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what it's like to think that victory is only a few seconds away Womens Bobby Hart Jersey , only to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers rally for another improbable win, and run off the field as thousands of their fans twirl towels in the stands.Many of Kirkpatrick's teammates haven't been on the sideline for those blow-to-the-gut finishes, which might work to the Bengals' advantage on Sunday as they revisit a rivalry that's more of a horror story for Cincinnati.The Bengals (4-1) have their youngest team in coach Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons as they get ready to host the Steelers (2-2-1). Nineteen of them are in their first or second season — virtual newcomers to the one-sided series."It's kind of good that some of these guys haven't experienced it because we're trying to go in with clear minds, clear everything," Kirkpatrick said. "Just going out there and playing our game and not (remembering) nothing that happened two or three years ago, or last year."The Steelers know their history.Pittsburgh has won six straight in the series , including an 18-16 victory in the first round of the 2015 playoffs that included an historic meltdown by the Bengals. The Steelers have won nine of 10 and 14 of 17 against their AFC North rival, getting the better of games that have often turned nasty."Yeah, you get amped up there," Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree said. "It's their house. They're trying to be so tough."Some of the main figures in the most memorable games are gone. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is back after sitting out the first four games on his latest NFL suspension, but cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones left after last season. Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is holding out."Many of the significant contributors don't play for us (anymore), they don't play for them," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.Some things to watch Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:LOPSIDED HISTORYThe Steelers are 24-8 against the Bengals since they hired Marvin Lewis as coach in 2003. They're 15-2 at Paul Brown Stadium during that span, including playoff wins in the 2005 and 2015 seasons. During their current six-game winning streak against Cincinnati, the Steelers have overcome deficits of 17-3 and 17-0. They have two last-minute wins.SHAZIER BACKSteelers linebacker Ryan Shazier suffered a spinal injury at Paul Brown Stadium last Dec. 4 when he lowered his helmet and tackled receiver Josh Malone. Shazier was taken to a local hospital. Ten months later, he's still recovering and it's unclear whether he can ever play again. Shazier is on the sideline during games and is expected to be in Cincinnati with his teammates on Sunday.BIG-PLAY BENGALSPittsburgh is known for its tenacious defense Womens Ryan Glasgow Jersey , but the Bengals have made some of the biggest plays this season. They've returned three turnovers for touchdowns, including an interception and a fumble in the fourth quarter of a 27-17 win over Miami on Sunday. The Bengals' rotation on the line has kept them fresh for the endings of games."Guys were really, really getting after it, and it was fun to watch," coordinator Teryl Austin said. "It makes the game easy to call when you know the guys are going to push the pocket back and get after the quarterback and harass the quarterback."ALIVE AND KICKINGA year after making the Pro Bowl for the first time, Steelers kicker Chris Boswell is struggling. He missed his third extra point of the season last week against Atlanta, matching his career high. It hasn't been any easier for Boswell when it comes to field goals, where he is just 3 for 6. Still, Tomlin remains confident in Boswell, who signed a five-year contract before the season.Boswell has never missed a kick against the Bengals, making all 11 extra-point tries and all 20 field goal attempts, including a pair of last-minute winners at Paul Brown Stadium."This guy has delivered for us a lot in the last few years, and I do not have amnesia in that regard," Tomlin said. "He's gotten me out of that stadium in Cincinnati a few times, and so I look forward to taking him to Cincinnati."CAMPAIGNING FOR CONNERIt could be Pittsburgh's final game without Bell, who reportedly will end his standoff and sign a one-year franchise tag next week. Bell's return could create an issue on how to split carries. James Conner has been solid while filling in. The second-year back is coming off a 185-yard from scrimmage Womens Ryan Glasgow Jersey , two-touchdown performance against Atlanta. Ben Roethlisberger believes Conner has done little to earn a demotion."I think James has done some amazing things and deserves to be on the football field," Roethlisberger said. "We also know what Le'Veon is and what he brings to the table, so I guess we'll cross that bridge if and when it happens."AP Sports Writer Will Graves contributed to this report. Before Brees, Bengals' Anderson Completed HistoryYou’ve got to remember that when Ken Anderson became the first quarterback after World War II to complete 70 percent of his passes in the 1982 season, his 66.7 the next year was the second-best completion percentage since 1945.Hobson's Choice: Stretching For A RunI think it’s like anything else in the NFL. There’s more than one answer. Sure, getting used to a new scheme and a new coordinator is probably some kind of a factor. But, when you think about it, their No. 1 nickel package has never really been available.Game Preview: New Orleans Saints vs. Cincinnati BengalsThe Bengals enter the contest at 5-3 and very much in the race for the AFC North Division title. They stand just a half game behind the 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers for the division lead and a game and a half ahead of the third-place Baltimore Ravens, who are 4-5.2018 NFL Playoff Projections: Packers and Cowboys left out of postseason, Bengals sneak inTo help you figure out who's going to make the playoffs this year, we'll be providing a projection each week. These projections will be based on data from number-cruncher Stephen Oh of SportsLine.com. Each week, Oh will plug some numbers into his SportsLine computer and simulate the rest of the NFL season, and using those numbers, we'll project the 12 teams we expect to make the playoffs.Bengals' defense needs to make a big turnaround in second halfFirst-half rewind: The Bengals' grade for the first half of the season is based on two factors. Their record is certainly better at this point than it has been the past two seasons, and the offense has made a marked improvement from 2017. They've also closed out some tough games they might not have closed out before. However, it certainly teeters between the above average/average grade when their defense comes into consideration. The defense gave up a last-minute touchdown to the Steelers and has given up at least 480 yards in each of the past three games. That's a big problem. Grade: Above averageBruce Irvin is ideal Bengals free-agent target after clearing waiversThe former Oakland Raiders defender and obvious Cincinnati Bengals free-agent target passed through waivers unclaimed Tuesday.Bengals: NFL's top-rated passer nextThe Saints are the sixth top 9 scoring offense the Bengals will face to this point Womens Jordan Evans Jersey , and Brees is the NFL’s current leading passer with a 120.6 rating. They enter the game on a seven-game winning streak, having just beaten the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the L.A. Rams, 45-35.Random BytesDez Bryant Rumors: Free-Agent WR in Negotiations with Saints After WorkoutAccording to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Bryant left his workout with the NFC South leaders without a contract, although the Saints "liked what they saw and the sides are in negotiations on a deal." Pelissero added "all signs pointing that way" even though he cautioned Bryant has almost signed with teams in the past.NFL Power Rankings: B/R's Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 10As has been the case every week this year, Bleacher Report NFL analysts Gary Davenport, Brad Gagnon and Brent Sobleski have gathered as the dust settles in Week 9 to rank the league's teams from worst to first.Giants' Saquon Barkley Says Todd Gurley Is NFL's MVP: 'I Love the Way He Plays'New York Giants rookie Saquon Barkley respects his fellow running backs, saying Los Angeles Rams star Todd Gurley is "at the end of today, the MVP of the league," according to Matt Lombardo of NJ.com.Demaryius Thomas on Broncos Trade: 'I'm Emotional. I'm Empty. I'm Empty Still'Demaryius Thomas spent the first eight-plus years of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos, and following his trade to the Houston Texans last week, the veteran is "hurt" by the way his tenure in the Mile High City ended.
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