Meeting tonight on Monday Night Football are the Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two teams who are both winless, despite multiple close games for each. It feels as if both teams have had pretty similar seasons: a blowout loss, close losses, defining injuries. All of this to set up what should be a tour de force of mediocre football tonight. Here are some of the reasons why:
Both the Bengals and the Steelers are in the bottom five in the league for yards allowed per game. The Steelers are giving up the third-most passing yards per game and the eighth-most running yards per game, while the Bengals are giving up the eighteenth most passing yards per game and the second-most rushing yards per game. The Steelers are going to have their hands full in the passing game because the Bengals are averaging the third-most passing yards per game this season. On the other hand, the Steelers are +3 in the turnover battle, while the Bengals are -4 so the Steelers might be able to make up for the yards they give up by keeping the ball out of Andy Dalton’s hands.
The Bengals and the Steelers have both lost key players to injuries this year. The Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger and are now forced to start Mason Rudolph at quarterback. They will also likely be missing tight end, Vance McDonald. The Bengals lost A.J. Green before the season and will be playing without Cordy Glenn and Carl Lawson this week.
Neither team is going to be at their best today, but there is potential for a good game tonight. Still not sure why this is on Monday Night Football, but I am not complaining.