Bengals willing, able to keep it on the ground

AP

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.