Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-6.5)
Welcome to the Gridiron Experts Ultimate Guide to Monday Night. Whether you are a fan of the teams doing battle, have fantasy football or gaming implications, or you’re simply looking for creative ways to increase your alcohol intake during the Monday Night Football telecast, we’ve got you covered. Week 2 of the NFL season takes us to Cincinnati, OH as the Bengals play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Both teams enter this matchup at 0-1 after the Bengals let a double-digit lead slip away against the Bears in Chicago last week, while the Steelers were upset at home by the Titans. After splitting their regular-season series last year, with the visiting team winning each time, who will get back to .500 and who will fall into an 0-2 hole on the young season?
Pittsburgh managed just 195 total yards and one offensive score at home against Tennessee in Week 1 and I don’t expect them to fare much better in Cincinnati this week. Dick LeBeau’s defense should get up for the MNF spotlight, but the Steelers offense will likely have them at a disadvantage most of the night. Meanwhile, the Bengals will continue to work through Green, possibly include Bernard more in his second week as a pro, and will ride what I expect to be a dominating performance by their defense. I’m not crazy about giving almost a touchdown against a proud Steelers team in a primetime game, but I’ll take Cincinnati to win and cover the spread.
Cincinnati 23, Pittsburgh 13
MNF Drinking Game
The matchup on the football field doesn’t have to be the only game in town on Monday night. Get a group together, grab your favorite beer and a bottle of liquor, and enjoy the Gridiron Experts MNF Drinking Game.
- Take one drink for every third down conversion
- Take one drink for every punt
- Take one shot for every interception
- Take one drink for every scoring play (touchdown, field goal, safety, etc.)
- Take one drink every time you hear “Polamalu” (commercials included)
- Take one shot every time Ben Roethlisberger is sacked
- Take one drink for every A.J. Green catch
- Take one shot every time Jon Gruden uses play-calling jargon during the telecast (for example, “flip right, double-X, Jet, 36 counter”)
- Take one drink every time Jon Gruden uses a superlative (best, fastest, strongest, etc.)
Beer of the Week
The Beer of the Week represents a tasty offering from the city/region hosting the week’s Monday Night Football contest. Feel free to incorporate the Beer of the Week into the MNF Drinking Game.
Moerlein Over-the-Rhine Ale – Initially intended to be called Moerlein Pale Ale, Over-the-Rhine (OTR) is a tribute to a 19th-century urban neighborhood that remains intact just north of Cincinnati’s central business district. Located within walking distance of the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company began distributing OTR in 2007. Different than your standard American pale ale, this beer uses a heavy dose of sweet and medium roast malts to temper the hoppiness, leaving a smooth, almost caramel-like flavor.
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