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New look Bengals defense prepares for Steelers offense

ZERO BLITZ: Is it just two years ago the Bengals were a zero blitz away against a win over the Steelers and a 5-1 start? It’s OK if it seems like 22 years ago, but, yes go back to Oct. 14, 2018 at Paul Brown Stadium and the Bengals had just taken a 21-20 lead with 78 seconds left on running back Joe Mixon’s four-yard run behind right guard Alex Redmond and right tackle Bobby Hart.

Roethlisberger stormed back and with 15 seconds left from the Bengals 31, flipped a pass to Brown on a rub route that was the perfect call against an all-out blitz with no one in the middle of the field and Brown wasn’t touched.

Of the Bengals that lined up on that play, only four are still here: Bates, cornerback William Jackson III, tackle Geno Atkins and end Carl Lawson. Bell is one of those ushering in a new day.

“They come in undefeated, coming off a tough win against Dallas, and why not us? Why not make the play?” Bell asked. Read from source….