Steelers Head Into Cincinnati With Playoffs on the Line

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Leaving the Past Behind

The Steelers will look to rejuvenate themselves in another divisional game in Cincinnati against the 0-10 Bengals. Pittsburgh is coming off a brutal loss to Cleveland that will have its lasting effects going into Week 12. They’ll be without Maurice Pouncey, who is serving a suspension for his involvement in the Rudolph-Garrett scuffle. They could also be without JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Conner, and Diontae Johnson. They all left the game last week with injuries.

Playoff Hopes

The Steelers’ chances at the playoffs are slimming, and there are only six games to go with no room for error. A win against Cleveland would’ve had them sitting pretty in a wild card spot. But, they can turn it around and keep themselves in it with a win in Cincinnati. The Bengals are looking for a win just as badly as the Steelers, and it won’t be easy for the Steelers. The Bengals held the Oakland Raiders to only 17 points on the road and quietly ranked in the top third of the league in red-zone defense. The race remains between the Colts, Raiders, and Steelers for the last playoff spot, keeping Steeler fans’ hopes alive.

Hot Seat for Rudolph

Mason Rudolph could be on the hot seat if he can’t get things going. We could see a quarterback change as soon as the second half of this game if Rudolph continues to struggle coming off a bad loss. They could turn to Devlin Hodges sooner than later to see what they have in their quarterback room heading into the offseason. 

Defense Wins Games

Look to see how the Steelers defense gets back to their dominant ways that helped pave the way for their 5-game win streak before the TNF loss. The defense will be relied on heavily in this rival game if the Steelers want to capture their sixth win.

Tune in to CBS at 1 pm EST to catch the Steelers @ Bengals. 

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