The Pittsburgh Steelers upset the AFC North leaders the Cincinatti Benglas 30-20 on Sunday Night Football. The Steelers in week 2 lost to the Bengals at their place, but this time around it was the Steelers who took it to the Bengals.
The Steelers are practically out of the race for the playoffs, so what does this win over the Bengals mean?
Aside from it being a moral victory, this win over Cincinnati was really quite frustrating.
The Steelers played like the Steelers we all thought we’d see all season long. Ben Roethlisberger was nearly flawless, Antonio Brown had another big game and the defense held their ground. Playing so well has got to be frustrating because it showed this team’s capable of being a good but they just aren’t.
It’s almost certain the Steelers will miss the playoffs for a second straight season. A slow start for the offense and a streaky defense has left this team searching for answers come the off season.
If you didn’t watch the Steelers play all season and only watched the game against the Bengals then you would’ve thought they were the ones leading the divisions and the Bengals were bound to miss the post-season.
Roethlisberger has been pretty consistent this season and remains to be the glue holding this team from completely spiraling out of control. he has had some help too, mainly from Brown.
Brown against the Benglas had five receptions for 66 yards, one receiving touchdown and ran a punt back for a touchdown. Brown has established himself as the main receiver for this Steelers’ team. Brown is also now on the verge of setting franchise records.
Brown currently on pace to break Yancey Thigpen’s record of 1,398 reciving yards in a season set 16 years ago. Brown only needs 92 yards to surpass him. Along with that record Brown only needs 17 more catches to pass Hines Ward’s record of 112 receptions in a season.
Even the defense has a solid game. As streaky and aging as they may be, Dick Lebeau’s unit still has some gas left int he tank. Players like Cam Heyward and Steve McLendon are starting to shine and the team has to be excited about younger guys gaining ground.
Even with younger guys stepping the “old-times” are still managing to get the job done, it maybe not as consistently as we want but there’s still good games left for these guys.
In this win over the Bengals, the Steelers played at a high-level and gave us a glimpse of what this team should’ve been like this season. It’s got to be frustrating for the coaching staff to see this. Going into the off season changes will be made but maybe it doesn’t need to be a complete change-up.
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