Cincinnati Bengals: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em for Week 3 vs. Steelers

Ja'Marr Chase #1 and Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Ja'Marr Chase #1 and Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Start ‘Em – Bengals D/ST

Wow, talk about putting myself out there. Am I actually going to suggest starting a Bengal defense against the Steelers in Pittsburgh? Have I hit my head too many times? Maybe, because I AM prone to hitting my head, but in this instance darn straight, I’m recommending the Bengal defense.

As bad as the Bengals line has been, the Steelers have been arguably worse. Ben Roethlisberger took 10 hits Sunday against the Raiders. Any idea what 10 hits do to a man his age? It isn’t pretty.

Meanwhile, the Bengal defense has logged almost 1/3 as many sacks as they did all last year. It’s Week 3 folks, this defense can get after the quarterback. Much of the damage the Bengal rush has done has been from a strong interior push, which could be a problem against a very mobile quarterback.

Have I mentioned yet that Ben is 39? He’s as mobile as I am at this point of his career. However, there are rumblings that Roethlisberger may not be healthy this week, which just makes the Bengal defense even more attractive, considering Pittsburgh’s backups are Mason Rudolph, and famed first-round bust of the WFT, Dwayne Haskins. Neither has distinguished themselves as anything more than barely serviceable as backups if even that.

Let’s see the Bengal offense put up some quick points and force the Steelers to pass the ball, and fire up the Bengal defense in the most unexpected of places, Heinz Field.

Prediction: 3 sacks, 2 interceptions