The second week of Monday Night Football on ESPN is here and following the exciting double header from last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Cincinnati for an AFC north matchup against the Bengals that could have huge implications and the start time for the game broadcast will be at 8:30 pm with Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.
The Steelers and the Bengals are both coming into the game with 0-1 record and neither wants to fall to 0-2 with their first divisional loss of the season. The game can be WATCHED and STREAMED on Watch ESPN from ESPN.com and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 8:30 on Monday night. The Steelers looked awful and got very banged up last week against the Titans, while the Bengals lost after a comeback by the Chicago Bears to give head coach Marc Trestman his first win and Jay Cutler some heroic moments.
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The Bengals now will try to recover against a decimated Steelers team that lost a number of players to injury last week, including their Pro Bowl center and their leading rusher for the season through one game. The team decided to sign back Jonathan Dwyer after losing LaRod Stephens-Howling and now the team has him back along with Felix Jones and Isaac Redman to take care of the running game as they wait for rookie Le'Veon Bell to get healthy. All four teams in the division lost last week, so the Steelers and the Bengals are not totally out of it if they lose Monday, but an 0-2 start is never good for a team that is looking to make the playoffs.
Stephens-Howling The Bengals have the Monday Night game against the Steelers at 8:30 pm and then will have a short week with a home game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3. The Bengals saw what the Packers did to the Redskins and they know they risk going down 0-3 with a loss to the Steelers and while coaches preach one game at a time, that could be a disaster for the Bengals. The team then will travel for a divisional game against the Browns before hosting the New England Patriots and then the team will play back to back roadies against the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions.
The team hosts the Jets next and then plays at the Miami Dolphins and at the Super Bowl champion Ravens, their first matchup with the defending champs of the year. The second Browns game is in Week 11 and then the team has its bye in Week 12 and that could be a good thing or a bad thing, as many teams like having the bye closer to the middle of the season rather than at the end. The Bengals have a tough stretch to finish the year and that could determine whether they make the playoffs or not. After a dreaded west coast trip to play the Chargers, the team hosts the Colts before playing the Steelers on the road. Luckily the team finishes with two home games, hosting the Minnesota Vikings before finishing with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers don't have an easy schedule at all, but their bye week in Week 5 could actually be a blessing in disguise, as they are dealing with so many injuries and could get some players back healthy. The team plays a tough game on Sunday night against the Bears in Week 3 and then goes on the road against the Vikings before the bye week. The rest of the scheduled includes a number of tough games, including a road contest against the New England Patriots.
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