Steelers have no real challenge

02 December 2017 04:19:02 GMTPlus11

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in Cincinnati to play the Bengals at the Paul Brown Stadium on Monday evening as they look for a seventh consecutive victory.

Three games ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North Division standings, the Steelers are more concerned with jockeying for the top seed in the Conference with the New England Patriots.

The two teams meet in Week 15 of the season and the main issue in Pittsburgh will be whether they get caught overlooking the Bengals and the Ravens this week and next, before taking on the Patriots at Heinz Field.

Victories over the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and the Green Bay Packers have the Steelers in complete command of the Division.

However, this is also a team that stunk out the joint in defeats to the Chicago Bears and the Jacksonville Jaguars, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing five interceptions in the latter.

That Jekyll and Hyde nature may add a fascinating element to trying to figure out the potential of the Pittsburgh side, but also gives hope to any side that they face in the post-season.

The Steelers are 5.50 to win Super Bowl LII, with the Patriots 3.60 and the Philadelphia Eagles 10.00.

Meanwhile, the Bengals appear on the verge of significant changes. Head coach Marvin Lewis sees his contract run out at the end of the year and the expectation is that Cincinnati will move on.

The Bengals have been consistently so-so for most of his tenure and have never been able to get over the hump to become a legitimate contender.

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