Big Cats Try To Reclaim Turf

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Andy Dalton has never beaten Pittsburgh at home. Image courtesy of Lyons/Getty Images
It’s a rare thing for Cincinnati to start favourite against Pittsburgh , and it shows just how far the Steelers have dropped over the past couple of seasons, given they come in to this match-up on Tuesday morning (AEST) having won on 11 of their last 12 visits to Paul Brown Stadium.

The Steelers stayed in touch with Tennessee in Week 1 before going down 16-9 . Their offence was woeful at times, though, and didn’t register a point until there were two minutes left on the clock in the fourth quarter. This was against a Titans team which gave up more points in the NFL than any other team last year, and with the Steelers having won their last ten season openers at home.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked five times and probably most concerning was the Steelers managed just 32 yards from their ground game, with starting tailback Isaac Redman fumbling twice. Star centre Maurkice Pouncey is also gone for the season after suffering a knee injury in the defeat. Pittsburgh has a solid group of receivers in Antonio Brown , Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders but they’re hardly gamebreakers.

The Bengals weren’t quite as disappointing in the opening week and really should have taken a win away from Chicago. Cinci led 21-10 in the third quarter but the Bears put together 81- and 80-yard drives to close out a 24-21 victory. The Bengals turned the ball over on three occasions in the Windy City and despite the team’s struggles on offence, the Steelers’ defence must still be respected.

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