What to Look For: Bengals v Steelers – Week 2

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December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis (left) greets Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (right) at mid-field after their game at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Coaches:
What Tomlin does, or does not do will likely have little bearing on the game. My concern is Lewis in a Primetime game. Expect Lewis to use his challenges early and in poor situations. Expect Lewis to enter halftime with 2 timeouts which he will be shocked to find out cannot be carried over to the second half. Every Bengals fan alive just hopes and prays these will not be large enough gaffes to cost the Bengals the game.

Advantage: Steelers

 

Key to the Game:
The Steelers run game. They don’t need a 100 yard rusher, but if they can be effective enough to make the Bengals respect the run, it will negate some of the Bengals pass rush and aggressive CB play. As terrible as the Steeler RB situation looks, just remember, the Steelers new pick up (Jonathan Dwyer) rushed for 122 yards on just 17 carries on this same Bengals team last year in week 7 – 1/5 of his total yards (623) in 2012. Again, on paper the Bengals should be able to make the Steelers one dimensional, but that was the case in 2012 as well and that did not happen. Monday, I think Zimmer redeems himself and draws up a game plan that shuts down the Steelers and creates advantageous field position for the offense.

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