out in Arizona, Pittsburgh can lower their Magic Number in the AFC North to 1 with a victory tonight at Heinz Field.
Speaking of Heinz Field, looks like we may be in for another sloppy night in Pittsburgh, with precipitation a strong possibility. That may actually favor the Steelers, but it may also prevent our offense from getting back in the kind of rhythm that's been missing for quite some time.
Marvel Smith and Troy Polamalu are both listed as doubtful, and I'd suspect neither play tonight after missing all of this week's practice sessions. That means T Max Starks gets another chance to prove he should be a part of the rotation on the line during the stretch run. Cincinnati's got a long list of starters listed as probable tonight, including TJ Housh, Chad Johnson, CB Deltha O'Neal and S Dexter Jackson. From what I can gather, all should be dressed and ready to play tonight.
Only 5 games left Steelers fans. This is our team - through the good and the bad. Although flawed, this team is 8-3 and about to enter the gauntlet of its schedule. Tonight presents a fantastic opportunity to dictate the tempo and level of physicality against a Bengals team that would rather engage in a track meet than a 12-round prize fight.
Gather round with friends, get some food and drink in ya, and get out them Towels. Join me throughout the game as we look to remain perfect in the division before heading off to New England next weekend.