Friday, November 21, 2008
A few things that jumped out from the Bengals-Steelers matchup
By Scouts Inc.
Sometimes, it just jumps off the screen. Other times, it takes a second or third look. Scouts Inc. watched the Bengals-Steelers matchup and learned a few things about each team.
Steelers 27, Bengals 10
• The Steelers' defense had repeated success with corner blitzes against the Bengals. They do an excellent job of disguising their intentions before the snap, then bring players from different angles. The Bengals had very few answers for the pressure coming off the corner.
Scouts Inc. gives more observations from the Bengals-Steelers matchup. Insider
• Steelers' offense gets a big lift
• Depleted Bengals held their own vs. run
• The Bengals did not have enough of a pass rush to take advantage of the Steelers' offensive line. When the Bengals rushed four, they couldn't generate enough pressure to force QB Ben Roethlisberger to get the ball out quick. Bringing extra players was the only way they could improve their rush, but Pittsburgh did a good job of beating the blitz with screens and hot reads.
Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com.