5. Giovani Bernard’s Touches
Benjarvus Green-Ellis is a good back, he’s hard-nosed and will get tough yards when you need him to. However, he lacks agility and breakaway speed: enter Giovani Bernard. On five touches against the Bears, Bernard averaged 6 yards per touch. It’s a mystery why Bernard wasn’t used more to help the Bengals move the chains and see what he could do. Bernard should be looking at 10-15 touches this game, as the Bengals will need a change of pace back against the Steelers. There’s no doubt that the Lawfirm is good at what he does, but Bernard needs to be given the opportunity to showcase his talents as well. The running backs must have a good game or this could be a long day for the passing game.
6. Turnover Battle
The Cincinnati Bengals had three costly turnovers last week against the Bears. Two of those turnovers were when the Bengals were driving down the field to get more points. The Steelers gave up two turnovers against the Titans that proved to hurt them in the long run. If either team wants to win this game, they are going to have to cut down on the turnovers to win. Andy Dalton must be careful with the ball, and his receivers must catch it. Ben Roethlisberger must hold on to the ball tightly if the pocket around him is crashing, and Isaac Redman must have a clear handle on the ball as well. This is going to be a hard fought, defensive battle with some nice offensive plays. Whoever holds onto the positive side on the turnover battle could very well be the winner of this game.