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Bengals vs. Steelers: Position-by-Position Breakdown

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Oct 27, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le

Running Backs:

While Le’Veon Bell (589 yards, 5 TDs) has improved the Steelers run game, that is not saying much. Bell is only averaging 3.4 ypc and the Steelers as a whole are averaging just 77.4 ypg as a team. The one thing Bell does give them which Redman and Dwyer really did not is a pass catching back.

Bell does have 38 receptions for 347 yards. Like Bell, BJGE is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and had another less than impressive game last Sunday. However, the Bengals have a something the Steelers do not – a 2nd back. Bernard now has 1,023 all-purpose yards (620 rushing, 403 receiving), 9 TDs and a 4.7 ypc average.

Bernard gives the Bengals a matchup nightmare for defenses and with his 140 yards last week, Gruden seems to finally be realizing this.

Advantage: Bengals

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