Sitting at 0-2 in the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers will find themselves under some pressure to earn their first win over a divisional opponent this weekend against the surprising Cincinnati Bengals.
Behind rookie quarterback Andy Dalton and running back Cedric Benson, the Bengals are riding a five-game winning streak, but will find two tough tests over the next couple of weeks with the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens.
Just as the Steelers have a lot at stake, so do the Bengals.
While Pittsburgh will likely try to force Dalton into making rookie mistakes, something he has avoided for much of this season, they will also have to be concerned over what Cincinnati offers on defense.
The Bengals have the second leading rush defense in the league and rank 10th against the pass. They will provide a stiff challenge for Pittsburgh’s offense.
Here are the keys to earning a victory against the Cincinnati Bengals.