As has always been the case with Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense, the strength is at the line backer position. The Steelers LBs – statistically – are playing pretty well. The Bengals will need to be especially aware of the whereabouts ofJason Worilds (7 sacks) and Lawrence Timmons (103 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF and 5 passes defensed).
As a group, the Steelers 4 LBs lead the Bengals 3 LBs in sacks (14-8) and forced fumbles (4-1). However, despite only playing 3 LBs, the Bengals LBs lead the Steelers in tackles (280-239), passes defensed (13-10) and interceptions 3-1. I give this matchup a “Push” because while the Steelers are getting bigger plays from their LBs (sacks and FFs), they are also a huge part of a defense ranked 24th against the run.
The Bengals LBs are a big part of a defense ranked 5th against the run.