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Steel Mill A.M.: Stats and storylines to know from Steelers’ win over Bengals

December 5, 2017

Here are some things to know about the Steelers’ 23-20 win over the Bengals on Monday night at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Three stats to know:

1. In three of their past four wins (vs, the Colts, Packers and Bengals), the Steelers have led for a combined total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. In two, they did not hold a lead for even 1 second of game time.

2. Andy Dalton’s passer rating in the first half Monday was 120.4; in the second half it dropped to 53.7. He completed just five passes after halftime.

3. The Steelers have reached 40 sacks in the first 12 games of a season for the seventh time since sacks became an official statistic in 1982 and for the first time since 2008.

Snap counts to know:

Offense – WR Antonio Brown (66 of 66), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (54), WR Martavis Bryant (40), WR Justin Hunter (0), RB James Conner (3)

Defense – S Robert Golden (64 of 64), DE Cameron Heyward (57), DE Stephon Tuitt (57), OLB Anthony Chickillo (10), OLB Arthur Moats (10)

Weekly schedule: The week is compressed, but largely unchanged from normal from Tuesday forward. The Steelers practice Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and hold a walkthrough Saturday.

Next game: Ravens (7-5) at Steelers (10-2), 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Heinz Field

Three storylines for the week:

1. First and foremost will be Ryan Shazier’s helath.

2. Will the league come down hard on the Steelers and Bengals who delivered dangerous hits in Monday’s game?

3. A short week, a beat-up team with some of its attention on Shazier, a longtime rival in which games traditionally have been hard-hitting on deck – and the biggest game of the season after that. How in the world will the Steelers be able to focus on (and beat) the Ravens?

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.