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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals takes place on Monday Night Football in Week 2 of the NFL 2013 regular season tonight. This match up features two AFC North teams in need of a bounce back win after week 1 losses – so there's a lot at stake today.
The game will start at 8.40 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
The Steelers lost their season opener against Tennessee 9-16 putting on a lame offensive display.
The Steelers were physically bullied off the field in last Sunday's Week 1 encounter, which saw them lose center Maurkice Pouncey and linebacker Larry Foote for the season.
Pittsburgh will have to significantly improve in all areas of the field, after only posting 163 yards on pass and 31 yards on rush, and with just 194 total offensive yards gained, they have serious problems.
The Bengals also lost in Week 1 but put up a much better fight than the Steelers. Cincinnati went on the road to play Chicago, and came out on the wrong side of a 21-24 result. However, unlike the Steelers, the Bengals did not suffer any severe injuries to key players.
Despite the loss, one massive plus point for the Bengals was A.J. Green, who blew away the Chicago defense, rushing for 162 yards on 9 receives. That allowed him to finish with an average gain of 18 yards, and he also scored two touchdowns in a hugely impressive display.
On the down side for the Bengals they suffered too many turnovers, and were limp in defense, and ultimately cost them the victory.
Today they dare not offer such a feeble defensive display against their fierce rivals, and they will want to continue their good work on the offensive pass, where they recorded 277 yards in Week 1.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football from the Paul Brown Stadium will kick off at 8.30 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on ESPN, or alternatively can be watched online through live stream by clicking here.