Steel Mill A.M.: Stats and storylines to know from Steelers’ win over Bengals
Here are some things to know about the Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Bengals on Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.
Three stats to know
1. In three of their past four wins (vs, the Colts, Packers and Bengals), the Steelers have led for a combined total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. In two, they did not hold a lead for even 1 second of game time.
2. Andy Dalton’s passer rating in the first half Monday was 120.4; in the second half it dropped to 53.7. He completed just five passes after halftime.
3. The Steelers have reached 40 sacks in the first 12 games of a season for the seventh time since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 and for the first time since 2008.
Snap counts to know
Offense: WR Antonio Brown (66 of 66), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (54), WR Martavis Bryant (40), WR Justin Hunter (0), RB James Conner (3)
Defense: S Robert Golden (64 of 64), DE Cameron Heyward (57), DE Stephon Tuitt (57), OLB Anthony Chickillo (10), OLB Arthur Moats (10)
The week is compressed, but largely unchanged from normal from Tuesday forward. The Steelers practice Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and hold a walkthrough Saturday.
Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2), 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Heinz Field
Three storylines for the week
1. First and foremost will be Ryan Shazier’s helath.
2. Will the league come down hard on the Steelers and Bengals who delivered dangerous hits in Monday’s game?
3. A short week, a beat-up team with some of its attention on Shazier, a longtime rival in which games traditionally have been hard-hitting on deck – and the biggest game of the season after that. How in the world will the Steelers be able to focus on (and beat) the Ravens?
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.