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Bengals vs. Steelers: Position-by-Position Breakdown

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Defensive Line:

This one is not even close. Despite the injuries on the Bengals line, they still have a much better D-Line. The Bengals D-Line has accounted for 25.5 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, 1 interception and 18 passes defensed. The Steelers? 10 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 0 interceptions and 7 passes defensed.

While some of the number discrepancies have to do with scheme (Bengals 4-3 vs Steelers 3-4), most of it has to do with a weak Steelers D-Line that lost Hampton and were relying on a 35 year old Brett Keisel to start. The struggles of the line are most notable in the running game where the once proud Steelers now rank 24th stopping the run, giving up 120.2 ypg.

The Bengals rank 5th, surrendering just 98.2 ypg. When I think Steelers football, I think of teams strong along both lines. That couldn’t be further from the truth with the 2013 bunch.

Advantage: Bengals

 

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