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mesaSteeler
11-29-2011, 09:55 PM
Advanced Scouting: Cincinnati Bengals
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/steelers/advanced-scouting-cincinnati-bengals/article_e6e80501-acb4-5710-b326-0c8d8ee0384e.html
By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:56 pm

PITTSBURGH -- Although the Steelers are playing the Cincinnati Bengals for the second time in three weeks, the scouting report isn't exactly the same.

That's because of "emerging players" as coach Mike Tomlin put it.

For the Steelers (8-3), that includes safety Ryan Mundy, linebacker Jason Woirlds and tight end Wesley Saunders. Each made their share of big plays in the 13-9 win in Kansas City this past Sunday night.

"Those are the kinds of contributions we need from our young and emerging players as we continue to push through our journey," Tomlin said.

Likewise, Tomlin cited wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, tight end Jermaine Gresham and defensive tackle Geno Atkins as "emerging" players for the Bengals (7-4).

"Obviously, they are a very good football team," Tomlin said. "They have some young and exciting players. I just talked about them a few weeks ago. I'll start with where they are emerging or where they might be different than the last time we played them."

OFFENSE

Like it was when the Steelers won 24-17 in Cincinnati, rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and rookie wide receiver A.J. Green are the Bengals' two top weapons. But after Green left that Nov. 13 game at Paul Brown Stadium with a knee injury -- he was hurt while catching a 36-yard TD pass -- Hawkins and Gresham elevated their games.

Hawkins, a Johnstown native who spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the Canadian Football League, led the Bengals with five catches for 56 yards in the loss to the Steelers.

"If you look at them offensively, Andrew Hawkins appears to be an emerging player, not only in terms of what he's capable of doing but how they utilize him," Tomlin said. "He was significant in our game. He caught five or six footballs. They utilize him as a slot receiver on the weak side of empty formations, or coming out of bunches on the strong side.

"Quite frankly, they are utilizing him to break down pressure. They are getting him in favorable matchups versus non cornerback-like bodies, be it linebackers in zone coverage or safeties. He is similar to how some people would use a Wes Welker-like guy." Meanwhile, with 37 catches including five for touchdowns, Gresham is second on the team behind Green in receptions (Green has 44 catches for 745 yards and six TDs).

"Andy Dalton is continuing to develop a quality relationship with his tight end," Tomlin said. "Gresham is a high-round guy (first round in 2010 draft out of Oklahoma), a high-pedigree guy. He's really taken off here in recent weeks. We expect that to continue now that they have Green back in the lineup. That makes them doubly dangerous."

DEFENSE

"Defensively, Geno Atkins appears to be a guy in their front (line) that's on the come," Tomlin said. "He's emerged fast over the last several weeks. He's the hot player.

"We've talked about some of their other guys in preparation for the last performance. They are still very dynamic and capable guys, whether you're talking about (defensive end) Carlos Dunlap or others. But Geno Atkins is a guy that's been very disruptive in the interior part of their front as of late."

Atkins, a second-year pro out of Georgia, leads the Bengals with 6.5 sacks. He had one of his sacks against the Steelers.

There's also been change in the Cincinnati secondary due to the season-ending Achilles tendon injury cornerback Leon Hall suffered against the Steelers. Adam Jones, the former "Pacman," has started the last two games in place of Hall.

Jones missed the Bengals' first six games this year while recuperating from a serious neck injury he suffered in the fifth game of the 2010 season. The sixth overall pick of the 2005 draft, he spent time with Tennessee and Dallas before he was signed by Cincinnati last year. Due to violating the NFL's personal conduct code, Jones missed the entire 2007 season and parts of the '08 season.

"Adam Jones didn't play against us last time but he's been playing (the past two games)," Tomlin said. "We know he's a quality veteran player. We expect to see him and have to deal with what he is capable of."

Curtain_of_Steel
11-30-2011, 12:18 PM
Stop the run

Hit Dalton, Sack Dalton, force him to pass through pressure

Shouldnt have much problems with them. Its not a complicated game plan, lol

Ben needs to pass pass pass till we score, back them up off the blitz, than rush a bit with RM.