The 2016 NFL playoffs roll on Saturday evening, as the Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The game kicks off at 5:15 p.m. PT, and will air on CBS, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms in the announcer booth.
The 11-5 Steelers snuck into the playoffs in Week 17 thanks to a win and a New York Jets loss. The Steelers are a favorite dark horse, which I suppose makes them less of a dark horse. They won four of their last five, with an inexplicable loss to the Baltimore Ravens mixed in. The Steelers will be without DeAngelo Williams, who replaced Le'Veon Bell. It's safe to say this game rides on Ben Roethlisberger's arm.
The 12-4 Bengals opened the season 8-0, and were looking like they had turned a corner. However, they stumbled late, finishing the season 4-4 to win the division, but miss out on a bye. They lost Andy Dalton to an injury in their last game against the Steelers, and A.J. McCarron has started since then.
The Steelers opened as a point underdog, but have moved into favorite status. The line is currently at 2.5-points, but was as high as a field goal for the Steelers.
Where: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, OH
When: 5:15 p.m. PT
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Radio: Steelers Radio Network | Bengals Radio Network
Online Streaming: CBSSports.com
Odds: Steelers -2.5
Steelers blog: Behind The Steel Curtain
Bengals blog: Cincy Jungle