Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) tries to make a touchdown catch as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) defends at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports
4. AJ Green vs. Ike Taylor
One of the biggest household names went against one of the most underrated corners. Both had very good moments against each other. While Green didn’t go deep, he was able to do hitch routes and outs to beat Taylor. However, Taylor was always right on Green, not allowing him to catch a ball for over 10 yards. It was a hard fought game, and Green struggled a bit.
He miscommunicated with Dalton on a few routes and dropped a pass. Green struggled a little last week before breaking out. Green has all the talent in the world, he just needs to clean some things up. This was a great battle to watch, and will be fun to watch for years to come.
5. Giovani Bernard’s Touches
Benjarvus Green-Ellis was the featured back, so he got a bulk of the carries. After only seeing five touches last week, Jay Gruden decided to finally start giving Bernard some touches. While Bernard saw only five touches last week, he has nine against the Steelers. He averaged 4.8 yards per run, and caught that 27 yard touchdown pass. The offense started to get moving whenever Bernard was in the game.
Bernard is averaging a touchdown every 7 touches, something that should be highlighted so the Bengals use him more. Green-Ellis did a great job wearing that defense down, but Bernard was the game breaker. And it seems he’s the game breaker back the Bengals have been searching for years.