By Matthew Asher
One of the added benefits of your team playing on Monday Night is you have a chance to see other teams play on Sunday that you might not get a chance to. While Atlanta took on Green Bay this week, CBS aired the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game. During the game, the announcers referred to a group of the best Pittsburgh players as the “Killer B’s” due to the fact that they all had “B” start either their first or last name. With that in mind, here is that list and what the Falcons need to do to contain, or at least limit, their production during the next game.READ MORE: Toyota Is Offering To Buy Back An Electric SUV Because Its Wheels Could Fall Off
Obviously, limiting the quarterback is always a key to victory. Big Ben is on quite a roll this season. In consecutive weeks against the Colts and Ravens, Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns and no interceptions in each game. He’s already thrown for 4,055 yards, 29 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. An interesting note is that the two times Roethlisberger has thrown two interceptions in a game, Pittsburgh has lost both games. All in all, in the six games that Big Ben has thrown an INT, the Steelers are 2-4. So if Atlanta can pick off at least one pass, they’ve got a great chance at winning.
Bell has been a workhorse for the Steelers this season. The running back has more than 1,900 yards of total offense as well as eight total touchdowns. He leads the team in every meaningful rushing statistic and is second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns. Bell averages 5.1 yards per rush and 9.8 yards per reception, meaning he’s very efficient in gaining yards regardless of the method. More so than Big Ben, if Atlanta can stop Le’Veon, the Falcons are almost assured a victory.The House Passes Democrats' Health Care And Climate Bill, Clearing Measure For Biden's Signature
Brown is Pittsburgh’s top receiver. He leads the team in every receiving statistic, save for yards per reception. He’s currently on pace to catch 130 passes for 1,700 yards and 14 touchdowns. Returning punts is also in Brown’s wheelhouse as he’s been involved in all but two Steeler returns this season. Brown also has a decent throwing arm, as he’s completed both passes attempted this season with one of them going for a touchdown. Trick plays with Brown aren’t out of the question, so the Falcons will need to be aware of that added offensive dimension.
As mentioned with Brown, the only receiving statistic he doesn’t lead the team in is yards per reception. That honor goes to Bryant, who is basically the Antone Smith of the Steelers. He may not have many touches, but he makes the most of them. Out of Bryant’s 21 receptions, seven of them have resulted in touchdowns, including a 94-yard score last week that ended the Bengals’ chances at a victory. He averages 21.6 yards per catch and once he gets out in the open field, good luck catching up with him.
Kickoff from the Georgia Dome for this Week 15 game is scheduled for 1 pm ET. #RiseUp
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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.