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Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Week 15: Predicting the winner of Steelers at Bengals

The staff at BTSC share their thoughts and predict the outcome of Steelers vs. Bengals, Week 15.

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Steelers are coming off of their second loss in 2020 and, though it’s odd for an 11-2 team to be looking to get right, Pittsburgh finds themselves in that very position. The staff at BTSC put in their two cents on how they think the contest will shake out when the Steelers travel to Cincy on Monday Night Football in Week 15. Who will it be with bragging rights this week?

Michael Beck, Deputy Editor, The Live Mike, Know Your Enemy, The Mike Tomlin Post-Game Press Conference Recap

The Bengals stink.

Steelers 27, Bengals 0

Geoffrey Benedict, Know Your Enemy

Two things truly matter this week. First it’s against a terrible Bengals team, and second, the Steelers have Ben Roethlisberger playing in Cincinnati. Ben Roethlisberger plays great in Cincinnati. Even if the offense isn’t fixed, it will likely look good this week.

Steelers will be the Kings of the North.

Steelers 31, Bengals 10.

Bryan Anthony Davis, Podcast Producer, The Hangover, Steelers Preview, Steelers Post-Game Show, The Steelers Retro Show, Fact or Fiction, The Rooting Guide, BTSC Radio Wire, Here We Go Steelers Pre-Game Show

The Bengals are really bad and shouldn’t be a challenge whatsoever to a good team. This is the Steelers opportunity to re-establish themselves as a good team. I think they win, but I don’t think it will be as “get right’ of a game that we all want.

Steelers 28, Bengals 10

Mark Davison, Steelers Touchdown Under

G’day Steeler Nation let’s be short and sweet this week. The Steelers need a win on many fronts. Ben Roethisberger and the offense must come together and put on a better performance than weeks past. The Pittsburgh Steelers need a win to steer the ship in the right direction. The AFC North Championship can be claimed with a victory over the Bengals this Monday night. If the Steelers are not pumped up for this game with that alone then I’m not sure what to say. This is the Steelers get right game and the Steelers get right with a dominant win.

Steelers 34, Bengals 9

Anthony Defeo, Steelers Brunch With Tony, The Hangover and The Steelers Retro Show

The Steelers losing to the hapless Bengals with the AFC North title at stake? Yeah, right. The Steelers may be ailing a bit, at the moment, but it’s just a moment. Pittsburgh will be fine. The Steelers will have their way with Cincinnati, and nobody will be all that impressed. It will be kind of like how few cared when Pittsburgh ended its slide with a win over the Browns way back in 2016, only that win proved to be the catalyst to a great finish.

Steelers 34, Bengals 6

Jeff Hartman, BTSC Co-Editor, Let’s Ride, Steelers Preview, Steelers Post-Game Show, Steelers Injury Report Podcast, Mike Tomlin Press Conference Recap

The Pittsburgh Steelers desperately need a win in Week 15, but not just any win — a dominating win. Style points matter in this game, at least to me. Fans want to see the Steelers come out of the gate strong, and dominate the 2-10-1 Bengals. Will it happen? I think it will. My prediction below is based on how I feel the Steelers’ offense will start to wake up, and the defense will dominate a depleted Cincinnati offense.

Steelers 34, Bengals 13

Matty Peverell, Steelers Touchdown Under

Win, lose or draw the Steelers are in the playoffs. Win or tie (along with a Browns tie), and the Steelers will clinch the AFC North for the first time in 3 seasons. Yes the team is in average at best form, has several key injuries and next to no run-game. But...if someone travelled back in time to before the season and said the Steelers would have the chance to clinch the AFC North in Week 15, with the Ravens yet to cement their playoff spot - you’d have cheered. This week the Steelers get the win, it isn’t a confidence filling performance, yet helps the team build into next week against the Indianapolis Colts.

Steelers 27, Bengals 13

Big Bro Scho, The Scho Bro Show

The Steelers are looking to get back on track and what better way to do that than to go up against the Cincinnati Bengals. I expect to see the offense get back on track, and since the Bengals are without number one draft pick Joe Burrow I think the defense dominates as well. I expect Diontae Johnson to cure his drop issues and have a great game this week. Steelers clinch the AFC North with a victory and do so convincingly.

Steelers 31, Bengals 13

Dave Schofield, BTSC Co-Editor, The Scho Bro Show, Steelers Preview, Steelers Post-Game podcast, Steelers Stat Geek

The Bengals have never scored more than 23 points against the Steelers in the Mike Tomlin era. With no Joe Burrow, it’s not going to be easy for them to hit double digits. The margin of victory in this game is more about what the Steelers offense can do. The Steelers get back on track somewhat, but I’m going with the score on the lower end of what they can do until I see them come through.

Steelers 27, Bengals 10

K.T. Smith, Here We Go Steelers Pre-Game Show

This week provides the perfect opportunity for the Steelers to get well. Cincinnati was dismantled by a struggling Dallas squad 30-7 last week. They are averaging just 10 points per game since Joe Burrow’s season-ending injury and their defense is giving up the most explosive plays (20+ yards) in the league. I don’t expect the Steelers to light up the scoreboard on offense but they won’t need to since the Bengals will be hard-pressed to score points. The Steelers win and get some of their mojo back in the process.

Steelers 24, Bengals 10

Shannon White, Editorial Contributor

The Cincinnati Bengals have little left to play for, when continuing their losing ways improves their draft positioning. They have found their QB of the future in Joe Burrow, but the Bengals desperately need to strength the line in front of him and the overall talent surrounding him. The Steelers need a significant victory over the Bengals to regain confidence and momentum as the playoffs are fast approaching. Ben Roethlisberger has owned the Bengals in his career, and loves Monday Night Football. The Steelers clinch the AFC North with a victory, which should be more than enough motivation.

Steelers 35, Bengals 10

Patrick Judis (Contributor, Cincy Jungle)

The Steelers just seem like they aren’t going to allow themselves to lose three straight games, and the especially won’t let that third loss be to the Bengals. Maybe if they were coming in as a 13-0 team there would be a chance of them overlooking or playing down to the Bengals, but that doesn’t seem like it’ll be the case.

Cincinnati being without players like Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon and Jonah Williams has been painfully obvious for an offense that was barely getting by with all three, and the defense isn’t that great that it’ll be able to keep a nonexistent offense in a game.

Simply put, this team couldn’t compete with the Giants, Cowboys or Dolphins. What makes me think they will be able to keep up with the Steelers?

Steelers 36, Bengals 13

What is your prediction? Which BTSC contributor is most on the money? Let us know in the poll and the comment section below!!


Which BTSC contributor will be most on the mark in predicting the Steelers at Cincinnati?

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  • 12%
    Michael Beck
    (28 votes)
  • 3%
    Geoffrey Benedict
    (9 votes)
  • 5%
    Bryan Anthony Davis
    (13 votes)
  • 3%
    Mark Davison
    (9 votes)
  • 8%
    Tony Defeo
    (19 votes)
  • 4%
    Jeff Hartman
    (10 votes)
  • 8%
    Matty Peverell
    (20 votes)
  • 5%
    Big Bro Scho
    (12 votes)
  • 8%
    Dave Schofield
    (20 votes)
  • 18%
    K.T. Smith
    (42 votes)
  • 7%
    Shannon White
    (17 votes)
  • 13%
    Patrick Judis, Cincy Jungle
    (31 votes)
230 votes total Vote Now