These teams had similar expectations when the season began, but have gone in opposite directions. Cincinnati hosted the Jets on Sunday and won a high-scoring game to stay afloat in the AFC North, but it needs a victory over Pittsburgh to really get back into the race. Pittsburgh is coming off a last-second loss in Denver Sunday night. Defensively, the Broncos consistently kept a safety in the box on early downs and brought extra pressure when the Steelers passed. This worked quite well. The Steelers defense has been simply outstanding in the first half of games, so it is important for Cincinnati to come out strong or risk playing from behind, which is exactly what it does not want to do against this aggressive Pittsburgh defense.