Bengals vs Steelers: 3 Bold Predictions

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Oct 18, 2015; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bengals beat the Bills 34 to 21. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

1. Andy Dalton throws 35 passes or more

This may not be a good thing or a bad thing. Pittsburgh’s defense has drastically improved since 2014, but it still beatable through the air. The Bengals’ pick-your-poison offense has been wildly successful this year, but Dalton and the passing attack are clearly Cincinnati’s focal point on offense.

The Steelers rank last in the NFL in terms of giving up first downs via the pass, so Hue Jackson will likely tailor his offense to attack the Steelers’ secondary. While the Steelers weren’t great against the run in Kansas City last week, they’ve been pretty successful. The Bengals could try a few runs, but with or without success in the ground game, the easiest way to beat Pittsburgh’s defense is by torching it deep.

Look at last season. While Cincinnati lost to Pittsburgh in both contests in 2014, A.J. Green waxed the Steelers secondary, compiling 19 catches, 306 yards and a touchdown in the two games these teams faced off. The Bengals’ 2015 offense has been spectacular, thanks to Andy Dalton, who could become the third-winningest Bengals quarterback in franchise history with a win on Sunday. The Bengals will likely come out guns blazing on Sunday, so Dalton could end up throwing a lot of passes.