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5 Burning Questions Facing the Steelers Heading Into Cincinnati

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Around the AFC North: Can Cincinnati Bengals Build On Surprising Success of 2011?


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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Schedule Preview Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals


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There is a great disturbance in the force.

A division typically owned by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens gets thrown off kilter every now and again by the Cincinnati Bengals.

But the Cincy Kitties don't usually put together playoff-caliber teams two years in a row. This year looks to change that. And it could continue for a spell after that thanks in part to a phenomenal 2012 draft and a team making all the right moves recently.

Bengals Improvements

They needed a top-flight corner to play opposite CB Leon Hall. Check. First-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick can be an immediate starter. They needed some help along the offensive line. Check. First-round pick Kevin Zeitler could very well find himself among the best at the position. A second wide receiver alongside A.J. Green would be nice. Check. Mohamad Sanu somehow falls to them in the third round.

Third round DT Devon Still gives them another versatile front seven player for a team with an outstanding front seven.

Even add in TE Orson Charles, a value pick in the fourth round to possibly end up playing alongside TE Jermaine Gresham (one of the most underrated players in the NFL), this has all the makings of being the Bengals best draft ever.

That may not say much top to bottom, but it shouldn't detract from the talent they acquired. Not all of them will pan out - or at least that's what the rest of the AFC North hopes - but they're excellent additions to a team that finished with nine wins last year.

Bengals Losses

WR Jerome Simpson looked to finally be emerging as a decent player in the league, but legal run-ins will cost him three games this season. When he returns, he'll be in Minnesota. WR Andre Caldwell left for Denver, leaving the Bengals receiving corps (which had underproduced anyway) relatively thin. Sanu is one of a few guys the Bengals will look to replace him, and it's so hit-or-miss with rookie receivers, it may be an issue.

As of now, RB Cedric Benson is still unsigned, and losing LG Nate Livings won't hurt as soon as Zeitler is acclimated to the NFL. DE Jonathan Fanene was a decent depth player, but with as stacked as their defensive line is, he won't be missed much.




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Limas Sweed Working Out for Cincinnati Bengals

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It seems a familiar face is emerging in the news.

Or hands. Or the head that holds that face.

Cincinnati Enquirer Joe Reedy tweeted a source confirmed to him former Steelers WR Limas Sweed was in Cincinnati for a workout this weekend.

Sweed, a well-known draft bust from the second round of 2008, was released last season after a career of injuries and a big case of the dropsies.

Even with the sometimes maddening stoppages in his career development, many backed Sweed to the bitter end, making him easily one of the most popular Steelers' draft picks in recent memory. He just never could quite get it all together on the field, or between the ears.

Perhaps he needed some (more) time away from the game. Cincinnati, a franchise known very well for giving players second chances to revitalize careers stalled for whatever reason, could pick Sweed up on the cheap and get him to finally realize the potential everyone felt he had when the 6-foot-4 receiver came out of Texas four years ago.

Then again, the word "potential" has been used ad naseum in regards to Sweed, and it's perhaps the only positive thing that can be said about him as a football player.



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BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 21 — Cincinnati Bengals Select Michael Brockers, DT, LSU


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The Steelers pick is getting closer and closer, but before then we've got to get through 1st round reappearances by a pair of division opponents. Thanks go to seton hall and the steelers for Part 2 of his Bengals analysis. Next up: Cleveland Browns (Part 2), with the extra 1st rounder they acquired from Atlanta in last year's trade for Julio Jones, and they'll again be represented by _ET_.

By the way, take note of the cool little minute-long draft profiles from SBN NFL that are embedded with these picks. It's been Michael Bean's personal project to make these videos happen, and let us know what you think of them! -barnerburner-

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The Cincinnati Bengals, as I said, have the luxury of two first round picks. That means you can fill a need with one pick and go BPA with another. In this scenario I filled the Bengals need at guard by selecting Cordy Glenn. While the Bengals still have needs at CB, RB, and S the players on the board simply don't match up with the Bengals needs. If you look at who is remaining you see a few players who stand out as clear BPA's (Best Players Available). Those are MIchael Brockers and Courtney Upshaw. Both Brockers and Upshaw are projected as top 10 to 15 picks in the draft and if one of them were here at 21 I believe the Bengals would want to take one despite being stocked on the defensive line.

As the Giants have shown, you can never have enough defensive linemen. The Bengals use a similar scheme to the Giants and despite the Bengals being stocked at defensive line, I believe in this scenario they would follow the Giants draft history and strengthen your strengths. Ultimately, it would just be impossible to pass up on the value, talent, and athleticism of Michael Brockers. Thus...

With the 21st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select Michael Brockers, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana State University.

Brockers, who is just a redshirt sophomore, flew up draft boards after an incredible sophomore season in which he had 54 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss while being routinely double teamed. He did a great job holding his ground and not backing off, which allowed LSU's talented linebackers to make a bunch of tackles. In the Bengals scheme, he will likely be used as a situational pass rusher until he develops more strength.

Regarding the value of this pick, I took a look at 5 mock drafts and he was drafted 11th, 14th, 16th, 11th, and 9th so it is clear that this is the BPA.

Some other options I considered here were Courtney Upshaw and Janoris Jenkins. The reason I did not choose Upshaw is because the Bengals would use him as a DE and I don't think that is where his best value is. With regards to Jenkins, it appears as if the Bengals have finally learned their lesson and are putting more emphasis on character, which is something Jenkins lacks.


BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Picks:

  1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington Redsinks -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
  8. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers -- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  10. Buffalo Bills -- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
  11. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
  12. Seattle Seahawks -- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
  13. Arizona Cardinals -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
  14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
  15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
  16. New York Jets -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
  17. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
  19. Chicago Bears -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
  20. Tennessee Titans -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina



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BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 17 — Cincinnati Bengals Select Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia

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The back-to-back-to-back barrage of 'Bama players has been ended, but we're not leaving the SEC yet. We're finally into the second half of the 1st round, and seton hall and the steelers made the selection here for the pick that the Bengals somehow managed to fleece out of Oakland. Next up: San Diego Chargers and they'll be represented by BluegrassSteeler.

By the way, take note of the cool little minute-long draft profiles from SBN NFL that are embedded with these picks. It's been Michael Bean's personal project to make these videos happen, and let us know what you think of them! -barnerburner-

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The Cincinnati Bengals took a huge step in the right direction last year thanks to the play of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. However, they are still a few pieces away from being a major threat in the brutal AFC North. The Bengals still lack a lockdown corner because Jonathan Joseph left last year to play with the Texans. They still need an upgrade at running back because Cedric Benson is just bad. However, their biggest need is at right guard. They need a first round talent to play the guard position. They have some other minor needs at safety, wide receiver, and defensive end but those should be addressed later in the draft.

Thanks to the Oakland Raiders' stupidity, the Bengals were able to pick up an additional first round pick, which is the one they are currently slated to use. Because of the extra pick, they now have the versatility to take the best player available with their first pick and look to fill a need with their second first round pick. When I look at the draft board, I see a few players who stand out as the BPAs. Those players are Cordy Glenn, Stephon Gilmore, Courtney Upshaw, Jonathan Martin, and Fletcher Cox. Cox is by far the best player available, but also happens to play at the Bengals strongest position, defensive tackle. Upshaw is a great player, but does not fit at all in the Bengals 4-3 scheme. That leaves Glenn, Gilmore, and Martin as the three possible selections. When I look at those three players, the one who is clearly the best player is Glenn. Gilmore and Martin could both be there at 21 and in my opinion, present much better value at 21. However, Glenn is a phenomenal prospect who can play guard or tackle and with his athleticism, he could become a stud.

Without further ado, the Cincinnati Bengals select Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia.

I put a lot of thought into this selection and was furious when Trent Richardson went one pick ahead because that would have made the selection an easy one but ultimately, Glenn was a perfect blend of talent and need for the Bengals. He has all the tools to become a dominant offensive linemen at guard or tackle and will be just another piece in the Bengals build towards a championship caliber team.



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Cincinnati running back Pead visiting Steelers

Isaiah Pead rushed for 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and his stock has only risen since he concluded a decorated career at the University of Cincinnati.

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Wild Card Game Open Thread: Cincinnati at Houston

The Bengals are up 7-0 after RB Cedric Benson scored from a yard out.

More importantly, the North Dakota State Bison defeated Sam Houston State 17-6 to capture the school's first FCS National Championship. Pretty impressive for the Fargo-based school that has only had Division I affiliation since 2003 (when a certain editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper wrote 1,000 words in support of the move, calling for a national championship within 10 years).

Yes, it's patently obvious I'm just filling up space right now. So once again, NDSU, 2011 FCS National Champions.

If you want to stop in and say congratulations, or even just comment on a game that already has a ton of big plays (and dubious penalties), feel free to do so.

We can even get into Pittsburgh's first Wild Card round game since 2007. The team (what's left of it) is in Denver preparing for tomorrow's 4:15 p.m. kickoff.

It's a rich tapestry of activity here today, so let's get to it.



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Steelers Fans Have Interest In Cleveland, Cincinnati

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers Nation is going to be challenged this weekend to cover all the Steelers’ interest with the appropriate amount of black and gold spirit.

Not only do the Steelers need support in Cleveland Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but the team also has a vested interest in what happens in Cincinnati at the same time.

Boiled down, if the Steelers win in Cleveland and the Ravens lose in Cincinnati, the Steelers win the AFC North, a first-round bye and will host a second-round playoff game at Heinz Field. Add a Patriots loss to Buffalo and the Steelers get home field advantage through the playoffs.

Cleveland fans are selling off their tickets online faster than stores are liquidating Christmas decorations so there will be plenty of room for Steelers fans to turn the final game of the season into a home game albeit two hours away.

Likewise the Bengals, despite being in the playoff picture, had 24,000 no shows last week prompting quarterback Andy Dalton, Coach Marvin Lewis and numerous other players to go public with pleas to fans to fill the stands.

Since the Steelers need Cincinnati to win, this is a rare chance for The Steelers Nation to pack into Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati and for three hours on this one day only – cheer for the Bengals.

What’s the old saying? “I’m a fan of the Steelers and whoever is playing the Ravens.” Well this is the week to put on the black and gold, grab the terrible towel, and go make noise against the Ravens. Just like in Cleveland, tickets for the game are plentiful.

Since this is New Years’ weekend, hotel rooms will probably be in short supply, but a check by KDKA found plenty available in both Cincinnati and Cleveland as of Monday night. That could change as the weekend looms. But for now Steelers fans, there is still time and opportunity to get in on supporting the Steelers and the Steelers best interest in Ohio this weekend.

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