Sunday Night Prediction: Who Comes Out On Top?

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Nov 13, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass for a touchdown during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark (25) and strong safety Troy Polamalu (43) at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

By the end of their Sunday Night Football contest, either the Bengals or Steelers will come out victorious. That part’s obvious. What isn’t quite so clear, is who we should expect to win this game. In fact, I invite the readers: take your pick. Because I have no idea.

Two teams with playoff aspirations at season’s beginning now find themselves nowhere short of panicking. The Bengals are reeling from back-to-back losses to the Dolphins and Browns, two teams that were a combined 1-8 when they faced them. That is not a very pretty statistic. However, similar numbers don’t elude the Steelers. They have just had a long week to mull over a last-second loss to the Titans, previously 1-4.Now let me say this. Both teams have no trouble putting points on the board. In fact Andy Dalton ranks number four in passing yards throughout the league, and you don’t have to travel very far down the list to catch Ben Roethlisberger. However, this extreme passing attack comes from the lack of, well, anything else. The Bengals running game can be very stagnant and wildly inconsistent. Meanwhile, the Steelers might even be worse off in that category, as their leading rusher, Isaac Redman, has just 127 yards on the ground.

Both defenses have given up mountains of points in almost every game. In fact, the only good defensive outings between these two teams is the Bengals loss against the Dolphins, and the Steelers win over the Jets.

So what does the game come down to? A number of things, many of which could easily go one way or the other.

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