Steelers Vs. Bengals: Whose Advantage In The Second Half Of The Season?

Steve SmithContributor INovember 11, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 18: Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the football against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on October 18, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 27-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati (Remaining Opponents)   
















WLHomeAwayPass Offense RankingRush Offense RankingOverall Offense RankingPass Defense RankingRush Defense RankingOverall Defense Ranking
PIT62 151551415
OAK26 1312632132927
CLE171 322231223132
DET171 212025311726
MIN71 114121121618
SD53 17321752611
KC171 282430302830
JETS44 1271132142

27373520.619.020.517.319.018.9











Pittsburgh (Remaining Opponents)   
















WLHomeAwayPass Offense RankingRush Offense RankingOverall Offense RankingPass Defense RankingRush Defense RankingOverall Defense Ranking
CIN621 1891225214
KC17 1282430302830
BAL44 110131019712
OAK261 312632132927
CLE17 1322231223132
GB441 9107894
BALT441 10131019712
MIAMI35 12942328522

25394420.915.119.420.514.819.1

 

I have laid out all the remaining opponents that both teams have and their respective W-L records. So here goes:

 

WIN-LOSS Records

Bengals next eight opponents have a 27-37 combined record at this point of the season.

Steelers next eight opponents have a 25-39 combined record at this point of the season.

 

HOME-AWAY Games

Bengals have three home games and five away games left.

Steelers have four home games and four away games left.

Bengals have to play Pittsburgh, Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland, and the Jets on the road. Pittsburgh faces KC, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Miami on the road.

 

Overall Average Offense Ranking remaining

Bengals: 20.5 ranking

Steelers: 19.4 ranking

 

Overall Average Defense Ranking remaining

Bengals: 18.9 ranking

Steelers: 19.1 ranking

 

In short, it promises to be a tight race where many of the factors are very close and no one can afford to drop any "cheap" games.