Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 Keys to Victory Over the Cincinnati Bengals
The Pittsburgh Steelers enter a big game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. In order to earn win number nine in 2018, the Black and Gold need to take care of a few things.
1.) Score early and often
The Steelers should unleash all of their anger and punish Cincy by finding weak spots quickly.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense scored 28 points versus New Orleans last week. Against the Bungals D, they should be able to show up and dominate.
With Antonio Brown going off for 14 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns, I would expect him to build off of that. Creating enough problems for Cincy. Plus, JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to rebound from a costly fumble in Week 16.
2.) Shut down Joe Mixon
It’s not enough to slow down Mixon and the Cincy running game. Pitt has to let their division rivals know that they cannot just walk into Heinz Field and expect a win.
Mixon has rushed for 93 yards or more five times this season. Expect the 22-year old to get plenty of opportunities to put his stamp on this matchup.
3.) Drop Driskel
Jeff Driskel has kept his turnovers to a minimum with only two picks and two fumbles this year.
The backup out of Louisiana Tech has six touchdowns and over 900 yards in eight games. Driskel replaced Andy Dalton.
Driskel has been sacked 12 times this year, which could spell trouble since Pittsburgh’s defense is tied for third in sacks in the NFL.
It’s been proven that the Steelers have had their fair share of struggles against the pass, but with a chance to reach the playoffs, the defensive intensity should be extremely high. This means that missed tackles and wide open receivers won’t be a huge issue for Pitt.
FINAL NOTE: The energy in Pittsburgh will be electric and the Steelers should be able to pull out a win versus Cincy. Pitt fans will be cheering on the Browns to help their team reach the postseason.
However, whether the Steelers make the playoffs or not, it’s important for them to find playmakers in the offseason and stress the ability to adapt.
A team can only be good for so long and it’s important for the Steelers to recognize the current state of their team.