In June, Allegheny and Butler Counties reported the lowest unemployment rate in the Pittsburgh, Pa. Metropolitan Statistical Area at 6.9 percent which is almost a percentage point below the national average of 7.8 percent and month-over-month improvement since January.
Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio fared slightly worse in June at 7.1 percent but still more than half a percentage point better than the national average as well as month-over-month at least a tenth of a point improvement since February, the month the Bengals watched AFC Central rival Ravens hoist the Lombardi trophy.
Tonight’s Monday Night match up in the hometown of Nick and Drew Lachey should portend good things for the striped helmets as Andy Dalton is going to rain touchdowns like its turkeys over the Pinedale Shopping Mall at Thanksgiving.
In their last 15 meet-ups in Cincinatti, the Bengals have beaten Pittsburgh and the spread only twice. So it’s more rare than a Les Nessman pocket square that the Bengals cover against their black and yellow foes. However, of those 15 outings, only twice has Steel Town’s economic indicators bettered Cincy, to counter, the Ohio tiger has won both times.
Look for the Bengals to get that swagger back shown in Chicago where they folded week one after building a 21-10 lead before the half. The Steelers opened their 2013 campaign looking more anemic than a sorority girl on a backpacking trip at home versus Tennessee showing up with under 200 yards total offense and just 32 on the ground.
The Bengals’ front five shouldn’t have any trouble duplicating those numbers and as six-point home favorites, Dr. Johnny Fever prescribes a big Monday W for Saddam Hussein’s third son, Who Dey.
Kickoff is 5:40 pm PST at Paul Brown Stadium
Final: Bengals 31, Steelers 21 (over 41)