[1:00 PM] Steelers @ Bengals

What will be the match result?

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)

@ Cincinnati Bengals (5-7)


The line for this game is Steelers by 3 points.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have surged back to the top of the AFC North on the heels of a four-game winning streak, but they will face a tough divisional matchup when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon. Pittsburgh moved into first place in the AFC North with a 27-20 win in the snow at Buffalo last weekend — its third road victory during the four-game run.

Pittsburgh’s winning streak coincided with the decision to dole out a heavy workload to Bell, who has amassed 620 yards rushing and five touchdowns while added 22 receptions. Bell, who has carried the ball at least 23 times in each of the last four games, does not have pleasant memories against the Bengals, suffering season-ending injuries in each of the previous two years. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is coming off one of his worst games of the season, tossing three interceptions at Buffalo to mark the third time he’s failed to thrown a touchdown pass on the road. Pittsburgh’s defense has been a force during the four-game run, registering 18 sacks.

After failing to complete 56 percent of his passes during a three-game skid, quarterback Andy Dalton connected on better than 70 percent while tossing four touchdowns and zero interceptions in back-to-back wins over Philadelphia and Cleveland. Running back Jeremy Hill went over 100 yards for only the second time this season in last week’s win over Cleveland. Hill could be line for another heavy workload, particularly with the iffy status of Green, who practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday. Tackle Geno Atkins was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week after registering two sacks and five tackles against the Browns.

Roethlisberger is 10-2 in the regular season at Cincinnati.

The Bengals released Mike Nugent and claimed fellow K Randy Bullock off waivers from Pittsburgh.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown is seven receptions shy from joining Marvin Harrison as the only player with four straight 100-catch seasons.


StreakSmarts Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick