If you’re looking for nice, don’t look to Pittsburgh

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Parity reigns supreme in the AFC right now as seven teams sit at 3-3, including Cincinnati. The Bengals can look at the season starting Sunday night against Pittsburgh. It is a race of firsts for Andy Dalton. It will either be the first time he loses three straight or the first time he beats the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Dec 4, 2011; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

You want to talk nastiness? Then these are the right guys. If Demato Peko found a kitten, he would take it home. If James Harrison found one he would eat it. If a girl scout knocked on Geno Atkins door early in the morning selling cookies, he would kindly buy four boxes.Casey Hampton would steal the cookies and then push the Girl Scout down the stairs by her face.

Do you see a pattern? This defense needs to attack and set the tone. They are physically superior to their opponents but you would not be able to tell the last two weeks. This defense is so sweet, they took a player who was so evil he couldn’t even get drafted and have turned him into an altar boy. I’m glad Vontaze isn’t getting personal fouls, but I thought he would bring much needed attitude to this team.

Fans overreact week to week. After the three game winning streak I was certain we were New Orleans bound, and now I’m wondering who they’ll take with the number one pick in the draft. The truth lies somewhere in the middle.

The team has a real problem. They want to run the ball, but teams are figuring out they can’t. Green-Ellis is a good tough back, but he is no homerun threat. Hopefully Gruden can figure out a way to get Cedric Peerman’s speed into the game.

They have become one dimensional, and when you couple that with all of the dropped passes it is a losing formula. There is an interesting problem that develops with super-star receivers. Do you throw it to AJ Green no matter how many guys are covering him? Or do you try and hit the open receiver who benefits from the one on one matchup?

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