Thursday, January 05, 2006

Steelers vs. Colts Rematch??

Will the Terrible Towels wave at the RCA Dome again this year? Many, including analysts and Vegas bookmakers, think they will.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, a 3-point favorite, travel to Cincinnati to play the AFC Central champion Bengals in a wildcard playoff matchup. In two meetings with the Bengals this year, the Steelers won at home and lost on the road. A Pittsburgh victory will set up a rematch in Indianapolis where the Steelers hope to avenge a 26-7 loss to the Colts November 28 on Monday Night Football.

But the Steelers shouldn't look past the Bengals who posted league-high offensive numbers and were considered to be among the elite teams in the NFL this season. This will be the Bengals' first playoff appearance since 1990, and emotions on the field and in the stands will be charged.

“They’re playing at a high level,” said head coach Bill Cowher about the Bengals. “They’re explosive. They played well defensively down the stretch. There will be a lot of excitement in that stadium, their first playoff game in a long time. It’s a big, big challenge for us. We certainly have to play better than the last time we played them. It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

Pittsburgh is on a roll after putting together a 4-game winning streak to finish the season and get into the playoffs. They were able to re-establish the running game and were impressive in a 21-9 victory against the NFC Number 2 seed, Chicago Bears.

If the Steelers can get the Bus rolling Sunday, the next stop just might be at Peyton Manning's front door.

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