Bengals open as six-point underdogs to Steelers


Bengals open as six-point underdogs to Steelers

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Giovani Bernard #25 of the Cincinnati Bengals rushes against Artie Burns #25 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh could essentially close the door on Cincinnati’s division title hopes this weekend.

The Steelers host the Bengals in a late-afternoon game at Heinz Field Sunday. A loss drops Cincinnati to 2-4, while Pittsburgh would be 5-2 with tiebreakers over every divisional opponent.

The Bengals can keep their division hopes alive with an upset. The Steelers open as a six-point favorite. They’ve beaten the Bengals in six of seven games, covering six times.

Cincinnati won two in a row before its bye. The offense is looking alive since the firing of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese. The Steelers were embarrassed by Jacksonville a week ago, then rebounded to defeat the previously unbeaten Kansas City on the road.

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