The Steelers don’t have the capacity to grind away running the ball the way they used to.
The Bengals have no such problems.
The Bengals just took a 7-3 lead, with 49 yards of an 80-yard drive coming on the ground. Cedric Peerman got the final five for the touchdown, but BenJarvus Green-Ellis had the other 44 on eight carries to set the pace.
The Steelers can’t try to pretend to match it, because they don’t have the bodies because of a rash of injuries.
Playing without the starting right tackle, center and top two backs from the league’s 31st-ranked run offense entering the week, the Steelers are going to have to get it done through the air tonight.