If the front line of the Bengals defense can do their job effectively and put Roethlisberger away, the backfield should be able to have a big game against Big Ben. The Steelers quarterback has a special ability to move around in the pocket and break tackles to keep plays alive through the air. The Bengals backfield will have to be on their toes and not back down on plays that look to be over. The Steelers have a pack of speedy receivers led Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. They have the ability to open up the field. The injury plagued, mistake prone, Cincinnati backfield can overcome their past game deficiencies on Sunday, if they snuff out these two guys on the field. They will have to step up their game by erasing their blown coverages and wrapping the ball carriers up early.
Pittsburgh also has a secret receiving weapon in tight end Heath Miller. When all other options are taken away, he seems to get more looks. He is big and has a nose for the first down line. Though, he may not be someone that the team needs to take completely out of the game, his place on the field of play should be noted when Roethlisberger is dropping back to pass. His short yardage can make a big difference at the end of the game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-3 on the road this season and 2-3 in their first 5 games. Coming into a primetime performance against a division rival, they are going to be putting it all on the line to get the win. The Bengals have a history of not playing well when the spotlight is on, so they are going to be looking for their inner peace in order to turn this trend around. If they can do that and get comfortable early on in the game, there is no reason why they can’t “Orange-Out” the Steelers on Sunday night.