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5. What will the Steelers do to slow down the Bengals offense?

DT: They must find ways to keep Green, Eifert and Gresham in check in the passing game. A pass-rush must come from the front-seven, so hopefully Jason Worilds can continue on his recent hot streak. If they can rattle Andy Dalton, it will help their secondary immensely. I just hope that they can contain BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard on the ground, especially since they rank 24th against the run.

 

6. Prediction for Sunday?

DT: I see the Bengals having too much at stake to take this game lightly. Just like they did last year in Week 16, I think they will come in ready to play some physical and focused football. Green, Eifert and Gresham will be too difficult to keep in check for Pittsburgh’s defense, and I am definitely worried about Cincinnati’s stellar defensive ends attacking Marcus Gilbert in passing situations.

If Roethlisberger receives adequate protection and can air things out, the Steelers will have a shot to keep the game competitive. Unfortunately, I’ll be looking for a defensive collapse late by Pittsburgh’s defense, and the Bengals to win on a field goal like they did in 2012 at Heinz Field.

Cincinnati: 30

Pittsburgh: 27

 

 

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