Oct 21, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (42) runs during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
No matter which way you slice this one, the Bengals have a clear advantage. BJGE is coming off a 1,000+ yard season and now they have added the quick, explosive Giovanni Bernard who can be used as the lead back or a WR. The Steelers were led by Dwyer’s pedestrian 623 yards in 2012. They addressed the issue in 2013 by drafting Le’Veon Bell and picking up LaRod Stephens-Howling, but Bell has yet to play with a foot injury, and Stephens-Howling was lost for the year to a knee injury in week 1.
That leaves the Steelers with Redman as the starter (7 carries for 8 yards in week 1), the recently picked up Dwyer, and the severely overrated Felix Jones (0 carries in week 1). Despite the Bengals poor RB numbers in week 1 (19 for 63 and 1 TD), the Steelers were worse (14 for 31 and 0 TDs)…and their leading rusher for the game (Stephens-Howling and his whopping 6 for 19) was lost for the year. With these RBs and this OL combined with the Bengals DL, it will be a tall task for the Steelers to get the run game going on Monday Night.
Not surprising that the team with AJ Green would have the advantage here as well. While Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones were disappointing yet again in week 1, Green alone had the same yardage as all of the Steelers WRs combined (162). While I like the quickness of Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, they come in at 5’10” 186 lbs and 5’11” 180 lbs respectively (and those are generous numbers). Cotchery is the Steelers biggest WR at 6’1” and 200 lbs, but he is their #3 and clearly the least talented of the bunch. None of the Steelers WRs pose a deep threat and none cause matchup problems. AJ Green does both.