Saturday, September 26, 2009

Game Day 3 - Cincinnati Bengals

Picture: Chad Ochocinco celebrating a touchdown, something he hasn't done against Pittsburgh very much.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to look to improve to 2-1 when they travel to Paul Brown Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals at 4:15 on Sunday afternoon. This will be the Steelers last 4:15 game of the season as they will play 10 1 o'clock games and four prime time games left in the seasons.

Last year the Steelers took down the Bengals twice. The first was in week seven of the '08 season with a 38-10 win and a home win in the 12th week with a 27-10 win.

Here is a look at last weeks games:
Passing: Ben Roethlisberger, 23-35, 221 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 rush TD
Rushing: Willie Parker, 14 carries, 47 yards
Receiving: Santonio Holmes, 5 rec, 83 yards

Passing: Carson Palmer, 15-23, 185 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT, 1 rush TD
Rushing: Cedric Benson, 29 carries, 141 yards
Receiving: Chad Ochocinco, 4 rec, 91 yards, 1 TD

Offense (rank in NFL)
Total Offense

Pittsburgh: 332.5 yards/game (16th)
Cincinnati: 313 yards/game (21st)
Passing

Pittsburgh: 262 yards/game (t-7th)
Cincinnati: 194.5 yards/game (23rd)

Rushing

Pittsburgh: 70.5 yards/game (28th)
Cincinnati: 118.5 yards/game (12th)

Points

Pittsburgh: 13.5 points/game (29th)
Chicago: 19 points/game (t-20th)

Defense

Total Defense

Pittsburgh: 297.5 yards/game (9th)
Cincinnati: 306.5 yards/game (11th)

Rush

Pittsburgh: 65 yards/game (t-8th)
Cincinnati: 82 yards/game (11th)

Pass

Pittsburgh: 232.5 yards/game (19th)
Cincinnati: 224.5 yards/game (16th)

Points

Pittsburgh: 13.5 points/game (t-5th)
Cincinnati: 18 points/game (18th)

This is a very important game for the Steelers. They lost a game in Chicago that they should not have lost, and the Ravens won. If the Steelers lose this they will most likely fall another game back of the Ravens. The Ravens play the Browns. If they lose to the Browns then I will throw out everything that I know. I think the Browns are that bad.

Cincinnati has been talked about all preseason and in the short part of the regular season that they are a different team than we have seen. They have been said to have some fire power now that Carson Palmer is back and Chad Ochocinco is playing his game. They have some running game going after a 141 yard effort from Cedric Benson and they look to move up the AFC North charts. To be honest, they are one fluke play away from being 2-0.

The Bengals have an improved defesne and they also have a player with seven sacks named Antwan Odom. Five sacks against the Packers last night and two more against Denver in the first week. I mean five sacks in a game? Not too bad. Hopefully we can keep Ben clean. The offensive line did a pretty nice job last week for the Steelers giving up two sacks, but to be honest both of those were not on the offensive line.

Chad Ochocinco scored a TD last week and did a Lambeau Leap into a few Bengals fans that were at the game and has already said he was going to do a spanish themed touchdown dance if he scores this week. If he scores. Ocho has only three touchdowns in the last 10 games against the Steelers so this is far from a sure thing that Chad is going to get into the end zone. Chad has already busted out his list of DB's and said he was going to make Ike and Will Gay "kiss the baby" this week. Basically that means that he is going to have his way and have a great game against the both, which he rarely does. Actually Chad hasn't gone over 100 yards on the Steelers since 2003 when he had six grabs for 117 so it does not look real promising for Chad to torch the Steelers.

Like I said above the offensive line is going to be huge. Lets keep Ben pretty clean and get a few holes here and there and I really think the Steelers will be ok. I know the Bengals are a better team this year but I think the Steelers are still a much better team. The line opened up a few holes last week and there were more than a few 10+ yard runs by all the backs so there is a glimmer of hope.

The defense is going to have to step up also. Last week they only let up 17 point, but had some breakdowns and let the Bears go on long drives a few times. That is not Pittsburgh defense, and I am not worried. Sure they only have two sacks this year, but that will change. This defense is too good to let the Bears beat them. Troy is still going to be out so that will defiantly make the defense go down a little bit but they are still loaded with stars that will beat teams. Ty Carter isn't the answer but I think he will step up a little better. When you have Dick Lebeau you always have a chance. He will have something.

Some might want to call Paul Brown Stadium Heinz Field West, and with good cause. Since 2002 the Steelers have not lost in Cincinnati. Big Big has not lost in the state of Ohio since he has been in the league. Since 2002 the Steelers have been 8-0 at Cincinnati and the Steelers have averaged 27 points per game while at "Heinz Field West". The Bengals have only averaged 14 points per game and have never scored more than 17 points against the Steelers.

With that last paragraph being said, the Steelers win 27-14. Book it.

Here We Go

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