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    5 keys to a Steelers victory

    Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 keys to victory versus the Bengals

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    September 13, 2013 by Ryan Petrovich


    The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cincinnati with an 0-1 record after a pitiful performance against the Tennessee Titans in the season opener. The Steelers face the Bengals in week 2, an AFC North matchup that’ll leave one of the teams in the division 0-2 to start the year. To avoid going 0-2 and walk out of Cincinnati with a win, the Steelers will need to follow these five keys.


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    5. Render Dalton gunless


    A more experienced Andy Dalton goes up against, for the most part, a veteran Steelers defense. Dalton and the rest of the Bengals handed the Steelers a loss last year that eliminated the Steelers from playoff contention. Dalton looked sharp in that win and has only gotten better. The Bengals fell to the Chicago in their season opener, but Dalton still passed for 282 yards in that game. The leading receiver was none other than AJ Green, who racked up 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns.


    The Steelers’ secondary is going to have shut down AJ Green and prevent any long balls from happening. Shutting down the passing game of the Bengals will drastically enhance the Steelers chances of getting a victory. The Bengals last week only rushed for a mere 63 yards. The Steelers have a solid defensive front, the running game shouldn’t be much of a factor. Stopping the pass game and being strong in the secondary will leave the Bengals with no answers on offense.


    4. Keep it in enemy territory


    Last week the Steelers couldn’t seem to find themselves with good field position. The Steelers’ special teams handed the Titans great field position over the course of the game. Filed position is definitely an underrated aspect of the game and can be the difference between a win or loss.


    The Steelers will have better opportunities if they can set up shop with decent field position. The defense can execute better and give the offense better field position if the special teams garner some excellent field position along the way. If the Steelers can win the battle of field position, I’d expect a lot more productivity out of all three sides of the ball.


    3. Don’t let Big Ben topple


    It’s no secret that QB Ben Roethlisberger is the key factor when it comes to the offense. For years the offensive line for the Steelers has been subpar at best. However, each season protecting Big Ben becomes even more essential. This season’s no different and in this game protecting Roethlisberger will be a key component.


    Let’s not forget who the Bengals acquired during the offseason: former Steelers linebacker, James Harrison. There’s no doubt that Harrison is looking to make a statement against his former team after the two sides bumped heads during the offseason. Who does Harrison take his anger out on? Roethlisberger of course.


    Roethlisberger was sacked five times in the season opener and with center Maurkice Pouncey out for the year the task of protecting the franchise quarterback will be a tough one. If the Steelers can keep Roethlisberger upright during the game Monday night the offense should flow a lot more smoothly.


    2. Don’t give it away


    If any team commits multiple turnovers in a game there’s a good chance that team’s not going to win the game. Last week, the Steelers turned the ball over twice. A crucial turnover came when Roethlisberger and Isaac Redman didn’t have a clean exchange on a handoff, and the ball was fumbled inside the red zone. A mistake like this is unacceptable and needs to be taken care of.


    The Steelers can’t afford to have big-time turnovers when they face the Bengals. This is a pivotal matchup, the Steelers can’t commit multiple, if any turnovers at all if they want to win this one. Taking care of the ball must be a priority on Monday night.


    1. Make plays


    In the season opener the Steelers looked pitiful, almost as if they weren’t even interested in playing the game. The offense was lousy, no fire power whatsoever. The Steelers need to enter this game with some energy. The defense had a strong showing in the opener but if they could generate some turnovers against the Bengals that would really help their cause and give the offense a boost too.


    Every player for the Steelers needs to show up ready to make some big-time plays. Another lackluster performance like the one in the season opener will result in another loss.

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    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/...engals-monday/


    Steelers Need Several Breakout Efforts To Stop Bengals Monday
    By Matt Popchock
    September 11, 2013


    PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — The Steelers (0-1) need improvement across the board to hold their own next Monday night at Cincinnati against a Bengals (0-1) team picked by some to be the AFC flag-bearer in this year’s Super Bowl.


    A step forward by rookie outside linebacker Jarvis Jones could make a big difference against Andy Dalton, a more reputable NFL passer than Tennessee’s Jake Locker. The Steelers’ pass rush against the Washington product was largely underwhelming, with LaMarr Woodley recording the team’s lone sack.


    Jason Worilds, with whom Jones battled for playing time in the preseason, took more defensive snaps in last Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the Titans at Heinz Field, but with two tackles for loss, Jones was more effective.


    “On maybe the best play for the Steelers of the day, Jones burst into the backfield, easily squeezing between the tight end and tackle to meet Chris Johnson square on for one of the hardest hits of the game. It was a ‘welcome to the NFL’ moment for Jones—in a good way,” Bleacher Report Steelers featured columnist Chris G. writes. “Despite this, Jones needs to apply more pressure to the quarterback. He was able to get some push, but it wasn’t nearly enough for a guy that is expected to be the Steelers’ next great playmaker.


    “Dalton can be disrupted when under pressure, and Jones will be a key part of that. He doesn’t need to get a sack, but he has to be in Dalton’s face all game.”


    Offensively, Ben Roethlisberger not only needs to take better care of the ball, he also needs to spread it around a little more. Assuming the continued absence of Pro Bowl tight end Heath Miller, the Steelers will have to rely upon backup David Paulson, who wasn’t targeted at all in that Week 1 contest.


    Paulson, the 24-year-old Oregon alumnus, had a nice preseason, with eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, but the only catch by a Steelers tight end against Tennessee was an 11-yarder from Big Ben to David Johnson.


    For further perspective, the Steelers went to their running backs more than their tight ends; LaRod Stephens-Howling and Isaac Redman combined for 18 receiving yards on two catches apiece.


    “With the lack of a big target, Paulson needs to fill the void, particularly in short-yardage situations. He needs to use his size and wide catching radius when the Steelers do not have much space to work with. He doesn’t need to go out and have five or six receptions, but making two or three to keep the chains moving would certainly be a start,” Chris G. adds. “Without a healthy running back who is good at catching the ball out of the backfield, the Steelers are down to just their receivers to make plays.”

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    6. Score more points that we give up

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    7. Get a turnover for a change and give the offense good field position.

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    Wouldn't the following be the 5 keys to victory every week?

    5. Render (insert opposing quarterback's name) gunless
    4. Keep it in enemy territory
    3. Don't let Big Ben topple
    2. Don't give it away
    1. Make plays

    I like the Steelers chances on any given week if they can do those 5 things every week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flippy View Post
    6. Score more points that we give up
    $$$$

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    Quote Originally Posted by papillon View Post
    Wouldn't the following be the 5 keys to victory every week?

    5. Render (insert opposing quarterback's name) gunless
    4. Keep it in enemy territory
    3. Don't let Big Ben topple
    2. Don't give it away
    1. Make plays

    I like the Steelers chances on any given week if they can do those 5 things every week.

    Pappy
    I was thinking the same thing. It seems like it's just too easy to get this generic "analysis" out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyhawk View Post
    7. Get a turnover for a change and give the offense good field position.
    That happened last week right at the beginning of the game...

    What did the offense do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slapstick View Post
    That happened last week right at the beginning of the game...

    What did the offense do?
    So you're implying they shouldn't try and force turnovers?

    Yeah, the offensive blew it on that fist drive. No one would argue that. Doesn't excuse the lack of turnovers though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BradshawsHairdresser View Post
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