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Despite dropping two straight games after an 11-0 start, the Steelers clinched a playoff spot in Week 14 by way of a Dolphins loss. The next step is to clinch the third division title in the past five years, which the Steelers can do by simply beating the Bengals on Monday night as two-touchdown favorites.
Pittsburgh has won the past 11 meetings against its division foe, but can it cover this large spread? Let’s take a look.
Most knew that the Steelers were a flawed 11-0 team. They’re a legit contender in the AFC, sure, but they’re far from perfect — especially when it comes to an offense that lacks balance and explosiveness.
The offensive line has struggled, ranking 31st in Adjusted Line Yards (per Football Outsiders), which has contributed to an almost nonexistent rushing attack that ranks dead last in expected yards per carry. Their offense is almost completely reliant on a short passing attack, which makes it difficult to sustain drives — especially when the receivers have drop issues as we’ve seen over the