The 10-4-1 Cincinnati Bengals and 10-5 Pittsburgh Steelers have both clinched spots in the playoffs. However, the big question is just who will start the playoffs at home. The winner of this game will be the outright winner of the AFC North and therefore get a home game for the first round.
This game will be held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won their match with the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 7 by a score of 42-21.
The Bengals have won both their games since that loss. These include a shutout over Cleveland, spoiling Johnny Football's NFL starting debut, and an upset over Denver.
The Bengals are getting 135 rushing yards per game as Jeremy Hill has 1,024 rushing yards while Giovani Bernard has 672 yards. However, the Bengals have a concern over Andy Dalton's accuracy. He has fifteen interceptions this year although he also has two more touchdowns.
The Bengals also have a dangerous pass defense with eighteen interceptions this year. Four players on the team have three interceptions.
The Steelers have won one-possession games against Atlanta and Kansas City ever since their win in Cincinnati. They have won four of their last five games. The Steelers are giving up a little less than a hundred rushing yards per game, thus making them one of the few NFL teams at the under-100 yard range in this category.
The Steelers have a much more confident passing situation as Ben Roethlisberger is second in the NFL with 4,635 passing yards. Antonio Brown leads the league with 1,570 receiving yards. Le'Veon Bell has also shown himself to be a huge dual threat with a little more than 2,000 combined yards from the rushing and receiving ends.
The Steelers hold a -3.5 advantage while the over/under is at 48.5 points for this game that has been moved from its original 1pm Eastern slot to a primetime television slot. Both teams can take comfort in the fact that they're in the playoffs no matter what but whoever wins will certainly have a much easier path to the Super Bowl.