Tale of the tape: Steelers at Bengals
Monday Night Football will be a heated affair as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to face the Cincinnati Bengals in an AFC North battle. Pittsburgh has fared well in Cincy, however, having won three straight games at Paul Brown Stadium. Both teams sputtered out of the gate in Week 1 and will be hungry to put one in the winning column.
The Bengals boast one of the most exciting wide receivers in the league in A.J. Green. Green had nine catches for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Bengals' Week 1 loss to the Bears. Cincy must get the running game going as they mustered just 63 yards on 21 total attempts. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was ineffective averaging 1.8 yards per carry.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense did nothing in the 16-9 loss versus the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. Roethlisberger finished 21-of-33 for 191 yards while the rushing attack - and 'attack' is a loose term - totaled just 31 yards. LaRod Stephens-Howling was the leading rusher with 19 yards on six carries. They did re-sign RB Jonathan Dwyer who burned the Bengals for a career-high 122 yards in a 24-17 win at Cincinnati last season.
Former Steelers LB James Harrison gets to face his old team and says he feels better than he has in a long time. The Bengals, who finished with 51.0 sacks in 2012, did not get to Jay Cutler in Week 1 and will look remedy that against the Steelers. We know they can pressure the passer, we just didn't see it in Week 1.
The Steelers defense was able to keep Tennessee at bay for the bulk of the game and held them to just 229 total yards. They reached Titans QB Jake Locker once for a sack and recorded four tackles for a loss, but the Bengals offense will be a different beast than Locker and the Titans.
Bengals kicker Mike Nugent did not get to attempt a field goal in Week 1. Nugent played in just 12 games last season and finished 19-of-23 for a pedestrian 82.6 percent which ranked him No. 20 in the league.
Shaun Suisham is probable for the Steelers as he deals with a hamstring injury and did not attempt a field goal in Week 1. He is, however, one of the top kickers in the game and finished with a 90.3 percent success rate last year. He's very steady from 40-49 yards and went 12-for-12 in such situations last season.
"It was three fulls and two halves so I'm going to call it five. To be honest with you, I just know the numbers. He jokes about it that he's the reason I'm in the league." - Bengals LB James Harrison when asked about the sacks he collected when he last faced Roethlisberger in college.
"We can't go in a shell, that's the most important thing. We go out and handle our business, I think everyone knows we have the players, we have the athlets, we can be a really good team." - Steelers guard Ramon Foster.