When the Pittsburgh Steelers play a team like the Cincinnati Bengals, an AFC North rival, there is not a lot of uncertainty surrounding the matchup.
Sure, fans know the big name players from their division foe, but a lot can change from one year to the next.
With that said, I reached out to Cincy Jungle’s contributor Patrick Judis and asked him a series of questions about the upcoming game. He was more than generous to provide answers to these questions, and in this article I asked him what the Bengals’ plan to counter the Steelers defense in Week 3 will be.
How will Joe Burrow and company try to move the ball against the stout Steelers defense?
Check out his answer below, and be sure to follow Cincy Jungle for the latest news and notes from the other side of the fence leading up to the game at 1 p.m. ET.
When the Bengals have the ball, how will they try to move the ball?
It seems like the Bengals are going run first to try and protect Burrow, but honestly throwing it on earlier downs when the defense isn’t totally prepared for a pass may be better for him. Head coach Zac Taylor did hint that they have a plan for dealing with the defensive line, but it will be interesting to see how that actually works out.
Expect plenty of Joe Mixon running and a few deep shot to Ja’Marr Chase who already has 2 touchdowns of 40 yards or more.
Without T.J. Watt available for this game, as well as Alex Highsmith, the pressure now gets turned on players like Melvin Ingram and Jamir Jones to continue to put pressure on the quarterback. Not to mention the defense will be relying on Cam Heyward and others along the defensive line to help stop the run, but also collapse the pocket when Burrow wants to throw.
The Bengals have some tremendous weapons through the air, and the Steelers will have their hands full without the likes of Watt and Highsmith.
How do you see this game shaking out? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the upcoming Week 3 game.