WR Antonio Brown vs. WR A.J. Green
Brown and Green have proven that they are two of the most dynamic receivers in the league as both players earned Pro Bowl honors earlier this week. Brown leads the NFL in receptions (122) and receiving yards (1,570). His 12 receiving touchdowns are tied for third-most in the league. Green has battled injuries this season but has still managed to record 61 receptions for 959 yards and six touchdowns. In Week 14 against the Steelers, Green set a career-high with 224 receiving yards and will be a major challenge for the Pittsburgh secondary tonight.
LB James Harrison vs. LB Vincent Rey
Harrison looked to be in his prime last week against the Chiefs as the 12-year pro provided consistent pressure on Kansas City QB Alex Smith. He finished the game with seven tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries. Rey has been a model of consistency for the Bengals and leads the team with 114 tackles (57 solo). With playmaking running backs on both sides of the ball, the linebacking corps will be entrusted to hold their own in this AFC North battle.
RB Le'Veon Bell vs. RB Jeremy Hill
Balance has been one of the themes of the Steelers offense this season due to the performance of Bell. The second-year back was named to his first Pro Bowl this week, was named Steelers' MVP, and he ranks second in the NFL with 2,115 yards from scrimmage (1,341 rushing and 774 receiving). Hill has had an impressive rookie year and has rushed for 1,024 yards and nine touchdowns. He has recorded at least 140 rushing in four games this season including 148 and 147 yards in the last two weeks. Each team will try to establish the ground game to control the game clock and open up the passing game.