Originally posted on Steelers Depot  |  Last updated 9/19/13
Due to the loss of inside linebacker Larry Foote for the season and the fact that the Cincinnati Bengals have a dangerous 12 personnel grouping consisting of two very talented pass catching tight ends, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense broke out their dime package in the loss Monday night. This dime package was made of four safeties with Shamarko Thomas mostly playing in the slot as the nickel. In total, the Steelers used this grouping on 20 plays and it was used on third downs and inside two minutes to go in the first half. On five of the first six third downs the Bengals faced in the first half, the dime defense did not allow a pass completion. Inside two-minutes to go in the first half, the six defensive back unit did allow four completions for 28 yards, but in it did not give up a score. In the second half of the game, the dime was only used on three plays. Why so little? Well, it was because the defense didn't do a good enough job on first and second down. In fact, the Bengals only faced
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