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Reasons for a win, reasons for a loss

Why the Steelers will win:

Mike Tomlin is 5-0 on Monday night football, and the Steelers don’t just win with him as their coach on Monday night, they dominate.

11/5/07 vs Baltimore 38-7 Win
11/26/07 vs Miami 3-0 Win
9/29/08 vs Baltimore 23-20 Win
11/3/08 at Washington 23-6 Win
11/9/09 at Denver 28-10 Win

Five games – total points for the Steelers 115-43, meaning the average margin of victory is 23 to 8.6.

The Bengals can’t stop Ben Roethlisberger. He is 6-1 in Cincinnati with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. His lowest passer rating in those seven games was 93.2.

The Steelers run all over Cincy, putting up 162.1 yards per game in its last nine visits to the Queen City. Think Rashard Mendenhall isn’t licking his chops?

Brett Keisel returns. The DE (hamstring) is expected back after a two-game absence, giving a boost to the D-line.

Why the Steelers will lose:

The pass D is having big issues. The Steelers have allowed 261.5 yards per game over its last four and the Bengals will attack them all night.

Now or never for Cincy – the Bengals have played poorly all season, and at 2-5 this is likely their last shot to step up and make any sort of impact in the AFC North. They know they have to do it tonight or it’s all over.

Hangover effect – The Steelers may still be reeling a bit after the 20-10 loss last week in New Orleans. They have to be focused and step up tonight.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. jay

    November 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Why am I mad after a win?! Hey, Matt, I’m a get the coffee ready…Man this coaching staff of Tomlin and Arians couldn’t carry Bill Cowher’s Jockstrap…..Fuck this team for letting them back in….Pitssburgh doesn’t deserve fans that care with passion after performing like that…Ben has a fukin candy arm, underthrowing players so that they had to get the ball to randel el in order to get the ball to Wallace, Arians is mentall retarded from a fukin IQ standpoint and Tomlin sux! How about that we cant cover in the secondary the inbreds in cincinnati almost got an early christmas, I can’t believe I had to sit through that garbage….real fans root for cowher when he comes back!

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