Game Day Preview: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals…It's do or die time!

Mike Tomlin, Marvin Lewis
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, greets Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis before an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Steelers are coming off another disappointing loss at home against the Saints last week and now find themselves in a desperate situation. They travel to Cincinnati on Sunday to take on the division leading Bengals and a loss all but eliminates the black and gold from a shot at the division crown and most likely a wild card as well. However, if the Steelers were able to manage to win out, they’d take the division title as that means they’ll beat the Bengals twice. It’s a tall task to ask this enigmatic team but that goal starts on Sunday.
Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:
•    The Steelers offense must stay on the field. Their defense is really bad and the best way to keep the Bengals from putting up points is to manage the clock.
2. Ike Taylor is going to have to contain AJ Green. AJ Green is one of the best receivers in football and it’s not going to be easy for Taylor or anyone in the secondary to stop him but he needs to be held in check for the Steelers to have any kind of chance.
3. Big Ben needs to play better. He’s the most important player on the field for the Steelers and he needs to fix some of the errant throws he made last week. Unfortunately for this team, he’s unable to have an off day because the defense can’t make up for it.
4. The Bengals are a good football team and the Steelers can’t get too far behind. They will not be able to come back against Cincinnati if they get down by multiple scores.

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