There are few teams in the NFL heading into Week 15 who could use a win more than the Pittsburgh Steelers. After starting the season 11-0, the Steelers have lost back-to-back games vs. the Washington Football Team and the Buffalo Bills.
What could be the magic elixir for the Steelers to not just get back on track, but clinch the AFC North title? How about the 2-10-1 Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football?
While the game is still days away, the NFL experts have weighed in on who they think will win this game. Many, if not all, like the Steelers to win, but will they be able to do so in convincing fashion? Will they be able to dominate to the point where people see the Steelers as a contender again, and not just a pretender?
Let’s take a look at what the experts think...
For those who put some thought, and explanation, behind their picks, like Will Brinson of CBS Sports, here is what he thinks of the upcoming AFC North matchup:
The Steelers would be in serious danger of losing the division if the Browns had found a way to win on Monday. Now they’re in pretty good shape to lock up the division. Just don’t lose to Brandon Allen/Ryan Finley on Monday night.
This is a ton of points, but I’ll take Pittsburgh to exorcise some demons after a two-game losing streak, especially given just how bad the Bengals really are. James Conner might be due for a big game here against a horrific defense.
The Pick: Steelers 28, Bengals 9
What about his colleague? Here is what Pete Prisco of CBS Sports thinks will go down at Paul Brown Stadium in Week 15:
The Steelers have been struggling in a big way. But they have the perfect tonic for their ailing offense in the Bengals. This is the game where the Steelers get back on track after two losses. The Bengals won’t be able to move it against their defense. Steelers big.
Pick: Steelers 28, Bengals 14
Here is what the Sporting News believes will happen between the Steelers and Bengals on Monday:
The Steelers are looking for a get-right game after two straight losses, and the rival Bengals provide that opportunity. Cincinnati has a –6 turnover ratio in three games since Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury. Pittsburgh will exploit that.
Pick: Steelers 28, Bengals 13
What about those sites with the huge expert panel where all they do is click the winners? Well, at ESPN and even the haters here at SB Nation, both sites see this as being a slam dunk for the Steelers to move their record to 12-2 and on their way to yet another AFC North division title.
But what about all the other sites? What do the other NFL experts who submit weekly picks think about this Week 15 AFC North grudge match? This is where our friends at NFL Pick Watch come in and lend a hand.
NFL Pick Watch is a site which takes all expert picks and puts them into an easy-to-read graph for fans to enjoy. According to NFL Pick Watch a whopping 100% of experts like the Steelers to beat the Bengals on Monday Night Football.
Will that happen? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, the experts are leaning hard on the Steelers to beat the hapless Bengals in Week 15.