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The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati with an 0-1 record after a pitiful performance against the Tennessee Titans in the season opener. The Steelers face the Bengals in week 2, an AFC North match-up that’ll leave one of the team’s in the division 0-2 to start the year. To avoid going 0-2 the Steelers will need to follow these five key things if they want to walk out of Cincinnati with a win. 5. Stay strong in the secondary A more experienced Andy Dalton goes up against a for the most part, veteran Steelers defense. Dalton and the rest of the Bengals handed the Steelers a loss last year that eliminated the Steelers from playoff contention. Dalton looked sharp in that win and has only gotten better. The Bengals fell to the Chicago in their season opener, Dalton still passed for 282 yards in that game. The leading receiver was none other than AJ Green who racked up 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Steelers secondary is going to have shut down AJ Green and prevent any long balls from happening. Shutting down the passing game of the Bengals will drastically enhance the Steelers chances of getting a victory. The Bengals last week only rushed for a mere 63 yards. The Steelers have a solid defensive front, the running game shouldn’t be much of a factor. Stopping the pass game and being strong in the secondary will leave the Bengals with no answers on offense. 4. Win the battle of field position Last week the Steelers couldn’t seem to find themselves with good field position. The Steelers special teams also handed the Titans some great field position over the course of the game. Filed position is definitely an underrated aspect of the game and can be the difference between a win or loss. The Steelers will have better opportunities if they can set up shop with decent field position. The defense can execute better and give the offense better field position if the special teams garner some excellent field position along the way. If the Steelers can win the battle of field position, I’d expect a lot more productivity out of all three sides of the ball. 3. Protect Ben Roethlisberger It’s no secret Roethlisberger is the key factor when it comes to the offense. For years the offensive line for the Steelers has been subpar at best. However, each season protecting Big Ben becomes even more essential. This seasons no different and in this game protecting Roethlisberger will be a key component. Let’s not forget who the Bengals acquired during the offseason, former Steelers linebacker, James Harrison. There’s no doubt that Harrison is looking to make a statement against his former team after the two side bumped heads during the offseason. Who does Harrison take his anger out on? Roethlisberger of course. Roethlisberger was sacked five times in the season opener and with center Maurkice Pouncey out for the year the task of protecting the franchise quarterback will be a tough one. If the Steelers can keep Roethlisberger upright during the game Monday night the offense should flow a lot more smoothly. 2. Minimize the turnovers If any team commits multiple turnovers in a game there’s a good chance that teams not going to win the game. Last week, the Steelers turned the ball over twice. A crucial turnover came when Roethlisberger and Isaac Redman didn’t have a clean exchange on a handoff, the ball was fumbled inside the red zone. A mistake like this is unacceptable and needs to be taken care of. The Steelers can’t afford to have big-time turnovers when they face the Bengals. This is a pivotal match-up, the Steelers can’t commit multiple, if any turnovers at all if they want to win this one. Taking care of the ball must be a priority on Monday night. 1. Make plays In the season opener the Steelers looked pitiful, almost as if they weren’t even interested in playing the game. The offense was lousy, no fire power what so ever. The Steelers need to enter this game with some energy. The defense had a strong showing in the opener but if they could generate some turnovers against the Bengals that would really help their cause and give the offense a boost too. Every player for the Steelers needs to show up ready to make some big-time plays. Another lack luster performance like the one in the season opener will result in another loss.
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Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers really don’t have a lot to be excited about heading into Monday night’s game at Cincinnati when it comes to the running game. The Steelers were about as bad as they’ve ever been on the ground and while the Titans had something to do with that, much of it was self-inflicted. Saying the loss of Maurkice Pouncey wasn’t a factor wouldn’t be fair...
For the last two seasons, the general knock on the Steelers was that their defense was perhaps too old to remain competitive. They went on to field the number one defense in each of the last two seasons. So much for being too old. But big names such as Farrier, Hampton, Harrison, Foote, and Smith are now absent from that defense. They’ll still give up some big plays...
We reported on Wednesday that Steelers rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones has been listed a co-starter along with Jason Worilds.
Jones told the media that he’s been running with the starting defense in practice this week.
“That’s the way it is right now,” Jones said on Wednesday, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “As long as I continue to keep doing what I’m doing, I hope...
The Pittsburgh Steelers must win at Cincinnati Monday night to prevent their first 0-2 start under head coach Mike Tomlin.
Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, defensive signal-caller Larry Foote and third-down back LaRod Stephens-Howling are out for the season. The Steelers haven’t shown much of a pass rush, and have no semblance of a running game.
With all that working against the...
By Matthew Marczi
Jerricho Cotchery is an offensive tool for the Pittsburgh Steelers that has gone somewhat under the radar over the past two years, at least as perceived by the fans. After all, he totaled just 33 catches for 442 yards and two touchdowns in 27 games during his two seasons in Pittsburgh.
With Mike Wallace now gone, however, Cotchery is, at least for the time being...
One of my favorite shows to watch every week during the season is "Playbook", which can be seen every Friday night on the NFL Network. They do great job of previewing the upcoming games and you always learn something thanks to their all-22 play break downs.
In their preview of the Monday night game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, they took a...
by Bo Marchionte
PITTSBURGH - Unless you have been living under a rock since the 1970's there is a tradition in Pittsburgh, the Steelers connecting each generation of linebackers to success. The 1970's saw Jack Lambert and Jack Ham. The 1980's Mike Merriweather. In the 1990's, Greg Lloyd, Kevin Greene, and Levon Kirkland. At the turn of the century, another...
Several Steelers’ beat writers tweeted out today that Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was not at practice today. He was excused due ‘personal reasons’ but I think there is much more to this story.
I have this boiled down to a few reasons why the 10th-year QB would miss practice coming off such an embarrassing loss. See if you’re on board with me here...
By Alex Kozora
My game notes from the Week One game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans.
- Opening kickoff coverage unit.
L1 – Cortez Allen
L2 – Robert Golden
L3 – Shamarko Thomas
L4 – Terence Garvin
L5 – Jarvis Jones
K – Shaun Suisham
R1 – Chris Carter
R2 – Kion Wilson
R3 – Curtis Brown
R4 – Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith
R5 – Markus...
By Alex Kozora
In weeks with multiple sacks allowed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, I’ll be breaking down each individual one, assigning blame, and keeping track of a “sack counter” for the guilty parties. And this week, with five allowed against the Tennessee Titans, was worthy of an article dedicated to it.
Buckle up, this one is a bumpy ride.
1. 1st and 10, 2:06 left in the...
by Bo Marchionte
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers finished week one with the second lowest rushing total (32) in the National Football League. Thirty four players had more rushing yards than the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one, leaving the Steelers to react. Isaac Redman fumbled twice, and had eight carries for nine yards. The Steelers third down back LaRod Stephens-How...
Week two is upon us and after the performance we saw on Sunday, one has to be worried about this game, which will be in prime time, on Monday night.
About the only good that came out of Sunday was that the rest of the division lost their games, so the Steelers are still tied for the division lead. Aside from that, a lot of the concerns I wrote about last week were proved to be genuine...
The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night and below are my fantasy football stat projections for the black and gold offensive players.
Feel free to add your own projections in the comments below.
Ben Roethlisberger - 29 attempts, 19 completions, 261 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception.
The Steelers will likely want to use a shorter passing game against...