Today, the Cincinnati Bengals will have an opportunity to avenge last year’s postseason loss against division rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both teams are coming off impressive Week 1 victories, in which the momentum can carry over into this week. The Steelers defense looks vastly improved from last season after they dominated the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
However, that was Week 1 and the Steelers dominating performance against the Redskins might tell a lot about how bad their Monday Night opponent might be this season. The Bengals have far more firepower than the Redskins right now. Their hands will be full for the entire ball game.
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green had a field day against Pro Bowl cornerback, Darrelle Revis. While being a resident of “Revis Island,” Green hauled in 12 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown score. He could have an even better performance against the Steelers questionable secondary that ranked 30th against the pass last season.
For the Bengals to leave Heinz Field with a victory, they must not let their emotions get the best of them like they did in last season’s playoff game. They were on their way to winning their first playoff game under the “Marvin Lewis Era” until the penalty committed by linebacker Vontaze Burfict caused them to lose the game against the Steelers by a field goal.
That’s why it is imperative that the Bengals play smart football against the Steelers because they have weapons that can hurt an opposing ball club at any moment. At the age of 33, running back DeAngelo Williams is still capable of performing at a higher level.
On opening night against the Redskins, Williams rushed for 143 yards and two touchdown scores. Williams is one of the many weapons that can hurt an opposing team at any given moment. My prediction for this game is that Bengals will keep it close until the fourth quarter in which the Steelers shall leave Heinz Field victorious.
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