3 advantages the Bengals have over the Steelers in 2022
By Alex Austin
The Cincinnati Bengals were the best team in the division in 2021 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not going to be the team to knock them off the top.
With their AFC North title defense about to start, the Cincinnati Bengals are going to have a target on their back. The division is set to boast some of the top talent in the NFL with all four teams looking to compete for Wild Card spots or the division crown. Even with this immense amount of talent, the stripes should once again be able to rise to the top.
There are a few teams that should be able to compete with Cincinnati, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are not that team. Even though the Steelers have had the Bengals’ number the last few years, this will not be that year. The Steelers are headed in the opposite direction from Cincinnati and could find themselves in the basement of the AFC North while the good guys should be able to win the division again.
Things are looking like the Bengals are going to be on the right side of this rivalry for the foreseeable future, and this year, here are three advantages the reigning AFC champs have over the Steelers.
Joe Burrow is a star. Since he joined the Bengals, he has carried the team to new heights. He was able to turn around a franchise that had spent years dwelling at the bottom of the NFL. He led the stripes to the Super Bowl and was one play away from winning the game. An additional year removed from injury will allow Burrow to continue to elevate his game.
On the flip side, the Steelers are in quarterback purgatory. With the retirement of Big Ben, the Steelers are entering a season without a good option behind center. Mitch Trubisky is likely to be the starter entering the season and that does not bode well for Pittsburgh. Trubisky had plenty of ups and downs in Chicago but did not do enough to hang on to the starting job there.
The Bengals are entering the season with the ability to make another Super Bowl run and their quarterback is a huge reason why. The quarterback play is going to determine the winner the two times the Steelers play the Bengals, and Cincinnati has a clear advantage.