Bengals vs. Steelers: 5 Questions with Still Curtain

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A big thank you to Kim Myers of Still Curtain for taking the time to answer some questions for us on Sunday’s Bengals vs. Steelers matchup. Check out what she had to say.

Stripe Hype: Bengals and Steelers Rivalry got heated quickly after their last contest with Le’Veon Bell getting injured. How much did that injury play into their rivalry and how much has it been both teams being relevant? 

Kim Meyers: I think the injury has a lot to do with it. The Bengals have been a playoff team for a while but these regular-season games between Cincy and Pit haven’t seemed as heated as they do this season. Vontaze Burfict is the new Terell Suggs. – Just less ugly LOL. I think the nastiness in the rivalry is great and it only intensifies when both teams are relevant.

SH: DeAngelo Williams hasn’t missed a beat with they injury to Bell, do you think he will slow down anytime soon, or is this sustainable for him? 

KM: I think this is sustainable for him. He might be one of the oldest running backs in the league but he shared the majority of the workload in Carolina with Jonathan Stewart. He could not be a better fit for this team with his running style and his pass blocking.

SH: Steelers defense seemed to struggle against Seattle, but then came roaring back against the Colts, which defense will we see on Sunday

KM: Your guess is as good as mine. I’m hoping that including Brandon Boykin in the secondary will provide the spark the team needs to not have that unit be a liability for the team. As long as the defense can take the ball away and get off the field on third downs the secondary’s weaknesses won’t be exposed and they’re tough to beat.

SH: The Bengals will have Tyler Eifert coming back for this game, what do you think the Steelers will do to contain A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, and Tyler Eifert? 

KM: The best way to contain the likes of Green, Jones and Eifert is to get after Andy Dalton. If they can force the ball out of his hands quicker they can force him to make mistakes. They’ll need to jam these guys like Eifert and Green up on the line and not let them get behind them in the secondary. I think it has to come from the front seven primarily, though.

SH: Prediction for the game? 

KM: This is a tough one to predict. I thought for sure the last game was going to be a shootout and it was a 16-10 game. I’ll have to go with my heart and hope the Steelers pull it out 30-27.

Check out my answers over on Still Curtain.

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