NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 13
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 13

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Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (+5.5), 43.5 o/u – Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST

The Story: The Steelers may have won six straight, but they aren't exactly dominating on a consistent basis, escaping by the skin of their teeth against teams they should be steamrolling like the Colts and Packers. That's a trend that could haunt them in a divisional game, but Pittsburgh has mostly been owning Cincinnati in recent years, so they've probably got this. Of bigger concern is a toe injury to Antonio Brown, but with an extra day to heal up he's not expected to miss another chance to shine in prime time. The Bengals, at least, seem to have gotten Joe Mixon going despite their patchwork offensive line, but that hasn't helped Andy Dalton – one of only two starting QBs in the league getting less than 2.5 seconds per dropback to throw the ball. (Derek Carr's the other). Expect T.J. Watt to extend his family's legacy of making life miserable for the Red Rifle.

The Skinny:
2017 PIT offense: 23.5 PPG (13th), 104.1 rushing yds/gm (18th), 272.0 passing yds/gm (9th), 15 sacks allowed (4th), 16 turnovers (T-18th)
2017 CIN offense: 18.1 PPG (25th), 75.6 rushing yds/gm (31st), 215.6 passing yds/gm (27th), 28 sacks allowed (21st), 17 turnovers (T-22nd)
2017 PIT defense: 17.5 PPG allowed (4th), 96.0 rushing yds/gm

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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