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mesaSteeler
11-13-2011, 10:04 AM
Game 10 Matchup: Steelers vs. Bengals
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

GAME PLAN

When the Bengals have the ball: Even with a rookie QB, the Bengals have turned the ball over only eight times, fewest in the AFC. RB Cedric Benson remains the team's workhorse with 536 yards and two touchdowns but has only two runs of 20 yards or longer. The Bengals average just 3.7 yards per rush despite trying to be more of a power-running team with FB Chris Pressley and two-tight end sets. TE Jermaine Greshman (hamstring), who has 25 catches and 221 yards receiving, could return. Rookie A.J. Green is off to one of the best starts in team history, but the Bengals have also been able to develop former No. 2 pick Jerome Simpson. His development has been key because WR Jordan Shipley sustained a season-ending injury in Week 2. The Steelers will be without OLB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) for the second game in a row. But ILB James Farrior (calf) is expected to return.
Sunday

Game: Steelers (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-2), Paul Brown Stadium.

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

When: 1 p.m.

TV: KDKA.

Radio: WDVE-FM (102.5), WBGG-AM (970) and the Steelers Radio Network.

Favored:Patriots by 3.

When the Steelers have the ball: Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has been able to use draft picks and free-agent signings to build the league's No. 4 defense. The Bengals will use eight different defensive linemen, depending on run and pass situations, and the rotation appears to be working. They are second in the league in rush defense and also are generating pressure on the QB with their down lineman. Of their 20 sacks, 15 have come from their defensive linemen led by DT Geno Atkins (31/2 sacks). The additions of Manny Lawson and Thomas Howard through free agency have given the Bengals the best set of linebackers since Marvin Lewis became coach. In the secondary, Nate Clements is smart and always around the ball. S Reggie Nelson has been good against the run. They will be tested by QB Ben Roethlisberger, who has 1,056 yards and 6 TDs in his past three games.
KEEP AN EYE ON ...

Brandon Tate/Adam "PacMan" Jones ... The tandem has combined to give the Bengals a pair of productive return specialists. Tate, who had two kick returns for touchdowns with New England in 2010, has a 56-yard punt return for touchdown and averages 10.5 yards per return despite never returning punts before this season. However, Jones has not played since pulling up with a hamstring injury on a 63-yard punt return against the Seahawks Oct. 30. He is listed as doubtful on the injury report.
INTANGIBLES

The Bengals have won five in a row, the best streak in the AFC and third best in the NFL. However, they are 1-9 in 10 games against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, including postseason. This is Marvin Lewis' 50th division game since becoming head coach, and the only team against whom he has a losing record is the Steelers (5-11). ... The Steelers had a four-game winning streak snapped with last week's loss to the Ravens. After each of their last seven regular-season losses, dating to 2009, the Steelers have bounced back with a victory.
KEYS TO VICTORY

To win, the Bengals must ...

1 Go Green. The rookie receiver has the size, speed and body control to make big plays and change the game.

2 Not toy with Troy. A rookie QB must find Troy Polamalu in the many looks the Steelers will use. He has three INTs in his past five games vs. the Bengals.

3 Get Carlos in Ben's lap. Carlos Dunlap is the best of the Bengals pass rushers and will be matched against friend and former college teammate, Marcus Gilbert.

To win, the Steelers must ...

1 Not let Andy be dandy. Dalton has already led three fourth-quarter comebacks, and that's something to which the Steelers defense has been susceptible.

2 Get Ben to work. Roethlisberger is averaging 352 yards passing in the past three games and will attack a pass defense that has been vulnerable to big plays.

3 Have Whit be worth less. Bengals LT Andrew Whitworth needs to control James Harrison, who had three sacks, six QB pressures and a forced fumble last week.

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