Bengals Early Bird Special: Bring On The Steelers.....Again

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Steelers won 24-17. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Good morning Bengals Nation. Make yourself a pot of coffee, grab something to eat, and blare some Journey or Led Zeppelin from your stereo. It's going to be one of those days apparently. So why not have some awesome music playing in order to make your day better?

It's Steelers week round two. This time the Bengals aim to even the season series against Pittsburgh. It won't be an easy task, but one way to make it not as challenging involves not letting the Steelers score on their first two drives. In all honesty, if the Bengals defense showed up at the beginning of the game then the Bengals would have had a better chance at winning during round one of one of the most epic rivalries in all of football.

Another factor is that Jerome Simpson is going to have to show up this time. He can't drop passes like he has been. That's a horrible habit of his. He's either an explosive receiver (when A.J. Green isn't playing) or he's a total dud (when Green does play). And unless Green gets injured between now and Sunday, he'll be playing, which means Simpson probably won't. That needs to change. Andy Dalton needs more than one or two targets to pass to. He needs to have a handful of receivers to be able to pass to.

And finally Cedric Benson needs to have some sort of repeat performance from last week against the Cleveland Browns. Or the running game needs to do some sort of damage. Otherwise the Bengals offense will be one-dimensional and Pittsburgh's defense will have an easy time at containing the Bengals.

Alright enough ranting. Here's what you may have missed or overlooked from Tuesday.

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