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Steelers vs. Bengals, Week 12: How the Bengals offense will try and move the ball against the Steelers defense

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Taking a look at how the Cincinnati offense will try to move the ball on the Steelers’ defense.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are gearing up for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 of the 2019 regular season. Entering the game with a 5-5 record, the Steelers prepare to travel to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH for the divisional grudge match.

While this is a familiar matchup for the Steelers, there are some new faces many fans want to know more about. Sure, there are the big name players in the matchup, but what about all those other players who can make a difference?

So, I wanted to get a lowdown on what the Bengals might have in store for the Steelers by talking with Cincy Jungle’s, SB Nation’s Bengals website, writer Patrick Judis to pick his brain on the upcoming matchup.

In this first of many installments, I asked Patrick what he thinks the Bengals offense will do when they have the ball and trying to move the ball on the Steelers’ defense. Check out his response:

The Bengals are trying to make things as easy as possible for rookie Ryan Finley. That starts with getting running back Joe Mixon getting going. One thing the offense has changed since the bye week is relying on more of a gap style running game, which makes it easier for Mixon to find holes rather than hoping this bad offensive line can create room for him.

As far as throwing the ball goes, it hasn’t been great. No matter what is called, the receivers have struggled to create space from their defenders. It also doesn’t help that Finley’s lack of arm strength has been on display. He has rarely shown the willingness to throw down field, and whenever he is late on a read it is magnified by his inability to put any zip on the ball.

This is a game where the Steelers defense should dominate the Cincinnati offense in every phase. With Andy Dalton at quarterback he at least had the experience to make the correct reads, protections and decisions which left doubt in the back of the opposition’s mind.

With Finley at quarterback, and behind a porous offensive line, the Steelers pass rush should feast on the Bengals rookie signal caller and make his life miserable whenever he drops back to pass. But this task starts with shutting down the run. Eliminate Joe Mixon, get a lead, and suddenly the Bengals have to rely on the rookie to win the game.

That is a scenario the Steelers would love to be in when things go down in Cincinnati Sunday.

Will the Steelers be able to get to Finley early and often in this contest? Or will the Bengals be able to protect their rookie quarterback with Mixon running wild on the Steelers defense?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to keep tabs on BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Bengals in Week 12.