Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are very similar midwestern cities. In 2012, their respective NFL teams are anything but similar.
The Steelers (2-3) have struggled against weak teams, due in large part to injuries to key players on defense. Safety Troy Polamalu has missed three of his team's first five games this season. Linebackers James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have also been usual suspects on the injury report in this young season. The remaining Steelers haven't been able to pick up the slack, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has had to operate with a suspect committee of running backs behind him.
The Bengals (3-3) opened their season with vigor, starting 3-1. Since then, they've lost to underachievers Miami and division rival Cleveland. The Bengals' front seven might be the most underrated in the league, with most of the team's press finding its way to the passing combination of quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green.
Enjoy our preview of this week's Sunday night matchup between the Steelers and the Bengals in our latest video. Check out our takes above and leave yours in the comments below. Tell us your favorite to win, and more importantly, tell us why.
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