Impacting The Steelers: Five Key Players

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Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) rushes the ball against Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Chicago defeats Cincinnati 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

 

RB Giovani Bernard: Gio will be big for other reasons but the one he needs to be is pass protection, the coaches are not going to let him see the field much if he can’t protect Andy when needed. Bernard has real special ability with the ball in his hands but the Steelers are going to be bringing pressure hard from the edges with Jarvis Jones and Lamar Woodley, along with pressure up the middle from Lawrence Timmons.  Time to man up Gio, it’s Steelers week.

 

 

C Kyle Cook: Ok, this is why the veteran is supposed to be so valuable for games against stout defenses like the Steelers. The Bengals will have to establish some sort of run game and put Andy Dalton in situations the Steelers defense loves. Negative run plays and penalties against the Bears last week forced the offense into down and distance situations that make the chance of turnovers/sacks go up exponentially.  Cook will need to not only make the line calls but win against his man.

 

 

S George Iolka: The second year safety drew his first start and the results were mixed. He will have to be on his game with new go to receiver Emmanual Sanders because Sanders can get deep on the safety quick, and with Ben Roethlisberger running for his life, it gives Sanders even more opportunity to get past the secondary.  It will be interesting to see who Bengals Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer decides to have Leon Hall cover, Sanders or Antonio Brown.

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