The Pittsburgh Steelers face a pivotal matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6, the team currently holding top spot in the AFC North with a 4-1 record. Falling three games behind a division leader would be a huge hole to climb out of with a tough schedule over the second half of the season, but the Steelers should be encouraged by a dominating away record in Paul Brown Stadium as of late.
Pittsburgh have won their last five in a row in Cincinnati and are 10-2 there since Mike Tomlin took control of the team. Indeed, they actually own a slightly better record away from home than at Heinz Field, where the Steelers are 8-3 against them dating back to 2007.
However, after a number of changes to the coaching staff and along the offensive line during the offseason, the Bengals seem to have a different feel to them in 2018. Years of solid drafting have undeniably improved the backbone of what was always a soft Cincinnati roster and it would be fair to say the Bengals might not be quite the pushover they normally are this year.
The presence of Vontaze Burfict will remain a wildcard in this contest, capable of turning a football game into a brawl at any moment. Set to face JuJu Smith-Schuster for the first time since his crunching block last season that turned the linebacker into a meme, it should not take too long for Burfict to pick up his first penalty of the game.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (4-1)
Date: Sunday, October 14
Kickoff: 1.00 p.m. ET
Venue: Paul Brown Stadium
Weather: Live weather update
TV Channel: CBS, broadcast locally on KDKA-TV-2, with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts as commentators and Evan Washburn the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area.
Online: NFL.com Game Pass on delay in the U.S and live for international viewers or live in the U.S via a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.
Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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The Steelers more notable injury concerns in Week 6 center around Morgan Burnett, L.J. Fort and Darrius Heyward-Bey, all of whom missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. If they cannot participate fully on Friday, they will not play against the Bengals.