3 Steelers to Watch on Monday Night

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Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (89) reaches for an overthrown pass against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Tennessee Titans won 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here are three Steelers players that you should keep a special eye on for Monday night’s contest.

The running backs: Jones, Redman, and Dwyer have all been splitting first-team reps this week, following Redmans’ dismal performance against the Titans. Still, it’s difficult to ignore his success against Cincinnati in the past. Expect any and all three of them to have a chance at playng on Sunday, and the Bengals may have to deal with shifts in the running game throughout the contest.

Whoever replaces Maurkice Pouncey: For the Steelers, the Week 1 loss was worse than the scoreboard read at the end of the game. They also lost both Poncey and Foote, possibly for the entire season. Be on the lookout for the center on Monday night, whether it be Beachum or Wallace.

Either way, the center is responsible for calling the quick reads at the line, and the Bengals will look to cause disruption up front. We may see a few different blitz packages from Zimmer, if only to test the pro-bowler’s replacement.

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