Antonio Brown has traditionally done well against the Bengals, averaging 17 yards a catch in four career games. Much of that much come from his 60-yard touchdown reception last year. It was one of the few offensive highlights in an otherwise dominant defensive game. It's definitely a risk, but any Steelers starter against this Bengals defense will be a risk.
Same goes for Emmanuel Sanders, who, despite a drop in Week 1, looked outstanding from a physical perspective. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger targeted Sanders often in a besieged passing game that struggled to give Roethlisberger much protection.
Jonathan Dwyer cracked off a 100-yard performance against the Bengals last year, and he's back now after being released on the final cut day. With the dreadful performance of the Steelers' running game in Week 1, it's hard to presume their game plan will include running the ball to a high level but with a real center (Fernando Velasco) and a competent blocking tight end (Kelvin Beachum) the Steelers may try to establish the run a bit more.
Roethlisberger is alwas a tough start, as is the Steelers' defense due to their lack of playmaking ability, but at least the defense has five interceptions of quarterback Andy Dalton in four games (3-1).
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