In week 10 the teams in the AFC North will stay in their division and the biggest game of them all will be between the Bengals and Steelers who are tied for first in the North.
The Bengals will be riding high into Heinz Field with a 17-7 crucial division victory over the Ravens last Sunday.
Sweeping the Ravens and Browns has given them an undefeated record in their division and with one victory over the Steelers, a leg up in the race to call themselves division champs.
They haven't been able to do so since 2005 when they lost to the Steelers in a wild card game that saw two teams both finish their seasons at 11-5.
Chad Ochocinco and Carson Palmer are also having one of their more impressive seasons. Another highlight is their defense which has been overlooked in the past but is beginning to make some noise.
This is certainly the other big contest of the weekend and for the Bengals sake let's hope the stage doesn't prove too be to much for them as the Steelers have been here plenty of times before.
Things to Watch for:
1. Except for decisive wins at home against Baltimore and Chicago all of the Bengals wins have been by close margins. They strung together four wins in a row in the final seconds, resulting in the nickname, "Cardiac Cats." As their previous 23-20 victory over the Steelers proved, Palmer and Co. will go down to the wire if need be and are no strangers to late-game dramatics.
2. Besides the sharpened connection of Palmer and Ochocinco, free agent acquisition Laveranues Coles is becoming a go-to threat while clutch receiver Andre Caldwell has come up with two fourth-quarter game deciding touchdowns.
3. Safety Troy Polamalu and running back Cedrick Benson can join their teams this time around as they both were out in the first meeting. Troy will provide that much-needed presence in the backfield, making it difficult for the Bengals as he is a dynamic threat who covers and tackles equally well.
Cedrick Benson was last year's outcast, but now with a new home is re-energized and is second in the NFL in rushing. He has averaged over 30 carries in the last two games and continuing to feed him the ball could result in a second straight 100-yard day.
4. Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall have surprisingly become one of the best corner tandems in the league as of late despite the 24th ranking of the Bengals pass defense.
They've done a great job covering their assignments and will need to against a balanced Steeler team who's becoming pass friendly as well.
5. Along with the focus by the Steelers of their passing game they have brought along second year back Rashard Mendenhall and with his recent showings should be poised to do well if the Bengals even give him an inch.
The Bengals have not beaten the Steelers for consecutive times since 1998.
When the Bengals have at least 25 rushing attempts under Marvin Lewis, they are 26-1.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is undefeated against the AFC North at home (7-0)
When Troy Polamalu has an interception, the Steelers are 16-3.