The Cincinnati Bengals came out of Paul Brown Stadium as the winner against the Pittsburgh Steelers. While before the game, I wrote six aspects that could be a key to the outcome of the game. So let’s take a look at all the aspects and see what the outcome was, and how it affected the game.
Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) and defensive end Michael Johnson (93) during the third quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
1. Getting to Big Ben
The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled to protect Big Ben last year, and it seems to be the case this year. Although Ben Roethlisberger was only sacked two times, he was hit by the defensive line six times. He was their only offensive weapon, and Pittsburgh struggled to keep him upright. Michael Johnson recorded three quarterback hits and six quarterback hurries.
If the Steelers want to win, they are going to have to keep Ben up. The Bengals did a nice job rattling him, which allowed the secondary to keep a hold on the wide receivers. The struggled to bring him down at times, but the hits definitely took a toll on Ben’s rhythm.