Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GERRY DULAC'S SCOUTING REPORT [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

GERRY DULAC'S SCOUTING REPORT [Derived Headline]

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WHEN THE BENGALS HAVE THE BALL

Key performers: QB Andy Dalton, RB Jeremy Hill, RB Giovani Bernard, WR A.J. Green, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham, LT Andrew Whitworth

Who's hot: Hill, a rookie No. 2 halfback from LSU, has rushed for 152-plus yards in two of the past five games and leads the team with 683 yards on 144 carries and six touchdowns. Hill and Bernard (540 yards, 5 TDs) basically split the carries when both are healthy.

What's been working: Dalton is on pace to throw 100 fewer passes than last season, and maybe it's because Green missed four games (toe), WR Marvin Jones has not played and pass-catching TE Tyler Eifert is on short-term IR. Despite fewer attempts, Dalton has as many interceptions (13) as TDs (13).

Game plan: The Bengals are at their best when they run the ball and run it frequently. Dalton is 26-3-1 -- 8-0 in December -- when they run at least 30 times. That allows him to use play-action to set up deep passes, something at which he excels.

Keep an eye on: RT Marshall Newhouse has struggled as a replacement for injured Andre Smith and could be replaced by LG Clint Boling or newcomer Eric Winston. That should be a good matchup for OLB Jason Worilds, who rushed more against the Saints than he has all season and had one of his best games.

WHEN THE STEELERS HAVE THE BALL

Key performers: DT Geno Atkins, DE Carlos Dunlap, MLB Rey Maualuga, OLB Vontaze Burfict, CB Terence Newman, CB Leon Hall, S Reggie Nelson

Who's hot: The secondary has allowed just one touchdown pass in the past three games and a league-low 11 on the season. Cornerbacks Newman and Hall and nickelback Adam Jones haven't allowed a wide receiver to have a 25-yard catch in the past four games and have allowed just six all season.

What's been working: The return of Maualuga, who missed four games with a hamstring injury, has strengthened the run defense. After the Browns rushed for 170 yards, Maualuga returned and the Bengals haven't allowed more than 75 yards rushing the past three games. …

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