Pittsburgh Steelers must blitz to attack Bengals

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Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) passes against pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (31) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) passes against pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (31) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals used to be a team known for their strong offensive line. Now, they are a team with question marks at almost every spot on their line. Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler left the Bengals this offseason and it left their offensive line in a confusing place.

Pittsburgh Steelers must blitz to attack Bengals

The Bengals drafted for this, but their draft picks have yet to fall into place and make an impact. What that has done has turned this offensive line into a team weakness. It has gotten Andy Dalton sacked 15 times so far this season. Every offensive line slot can be charged for at least one sack.

What is interesting to note is how these teams are getting the sacks. Of the 15 sacks, nine came when the defense blitzed or confused the offensive line in some way. Jake Fisher has eight career starts. Cedric Ogbuehi has 16. Whether it be T.J. Johnson or Trey Hopkins, they have five and two starts respectively. This is an inexperienced line that does not know how to communicate. Blitzing them and throwing stunts at them will beat them consistently.

The play below should look familiar to Steelers fans. Nobody notices this blitz. Andy Dalton doesn’t and his inexperienced tackles surely do not. The Packers send two cornerbacks in off of the edge, and both seemingly come in free without the awareness that they were coming.

 

The Steelers do this all the time. Mike Hilton is a blitzing extraordinaire and Joe Haden has been used in this role, recording one of his three career sacks this season.

Three safeties, two middle linebackers, and one cornerback have sacks against the Bengals so far this season. The recipe to getting after the Bengals is to disguise who is coming and send them from all different areas. Can the Steelers follow this gameplan and get to Dalton?

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