The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati Sunday night to face the Bengals in an AFC North division battle, and in predicting the outcome, most pundits only agree that the contest will be a tight one.
SB Nation's NFL Editor Joel Thorman writes that it's "a big game" for both teams, saying, "The problem for Cincy is that it doesn't beat Pittsburgh very often," as he went on to predict a 20-16 Steelers win.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated went the other direction, citing Troy Polamalu's possible absence due to a strained calf as the main reason behind a 23-20 Bengals victory. "Andy Dalton had two sub-par games against the Steelers last year," Kings writes, "but Polamalu was there in both to torment him and to disguise deep coverages against A.J Green."
Locally, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette selected against the hometown Steelers, predicting a 27-24 Cincinnati win due in-part because, as he writes, "The Steelers have not won a game on the road since last year's regular-season finale in Cleveland."
Over at ESPN, their 12-man panel of pundits selected 8-4 overall in favor of the Steelers.