Joe Reedy, the Bengals’ beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, answers a couple of questions about today’s game at Heinz Field.
Q: What will having A.J. Green for the entire game do for the Bengals’ offense?
A: A.J. Green gives the Bengals a consistent deep and vertical threat which is something they were lacking since Ochocinco’s decline in 2007. It will help having him the entire game because that frees up Gresham and Caldwell underneath. Simpson can help stretch the field too but has been wildly inconsistent.
Q: What do the Bengals have to do to win today?
A: No turnovers and their secondary has to play perfect. Nate Clements might miss the game due to a hamstring injury which leaves just three corners and not a lot of depth. Chris Crocker and Gibril Wilson could play the nickel corner, which is a scary proposition.
Q: Do you have a prediction?
A: Steelers 27-20. If the Bengals had Clements I could see the possibility for an upset but not now. Their secondary is too banged up and with the way Roethlisberger can make plays on the run that should be the deciding factor.