Steeler Nation , the Steelers are now 6-8 after defeating the division rival Cincinnati Bengals 30-20 Sunday night. The Steelers are fighting to get to 8-8 by seasons end. Lets take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the game.
Wide receiver Antonio Brown continues to be one of the biggest play-makers not only on the Steelers offense but in the whole NFL. Brown caught 5 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. Brown also had a punt return of 67 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers their early lead in the first half. Antonio Brown now has 95 catches for 1307 yards and 8 touchdowns for the season.
Running back Le’Veon Bell may not have the biggest numbers stat wise but over the past few games he has been one of the key components of the Steelers offense. Bell ran 24 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. Bell also caught 5 passes for 50 yards. Le’Veon Bell is a skilled runner and pass catcher making him a valuable asset as an every down back .
The Steelers special teams was a major factor especially early on in the game. When Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber could not handle a snap gone awry the Steelers coverage team took full advantage giving the Steeler’s offense the ball at the Cincinnati 1 yard line and setting up the Steelers first touchdown. Brown’s punt return for a touchdown was also huge giving the Steelers a big lead going into the half.
Kicker Shaun Suisham accounted for 12 of the Steelers 30 points including a 45 yard field goal under tough weather conditions. Shaun Suisham has been very good most of the season.
The Steelers offense although on the upswing continued to have trouble in the red zone having to settle to often for field goals. The Steelers at one point in the third quarter were 0-5 on third downs. The Steelers offense has been much improved over the past few games but must work on being more consistent and score more touchdowns when the opportunity arises.
The Steelers have been improving in the running game but still have a long way to go before they are close to where they need to be. The Steelers only averaged 2.9 a run against the Bengals. This has been a problem most of the season as the Steelers have not had a 100 yard rusher all season.