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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals will renew their rivalry with their first meeting in the 2018 regular season Womens Le'Veon Bell Jersey , and no one is quite sure what to make of this AFC North grudge match.While most are expecting another brutally physical game, the true identity of these two teams is far from certain. To get a better grasp on the Bengals, I sat down with Cincy Jungle, SB Nation’s Bengals website, to talk about things from the other side of the fence. Check out the Q&A we had below:The Cincinnati Bengals are playing some great football this year. What has been the biggest difference(s) between 2017 and 2018 which has led to success?I think the most noticeable difference is the command Bill Lazor has over this offense. He took over as the official offensive coordinator this offseason, and he created a brand new offense, which is something this team hasn’t done since Jay Gruden joined the team. Lazor has been very imaginative, and he hasn’t been afraid to move players around. A.J. Green has lined up in the slot more than ever this season, and it has payed off with huge plays.Also John Ross and Tyler Boyd contributing at receiver is huge as well. Neither did much last season, but Ross’ speed is something teams just have to respect, and that opens things up for Boyd who has become Andy Dalton’s favorite safety blanket to target. Also of course Joe Mixon being the feature back from the get go is huge. Too often last season the Bengals would go to Jeremy Hill for a drive while Mixon was rolling, and it would throw off the entire rhythm of the offense.The final thing is Cordy Glenn at left tackle, and the team not having Russell Bodine at center. Glenn hasn’t been perfect at left tackle, but he has been a very noticeable upgrade over Cedric Ogbuehi who has yet to even be activated for a game. Also Bodine not getting bull rushed back into the pocket has allowed Dalton to actually be able to step up in the pocket to give his receivers more time. The Bengals offense seems to be one of the more potent in the league, but every unit has their potential pit falls. What are the weaknesses of this Bengals offense?While the offensive line is improved from last year, the right side is still pretty bad. Right guard Alex Redmond and right tackle Bobby Hart just can’t seem to put a game where they are consistently good together. Hart has had plays where he just doesn’t end up blocking anyone Youth Jordan Berry Jersey , which allows pass rushers a free look at Dalton, and Redmond has had issues being escorted to Dalton’s lap by interior pass rushers too often. Although, Redmond has shown the most promise of the two, that isn’t saying much.If you were an offensive coordinator putting together a game plan for the Bengals’ defense, how would you attack them?Two areas I’d attack are the linebackers in coverage and Dre Kirkpatrick. I wouldn’t even look towards William Jackson unless he is playing off coverage.The linebackers covering has been an issue for awhile now. This year hasn’t changed as it seems like they are just sitting out there waiting for someone to catch a pass. If I had a dollar for every time an offense ran colliding drag routes on third down I would probably be able to buy the Bengals. Kirkpatrick gets picked on more than any high paid corner I can remember. He has good plays, but he is easily beaten on double moves or by quicker receivers. It is very easy to get in front of him if he is playing off coverage. The one thing you really need to make sure that you do is hit on quicker passes if Cincinnati decides to blitz (which seems rarer than it should be). If they bring one extra blitzer it usually results in a quick pressure on the quarterback. even when they don’t blitz the combination of Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap makes it hard for any quarterback to feel safe sitting back their for long. Name one player on each side of the ball Steelers fans might want to keep an eye on this Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.Jessie Bates is the best safety in the NFL that no one seems to be talking about. He doesn’t light up the stat sheet, even though he has two picks on the season, but he plays the center field so well for the Bengals. Cincinnati hasn’t given up a ton of big plays deep, and he is pretty much the reason for that. Ben Roethlisber may have to worry about a new Reggie Nelson roaming the secondary.Boyd is probably the guy that Pittsburgh fans would least expect to be the key for the offense. He is flying under the radar of Mixon and Green, but when Boyd is going that means the Bengals are converting third downs and getting into scoring distance. He struggled last week to get the ball from Dalton, and the Bengals’ offense only scored 10 points. He is someone Cincinnati needs to get going.What is your prediction of the game, and how do you see it playing out?I’m always afraid of divisional games. You never know quite how they will turn out. I do think this game ends up being very close, but I also think it ends up being a pretty high scoring affair. It could ultimately come down to which team makes the deciding turnover late. That is something the Bengals have done all year long, and I think they do it again as Roethlisberger tries to attack Kirkpatrick one too many times, and Bates gets the game sealing interception.Bengals 34 Steelers 31 I was wrong and I readily admit it. I couldn't understand why the Pittsburgh Steelers used a second round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on a wide receiver from USC that I honestly had never heard of till the NFL Combine commenced. Mainly I was shocked because I didn't consider the wide receiver position to be high on the Steelers list of pressing needs. Martavis Bryant was expected back from his year long suspension and appeared to have made strides in his personal life and even managed to add muscle mass to his freakishly athletic frame. He had much to prove and should have been plenty motivated to have a monster season. Obviously the Steelers were wish to hedge their bet by selecting JuJu and resisting the urge to gamble on Bryant's return to form. I believe his reaction to Smith Schuster's selection and resulting tweet was our first glimpse of things to come.I had been lulled into a false sense of security because the Steelers had proven capable of finding quality wideouts in the later rounds of the draft, or even undrafted free agents Youth Jesse James Jersey , seemingly at will. So why were the Steelers selecting a receiver that early in the draft when they had so many other positions of need? Especially a guy that, judging by his combine numbers and collegiate statistics, wasn't going to have teams running up to the podium to select him.JuJu on paper had three main attributes working in his favor. His frame, his hands, and his age. Even though he was one of the youngest players in the draft, he already possessed a NFL ready physique and a strong set of hands. Nothing else necessarily jumped off the screen watching his workouts and highlights, or off the page going over his numbers. He wasn't particularly fast, tall, or explosive. He appeared to be merely a solid selection, mainly due to his age and potential for continued growth and development, whose ceiling was probably a WR2 at best. The hardest attributes to measure for any prospects is their intangibles. Thankfully the Steelers had a man on the inside at USC that knew JuJu's intangibles very well.Steelers legend Lynn Swann just so happens to be the Athletic Director at his alma mater USC and was able to advise the Steelers concerning JuJu's character and potential. I'm certain this insight proved vital in JuJu's selection. This week JuJu has been enjoying the Pro Bowl festivities in Orlando Florida, an invitation that he received interestingly enough, only after Antonio Brown had to withdraw due to injury. His youthful enthusiasm has been on full display and has been breath of fresh air to those in attendance. His relaxed demeanor and easy charm allows him to make new fans wherever he goes, even with individuals who are definitely not Steelers fans normally. You simply can't fake sincerity, and JuJu has it in abundance. He has proven to be quite the ambassador for the Steelers. You could see his love for competition during his outstanding performance in the best hands challenge. It was refreshing to witness his joy, not burdened by expectation or concern for his brand. That is JuJu's business Womens Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , to make people smile. Partly because he is present, engaging, and relatable. With all the uncertainty surrounding Antonio Brown's availability next season, JuJu realizes that he may be forced to take over the WR1 position sooner rather than later. That scenario is definitely not what JuJu wants, but he has no say in that decision. There is no doubt that he has benefited immensely from AB's greatness on the other side of the field, and he doesn't want that to change. He has also learned by example from a skilled craftsman and one of the hardest working players in the league, and he remains appreciative.Whatever happens, JuJu understands he can never replace the greatness of Antonio Brown, he can only be the best JuJu Smith Schuster he can be.He will continue doing his best Hines Ward impersonation, and being his carefree, happy go lucky, no drama self.Somehow I get the feeling that was the Steelers plan all along. NFL Outlet
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