Bengals pregame: Week 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers


The Pittsburgh Steelers logo in front of the Cincinnati Bengals Logo.

Another game within the turbulent AFC North approaches for the Bengals. The 3-6 Pittsburgh Steelers are next up on the schedule for Cinncinati, in this week 11 continuation of one of the most storied rivalries in NFL history.

Pittsburgh took down the New Orleans Saints last week while the Bengals were on a bye week. Steelers quarterback, Kenny Pickett threw for 199 yards with no touchdowns and a 60% completion percentage.

Steelers running backs combined for a total of 217 yards with Najee Harris rushing for 99 yards on 20 carries with Jaylen Warren picking up an additional 37 yards. However, the rushing touchdowns came from Kenny Picket, and wide receiver, George Pickens.

The Steeler’s main downfall this year has been a one-dimensional offense with a lack of experienced skill at specific positions such as quarterback. 

However, against the Saints offensive coordinator Matt Canada did well leaning against the running game versus the Saints.

The strategy worked well due to the defensive tendencies of the Saints, a team that drops back into Covering 2 men more than almost any other team. This means that 2 deep safeties help against deep throws and cornerbacks play man-to-man with receivers.

That approach limited Kenny Pickett and forced the Steelers to run the ball, which Covers 2 men weak against. 

The Bengals need to take away running lanes in week 11 to stop the Steeler’s offense. Fortunately for Zac Taylor and the Bengals, DJ Reader is very likely coming back form of injury.

Cincinnati typically runs a 4-3 or 4-2 defensive front, keeping linebackers in position to stop the run or assist the pass rush. 

Lou Anorumou is consistent with disguising coverages with linebackers, making teams guess if they are rushing or dropping back into range.

This game will indeed come down to Cinncinati’s ability to stop the run. Odds are the Bengal’s offense can overpower the Pittsburgh defense.