You can add another ‘p’ to the persistent problems facing the Cincinnati Bengals.
In addition to Pittsburgh, playoffs and prime time, the Bengals tend to struggle post-bye.
Since the NFL made bye weeks a regular part of scheduling in 1990, the team is 8-19-1 the week after a bye, including 5-8-1 under Marvin Lewis.
When the Bengals play on the road after bye, as they will Oct. 22 at Pittsburgh, they are 4-11 overall (3-6 under Lewis).
And when they head into a bye with a winning streak of at least two games, they are 2-3 (2-2 under Lewis).
But while the Bengals are 35-60 against the Steelers all time, they are 4-2 when facing them after a bye. The most recent instance was in 2015 when they started 6-0, had a week off and then went to Pittsburgh and scored a 16-10 victory.