Steelers v Redskins
Any red-blooded Bengals lover would like to see the Stilluhs lose this game. But, the problem is a simple one: The Redskins are not tough enough to roll with them.
Even though the Steelers are reeling, they still have to live up to the hype. For some strange reason, they’re being picked to win the AFC North. They’re missing a few important pieces. Martavis Bryant, Le’Veon Bell, Ladarius Green, and Senquez Golson are out.
Pittsburgh’s offense may be able to hold up, but the defense will be learning on the fly. Second-year outside linebacker Bud Dupree will be missing in action also. The Stilluhs linebacker corps will be put to the test. James Harrison, Jarvis Jones, and Arthur Moats will be expected to hold the fort.
With the defense skating on thin ice, Keith Butler will be forced to dial up the heat with tons of blitzes. The formula was a mainstay, during the 2015 season.
The Redskins face many questions as well. Defensive line woes, the status of running back Matt Jones, and the lack of a pass rush are all concerns.
This is another game that depends on an emotional push.
After this Monday Night Football opener, the Bengals should be in a three-way tie with Pittsburgh and Baltimore.