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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Week 14 Scouting Report

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a huge game this Sunday when they travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals in Week 14. Get the scouting report for this AFC North matchup.

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There is a lot on the line between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals in their Week 14 matchup. These two AFC North rivals will be leaning on their super stars to provide big plays for their team in hopes of improving their record in the final quarter of the NFL regular season.

Before the big matchup Sunday in Paul Brown Stadium, we provide a detailed scouting report, with our friends at Pro Football Focus, on the Bengals to get you prepared.

Offense

Bengals WR A.J. Green is a tremendous target, and Green has caught 50-percent of deep passes (20+ yards in the air) thrown his way, the third highest rate in the league among wide receivers with at least 15 deep targets.

Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth has allowed ten total pressures this season, and has allowed no pressure in six games this year, including his Week 8 game in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers are able to get pressure on Andy Dalton it will go a long way towards Pittsburgh winning their 8th game of the season.

In the debate of "to blitz, or not to blitz", this stat is telling. All six of Andy Dalton's interceptions have come when he was not facing pressure, though 22 of his 25 touchdowns have been with a clean pocket.

Defense

Defensive tackle, Geno Atkins, leads all defensive tackles in the NFL with 63 pressures this season, and his 12.6 Pass Rushing Productivity and 11 sacks also rank first. The Atkins vs. Cody Wallace battle will loom large in the outcome of the game Sunday.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick leads the Bengals with 15 missed tackles, although he's allowed just one passing touchdown this year. His -18.3 overall grade is lowest on the defense.

Adam Jones has surrendered more than 50 receiving yards in a game just twice this year, and his season high is just 63 yards in Week 10. Jones is listed as doubtful in the upcoming game, and could have a big impact on the game.

Carlos Dunlap has a combined 26 sacks and hits, the second most among 4-3 defensive ends. Limiting Dunlap in Week 14 will be paramount for the Steelers offensive line.