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I wasn’t sure really which Bengals game would be more difficult. The contests are usually pretty even each season. One team usually does well in both even if the win/loss column doesn’t usually show that.
The Steelers are also usually pretty good against the Bengals. Assuming that any road game is more difficult than a home game, I’ll put the Bengals at home down as the more difficult match.
For the Steelers, this will be all about containing the Andy Dalton to A.J. Green connection. Stopping that will stop the Bengals. If those two can hook up regularly, the Steelers will get into a shooting match.
The Bengals aren’t chumps anymore, so the Steelers need to make sure they view them as contenders. If not, they’ll get trapped by a team on the rise.