NFL 75 DIME INSIDE MOVE GOW
Both teams are coming in with heavy injuries, but the Steelers will be light!
For the Steelers, two players have already been ruled out for this prime-time game, Joe Haden(fibula) and Vance McDonald (ankle). There were a pair of starters dealing with ankle injuries, and Mike Mitchell has been listed as doubtful for the AFC grudge match.
The biggest injury to watch will be the toe injury of Antonio Brown. After being a full participant in the team’s first practice of the week, he missed the following practices and is officially listed as questionable. While many are suggesting the injury is minor, toe injuries have been known to linger and cause a major roadblock to players getting back on the field.
Not all the news was bad for the Steelers, and the good news was that Ryan Shazier (ankle) and JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) were not on the final report, meaning they’ll be in the lineup when the two division rivals kickoff.
The extra week to prepare and rest up is a big plus for Cincinnati in this matchup, while home-field advantage serves as a nice bonus for Pittsburgh. Defensively, these teams are about as evenly matched as you can get. But the Steelers should have the edge on offense if they place an emphasis on getting the football into the hands of Le’Veon Bell as much as possible. That should make the difference as Pittsburgh earns another close, hard-fought, win in this storied rivalry on Sunday.
This game will be close, and will be decided by a field goal.
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