A trip to Pittsburgh could be just what the Cincinnati Bengals need
By Steve Rivera
Who would have thought that a trip to Pittsburgh was a prime opportunity to get the Cincinnati Bengals first win? Well, in 2019 and with no Ben Roethlisberger, it just might be.
It sounds crazy, but a trip to play the Pittsburgh Steelers could be what the 0-3 Cincinnati Bengals need. A Week 4 matchup on Monday Night Football against an AFC North rival might be just that thing to get the teetering Bengals on track and finally into the win column.
Pittsburgh is not the team a lot of people thought they’d be. They are without Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger, are also 0-3, and like Cincinnati, are wanting to get out of the basement. I mean seriously, a show of hands for anyone who saw this Week 4 matchup of two winless teams with more questions than answers,
A word of warning for those Bengals fans who see the dire straits in Pittsburgh and want to immediately chalk up a victory in the win column. It would be premature. While the Steelers are breaking in a new starting quarterback they still have some talent. They’ve played two games on the road at New England and at San Francisco, two teams who are 3-0 by the way. And will be at home on Monday Night.
Also, Cincinnati is a legitimate 0-3. They’ve become predictable and a team whose defense is easy to score against. Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph isn’t going to scare many if any teams this season, but neither is Cincinnati and their defense, offensive line, or running game.
Bottom line, Week 4 is a battle of two teams absolutely desperate for a win.
If the Bengals are going to right the ship, they need to begin that process against Pittsburgh. They get an interesting and winless Arizona Cardinals in Cincinnati Week 5, before an absolute gauntlet including Baltimore on the road, Jacksonville at home, and the Los Angeles Rams in London to close out the first half of the 2019 season. Anything from 1-7 to 2-6, and even 0-8 is possible.
That’s why, as crazy as it sounds, Monday Night in Pittsburgh against a flailing Steelers team might be fortuitous timing and just what the 0-3 Bengals need.