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NFL Week 13 Preview: Steelers at Bengals

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers raises his hands after a touchdown during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 4

Coverage by: Mike Manning

Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers offense vs. Cincinnati Bengals defense

Geno Atkins, interior defender, Cincinnati Bengals

PFFELO Ranking: 18

Coverage by: Lorin Cox

Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals offense vs. Pittsburgh Steelers defense

  • QB Andy Dalton vs. Steelers pass-rush – Dalton hasn’t let pass-rushers affect his throws too much. This season, he has a 69.0 percent adjusted completion percentage when under pressure, the fifth-highest in the NFL. However, the pressure he is under is converted to sacks 24.1 percent of the time, tied for the third highest this season. Only one of his eight interceptions this year have come under pressure. The Steelers pressure quarterbacks on 42 percent of their passing plays and converts sacks on 10 percent of their pressures, both the second-best rates of any defense. Quarterbacks under pressure have not thrown a touchdown against Pittsburgh and have a NFL passer rating of 62.7, the 10th lowest in the league.
  • RB Joe Mixon vs. LB Ryan Shazier – Mixon is coming off of his highest-graded game of the season. He was the highest-graded running back in Week 12 at 93.5 overall. In that game he forced four missed tackles on 23 carries and picked up 71 yards after contact in a 114-yard performance. On the season, he is the 14th-highest graded running back at 80.1 overall. No linebacker has missed more tackles this season (19) than Shazier, but he’s still the eighth-highest graded linebacker in the NFL at 84.7 overall. He’s been targeted 58 times in coverage this season, the third-most at his position, but he leads all linebackers with six pass breakups so far.

Joe Mixon, running back, Cincinnati Bengals

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