Chiefs (2-1) v Steelers (2-1) — Sunday, 8:30 P.M. (NBC), Heinz Field
With Baltimore’s dominance still in question, the Bengals will be watching closely on Sunday night when Kansas City heads to Pittsburgh on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
After defeating the Bengals in week two, the Steelers laid an enormous egg last Sunday, losing to the Eagles, 34-3. The loss was the Steelers’ largest since they were beaten, 41-10, by Boomer Esiason and the Bengals on Sept. 17, 1989, at Riverfront Stadium.
What followed was a debate. Did the game prove the dominance of Philadelphia, or did Pittsburgh just collapse? The Eagles have their bye this week, so the answer will have to wait until this Sunday night when the Steelers host the Chiefs.
Pittsburgh should be optimistic heading into this game. Le’Veon Bell is returning from a three-game suspension and the Steelers are riding a five-game winning streak on Sunday Night Football.
Under Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh is 34-15 following a loss.
The Bengals hope the Chiefs can pull out a victory on Sunday night. Cincinnati has already lost to Pittsburgh this season, so the early tie-breaker belongs to the black & gold.
A Steelers’ loss would drop them to 2-2 and into a tie with the Bengals for second in the division.
And after a tough first-quarter schedule, the Bengals will gladly take a tie with their dreaded rival with 12 games remaining.