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Breaking down Ryan Shazier’s dominance, and how the Steelers welcomed Joe Mixon to the rivalry

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense is a unit on the rise, and NFL Network’s Brian Baldinger breaks down how great they were vs. the Bengals on Sunday.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defense used to be a very tough nut to crack, but in 2017 they have been a tremendous unit capable of making plays at every level. The once weak secondary has been strengthened by the acquisition of Joe Haden, the emergence of Mike Hilton and the maturation of Sean Davis and Artie Burns.

Nonetheless, other players have improved as well, and one of those is Ryan Shazier. Probably one of the most athletic, and certainly the fastest, inside linebackers in the NFL, has truly become the dominant force many expected since he was drafted out of Ohio State.

Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network did some quick film breakdowns of the Steelers’ defense, but primarily Shazier, and how well he played against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7 at Heinz Field.

Check them out:

Plugging the run

Sideline-to-sideline

While the next play doesn’t truly involve Shazier, but more Davis, it was a great visualization of a rookie running back not truly understanding his surroundings, or rival, and the end result is Joe Mixon gets dropped for a big loss.

Double Chin Straps!