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Six Aspects of winning tonight’s AFC North rivalry game

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3. Jonathan Dwyer’s Return

The Pittsburgh Steelers run offense was abysmal against the Titans, rushing for only 31 yards and a fumble. In 2012 on Sunday Night Football, Jonathan Dwyer had his coming out party on prime time, running over the Bengals defense for 122 yards. While he didn’t have spectacular numbers afterwards, he is still a bruiser and could very well be a huge key for the Steelers offense for them to be successful. Running back Isaac Redman is listed as the starter Monday night, as Mike Tomlin stated, but if he is off to a rough start then Jonathan Dwyer could see significant playing time. Much of the Steelers success could end up riding on Dwyer’s shoulders.

Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a 45 yard touchdown pass over Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings (26) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

4. AJ Green vs. Ike Taylor

There’s no question that AJ Green is one of the best wide receivers in the game; but Ike Taylor doesn’t seem to get the same treatment. Arguably the most underrated cornerback in the league, Ike Taylor has put together some very solid seasons. These two players have gone head to head these past two years, going back and forth. This game will be on a national stage, showcasing these two opponents’ talents.

Green is coming off a very good game against two very good ball-hawking corners, whereas Ike Taylor helped stop any Titan wide receiver reach 50 receiving yards. This is just another chapter between two very good players so just sit back and enjoy.