The Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) head to Pittsburgh this weekend for a date with their divisional rival Steelers (1-1). Both teams pulled out a victory in Week 1 but then lost in depressing fashion in Week 2, bringing their records to .500 through the first two weeks.
Ben Roethlisberger has had Cincy’s number since he joined the Steelers organization in 2004, losing just eight games against them during that time (with one of those eight losses coming less than a year ago). This Pittsburgh team isn’t as strong as some of the teams the Bengals have struggled against but their defense is incredible.
How does Madden see this one shaking out?
Madden Simulation – Cincinnati Bengals 21, Pittsburgh Steelers 31
- Joe Burrow – 24-of-38, 297 yards, TD, 2 INT
- Joe Mixon – 16 carries, 72 yards, TD; 3 rec, 45 yards
- Tyler Boyd – 5 rec, 58 yards, TD
- Germaine Pratt – 9 tackles
- Trey Hendrickson – 2 sacks
- Logan Wilson – INT (Pick Six)
- Evan McPherson – XP: 3/3
- Ben Roethlisberger – 17-of-29, 257 yards, 3 TD, INT
- Najee Harris – 19 carries, 104 yards, TD; 4 rec, 19 yards, TD
- Chase Claypool – 3 rec, 64 yards, TD
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Rec, 6 yards, TD
- Devin Bush – 7 tackles
- T.J. Watt – 1.5 sacks
- Minkah Fitzpatrick – 2 INT
The bad news here is that the Bengals lose by double-digits to a beatable Steelers team. If there’s any time the stripes should be able to take down Pittsburgh on their home turf, it’s this year.
Madden has another decent performance from Burrow, but he throws two picks and gets sacked three times. Mixon has a nice bounce-back game after not doing a ton in Chicago last week, which would be a welcomed sight.
Madden so far is 0-2 with their projections so hopefully, they drop to 0-3 and the Bengals manage to win in Pittsburgh this weekend.