The Steelers will look to win back-to-back games this week, and here are three bold predictions for their matchup with the Bengals.
The Steelers had a safe game plan against the Saints, and it resulted in their third win of the season. They now look for four as they prepare for their rematch against the Bengals. They benefitted from strong defensive play in week one and will likely need it again if they want to have a shot at winning.
This isn’t the same Bengals team from week one, as Joe Burrow has been far more consistent and less mistake-prone since the first week. The team barely scrapped out a win that time, and this game will likely be even harder to succeed in. Here are three bold predictions for the Steelers as they have their rematch against the Bengals.
Alex Highsmith hits double digits
One of the only players having a great season for the Steelers, Alex Highsmith has found his footing in the league and is having his best season as a pro. He caught fire after a hot and cold start to the season last year, and now he has been amongst the sack leaders every week since this season began.
He has already posted a career-high 8.5 sacks this season, and I think he crosses double digits this week. While he doesn’t record three sacks as he did in week one, he adds two more to his totals, including a key strip sack that keeps the team alive late in the game. I don’t think his great season gets put on hold this week against the Bengals.
Steelers have back-to-back 200-yard ground days
The Steelers rushing game finally got on track against the Saints, as the unit tallied over 200 yards between all contributors. Najee Harris finally had a good game, using his power to consistently churn forward in the run game. Jaylen Warren was effective as a rotational reserve as well.
I think the group keeps it up this week against the Bengals. The offense proved that a stable ground game is the best way for this team to win a game, as their rookie quarterback can’t shoulder a load for the team yet. Harris goes over 100-yards in convincing fashion and Warren continues to chip in as an effective rotational back.
George Pickens bullies the Bengals
This is a matchup I am eagerly wanting to see, how does rookie George Pickens look in a more prominent role against a bad pair of Bengals cornerbacks? Neither of the outside options are playing well for Cincinnati right now, and Pickens is talented and extremely physical. I think he could wipe the floor with either of the options he could be covered by.
One of the main things seemingly holding Pickens back right now is his quarterback play. He has displayed great body control and hands so far, but a limited passing game has held him back. I think he proves his worth this week though and has a great game, going for over 100 receiving yards and a score.
The Steelers would love to sweep the Bengals en route to their fourth win on the season. It won’t be an easy game by any means though, as this Bengals team matches well with Pittsburgh. Keep these bold predictions in mind as the Steelers try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.