Monday Night Preview and Week 13 recap

Tonight, it's ...PITTSBURGH (9-2) at CINCINNATI (5-6) -- 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Gotta go all the way back to Oct. 8th to find the last time the Pittsburgh Steelers lost a football game (see Jacksonville 30, Pittsburgh 9) and it only seems like years since the Steelers last lost to archrival Cincinnati - it actually did happen back in 2015.

The Steelers roar into the Queen City on a six-game SU (straight-up) winning streak overall with five consecutive SU wins posted against these Bengals and if Marvin Lewis' team is gonna snag the upset win here and keep a pulse going in terms of the post-season, then negating WR Antonio Brown (NFL-high 80 receptions for 1,195 yards) and/or RB Le'Veon Bell (NFL-best 981 yards rushing) is an absolute must but the Bengals also can't commit those silly/foolish penalties they always seem to make against Pittsburgh and Bengals' QB Andy Dalton needs at least a handful of downfield "chunk plays" to WR A.J. Green and friends.

Hey, do the Steelers play anything but prime-time games anymore?

Spread Stats - Pittsburgh's just 6-5 ATS (against the spread) this year but note the Steelers enter this prime-time tilt having covered 16 of their last 22 showdowns against Cincinnati dating back to 2007. The Bengals have notched spread victories in their last three consecutive games and overall note that Cincy is a solid 16-10 spreadwise as underdogs.

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In other NFL Week 13 action ...

The Minnesota Vikings' sweet 14-9 win at 2-point fav Atlanta featured a 227-yard, two-TD, 0-INT game from journeyman-turned-star QB Case Keenum (were they really thinking about benching him for Teddy Bridgewater a few weeks ago?) and just two catches for 24 yards for Falcons' megastar WR Julio Jones ... and you still want to know if this Vikings team is "for real". Puh-leeze! ...

The Eli Manning Saga played out in Oakland on Sunday with the QB Geno Smith-led New York Giants hanging tough in a 24-17 loss-but-cover at 9.5-point fav Oakland. Manning stayed put on the sidelines all game long and was classy in his post-game comments while Smith lost a pair of fumbles in "plus territory" but overall wasn't awful with 212 yards passing. The Giants' front office on down has botched this whole Manning benching - no question about that - but while everyone has Eli heading to Jacksonville or Denver in the off-season, may we suggest a different landing spot: Miami ...

Finally, the Seattle Seahawks' resounding 24-10 win on Sunday Night against the 3.5-point favored Philadelphia Eagles -  featured a "fortunate" bounce when Philly QB Carson Wentz fumbled into and out of the end zone when he appeared to be close to a TD and there was that bogus non-call when Seattle QB Russell Wilson flipped the ball forward on that one key second-half drive but consider that the Seahawks (8-4) are rounding into typical December/January form even though "Legion of Boom" stars CB Richard Sherman and S Kam Chancellor are out for the year. Hey, the Seahawks' remaining games are at Jacksonville, home to the Los Angeles Rams, at Dallas and home to Arizona and so it ain't gonna be easy catching the Rams (9-3) for first place in the NFC West but hats off to Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll - sometimes this snake-bitten head coach doesn't get his due based on that Super Bowl gaffe three years ago.