Saturday, November 12, 2011
By Jamison Hensley
CINCINNATI -- I'm here for the big AFC North showdown between the Steelers and the Bengals. This is my third consecutive week covering the Steelers, so I'm starting to feel like a roadie for them. During that time, I've learned you can count on three things: close games, an injury to a linebacker and Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 300 yards.
Roethlisberger is going against the 10th-ranked pass defense in Cincinnati. While there has been a lot of talking about Pittsburgh's pass rush, Cincinnati has generated pressure this year without much blitzing.
Four Bengals defensive linemen have three or more sacks this season (Geno Atkins 3.5, Carlos Dunlap 3.0, Frostee Rucker 3.0, Jonathan Fanene 3.0). Roethlisberger has been sacked 26 times, which is most in the NFL. But he was sacked only once against Baltimore last Sunday.