Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis on what to expect from the Pittsburgh Steelers this week:
As you look at Pittsburgh, they’re so effective with the quarterback – he’s such a good player. He makes so many plays on his own. They’ve got great skill guys. They spread the ball around very well. The tight end, Heath Miller, leads them in receptions, but you’ve got (Mike) Wallace, you’ve got (Antonio) Brown, you’ve got (Emmanuel) Sanders. All of those guys are making big catches. The backs are hard-running guys. So it’s a great challenge. We didn’t play very well against them the first game against them, particularly in the second half defensively. We’ve got to do a much sounder, better job in this football game.
With their defense, we know that they haven’t had the explosive kind of year that they’re used to up-front rushing the quarterback. But we know these guys individually can get after the quarterback, so we have to do a great job in protection. We have to do a great job in the running game. It’s going to be quite a challenge again. Both front groups have to play very, very well.
Special teams-wise, they’ve got two guys that return – (Chris) Rainey and (Antonio) Brown – that are effective returners, very good returners. We have to do a very good job in coverage, with separation and tackling, then create some movement and momentum on our side in that way. So all three phases will be a challenge.