Steeler Nation, week 2 is now in the rear view mirror as the Steelers loss to the Cincinnati Bengals 20 -10 and remain without a win after two games of the 2013 season. The running game continues to be a problem as the Steelers offense has yet to find any consistent rhythm .
Lets take a look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the game.
The Good :
Let’s start off by saying there was not much good coming out of a divisional loss to the Bengals but there was good to be found.
CB Ike Taylor had a good game holding WR A.J. Green to six catches for 41 yards. Green never caught a pass longer than 8 yards all night.
The special teams seems to be making progress with Felix Jones and Antonio Brown both setting the Steelers up with good field position throughout the game.
Linebacker Jarvis Jones looks to be the real deal as he made his first start and led the Steelers in tackles. Jones did not have any sacks but was a force against the run.
The touchdown catch of rookie wide out Derek Moye was also good as Moye shows potential of being a red zone threat for the Steelers.
Center Fernando Velasco did a good job considering the short notice he had and may be a suitable replacement at the position.
The Bad :
The costly fumble that tight end David Paulson had deep in Bengal territory very well could of been the turning point of the game. Once again the Steelers continue to kill themselves with costly turnovers at critical times.
Jerricho Cotchery was targeted eight times but made only two catches. He dropped way too many easy passes and the way the Steeler’s offense has started the season play like this is unacceptable.
Isaac Redman just does not look like a starting caliber running back. He continues to look tentative and unsure of himself with 3 carries for 4 yards.
The Steelers defense going without a sack is never a good thing.
The Ugly :
The Steelers offense as a whole was ugly. The running game was once again nonexistent with 16 rushes for only 44 total rushing yards and an anemic 2.8 yard average. The passing game has shown no rhythm or consistency and has lacked big plays.The fact that the Steelers could not make a first down in the whole third quarter tells you all that you need to know.
The Steelers coaches and players must get on the same page .There has been way too much confusion between plays and the game planning has been questionable at times.
Its time the Steelers offense takes a good look in the mirror .This includes players and coaches because something needs to change and soon.
The defense’s lack of big plays and forced turnovers is also a major problem.The defense must help this offense out as much as possible.