Red Zone the Biggest Challenge for Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

December 11, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers have done a good job of scoring touchdowns this year and are averaging a sixth-best 25.9 points per game. They've done just as well keeping their opponents out of the end zone, with the Steelers giving up an average of 20 points per game and touchdowns on just 51.16 percent of their opponents' red-zone appearances.
But all of this will be tested significantly by the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. The division-leading Bengals will be the biggest red-zone challenge Pittsburgh's offense and defense have seen all season.
Cincinnati's defense is allowing the fewest points to opponents, at 16.3 per game and 15.2 points when at home. Opponents are seeing the red zone a league-low 2.2 times per game, compared to the 3.5 times the Steelers typically do (and 2.6 times on the road). As such, opponents are scoring touchdowns on just 44.44 percent of their red-zone appearances against the Bengals defense, and it drops to 23.08 percent when Cincinnati is home.
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