Cincinnati Bengals: Madden simulation vs. Steelers in Week 12
The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday afternoon for the second matchup between the two this season. Cincinnati won the first battle in blowout fashion but Pittsburgh is still vying for a playoff spot, as is most of the AFC.
Last week, Madden correctly predicted a win for the Bengals, who put the hammer down on Las Vegas. The game certainly didn’t feel like a blowout but the final score was just that.
Hopefully, we see another blowout from the Bengals this weekend but it won’t be easy. The stripes embarrassed Pittsburgh the last time the two squared off and it’s doubtful the Steelers have forgotten about that. They’ll be coming into the Queen City as motivated as ever.
Let’s see if Madden thinks it’ll be a repeat of Week 3 or if the Steelers will even the score on Sunday.
Madden Simulation – Cincinnati Bengals 32, Pittsburgh Steelers 24
- Joe Burrow – 18-of-24, 294 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
- Joe Mixon – 20 carries, 106 yards, TD; 3 rec, 18 yards
- Tee Higgins – 6 rec, 53 yards, TD
- Ja’Marr Chase – 4 rec, 34 yards, TD
- Chris Evans – Rec, 6 yards, TD
- Germaine Pratt – 9 tackles
- Sam Hubbard – 2.5 sacks
- Jessie Bates – INT
- Ben Roethlisberger – 34-of-50, 312 yards, 2 TD, INT
- Najee Harris – 16 carries, 84 yards, TD; 2 rec, 12 yards
- Chase Claypool – 3 rec, 94 yards, TD
- Pat Freiermuth – 2 rec, 24 yards, TD
- Devin Bush – 6 tackles; INT
- Chris Wormley – Sack
- Terrell Edmunds – INT
An eight-point victory against a team who tortured the Bengals for years would be A-okay. The simulation had the Bengals controlling most of this game too, with the Steelers only making the score look close in garbage time. This is similar to how Week 3 played out, as the Bengals were destroying Pittsburgh until they inched their way closer in the fourth quarter when Cincinnati had let up off the gas a bit.
Mixon has another terrific game, at least according to Madden, and that takes the pressure off of Burrow, who has a nice game himself with three scores of his own. Higgins is the wide receiver projected to go off this week so we’ll have to keep a close eye on if that happens or if Chase or Tyler Boyd steal the show instead.
It should be fun to watch the Bengals and the Steelers go at it for the second time this season. Who do you think will come out on top?