Bengals: Top Targets Against Steelers

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Nov 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) carries the ball against Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Bengals won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

THE DARK HORSE CANIDATE: DeAngelo Williams

Roethlisberger and Brown are the two players who are the obvious threats, but veteran running back DeAngelo Williams has been just as deadly this season. Since replacing the injured Le’Veon Bell in first Cincinnati game, Williams has compiled 387 yards and 3 touchdowns in 4 games. Those number are quite impressive considering that Bengals running back Jeremy Hill had less than 500 yards through nine games.

The most dangerous aspect of Williams, is that he may fly under the radar considering the other high profile threats. The biggest thing that the Bengals can do to shut him down is, acknowledge and respect how much of a threat he truly is. If Cincinnati treats Williams like the explosive runner he is, they should be able to neutralize him as a threat.

The Bengals are by no means outmatched in this game. They can match Pittsburgh’s talent step for step, and have the ability to outperform the Steelers. Part of being successful in life is having the mental toughness and desire for victory that propels you to the top of field. Thus far Cincinnati has taken a back seat to no one.

They have beaten this Pittsburgh team once already and for the first time in years is playing from a position of authority. The Bengals need to not give in to the pressures of a rivalry and avoid dumb mistakes. All the Bengals need to do is follow the two of the rules from the movie Roadhouse, 1: never underestimate your opponent, 2: be nice. Cincinnati can out shine the Steelers by not allowing Pittsburgh to dictate the the pace and style of the game. The Bengals are on the edge of glory, and a win over the Steelers will put them one step closer to their ultimate goal, a Super Bowl title.

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