A matchup between Cincinnati Bengals and the Pittsburgh Steelers would be contentious no matter the circumstances, given that they're division rivals, but both teams also have plenty at stake with a win or loss. The Bengals are 9-4 and fighting to sneak into one of the AFC's top two seeds behind the 10-3 New England Patriots and 11-2 Denver Broncos. The Steelers are 5-8, but have yet to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in the midst of one of the tightest conference wild card races in recent memory.
The game could be fun to watch, but experts largely expect just one outcome. The Bengals have been the stronger through 13 games, and are 3.5-point favorites on the road. They are heavy favorites around the web as well.
SB Nation's six-man panel may be the most split on the outcome of the game. Still, four of the six are siding with Cincinnati. Only Joel Thorman and David Fucillo were willing to stake their reputation on Pittsburgh. Among ESPN's gaggle of 14 prognosticators, all but four picked the Bengals, and at CBS, only Jason La Canfora took the Steelers among nine experts. At Yahoo! both Frank Schwab and the site's user base took Cincinnati.
The Bengals had lost five straight to the Steelers before their win earlier this season. If the Internet is any indication, they will be starting a streak of their own Sunday.