While the Baltimore Ravens are laughing there way to a 5-1 AFC North lead, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling to simply stick around .500. The two division rivals wage war in week seven in an attempt to avoid falling further behind the Ravens in the standings, with the loser potentially facing some serious repercussions.
Bengals-Steelers tickets are currently averaging $135 per seat, and you can get into Paul Brown Stadium for as little as $41. Prices are also down 15% in the last two weeks. Despite all this and the fact that this contest being 26% cheaper than last year’s meeting and 7% down from their 2010 meeting, it’s still slated to be Cincy’s third most expensive home game of the year. Being that both teams are struggling and have a heated rivalry, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. On the other hand, it’s the Steelers 2nd least expensive road game of the year, behind only their game in Cleveland on 11/25.
Pittsburgh hasn’t been the team we’ve been accustomed to in 2012, as their rushing attack has been mostly weak sans Rashard Mendenhall for the majority of the year and their once vaunted defense has been carved up due to injuries and inconsistent play.
Despite their defense giving up yards and dealing with injuries, they still have the potential to shut the opposition down, and have actually only allowed 115 total points on the year. Unfortunately, their offense hasn’t always done its part, and has scored just one more point (116) than they’ve allowed this season.
Things aren’t likely to get much easier with a road trip to visit the Bengals this week, as Cincy has been pretty explosive on offense, and the Steelers may find it difficult to stop star wide receiver A.J. Green.
As desperate as the Steelers might look to be for a win, the Bengals might need this one even more. They sit at 3-3 through six weeks and are losers of two straight, while they face a tough stretch beyond Pittsburgh, with the Broncos and Giants on the docket in the following two weeks.
If Cincinnati doesn’t bring it’s A-game against Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, a hot 3-1 start could quickly turn into a daunting 3-6 hole.
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