The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 8-5,following an impressive win on the road, beating the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21 in a must win divisional matchup . The game was a close one until the Steelers offense exploded for 25 unanswered points in the 4th quarter.
Let’s take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of this Steelers victory.
When it comes to the good this season, it seems like you can’t go without mentioning these three names on offense … Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.These three have become some what of a three headed monster for opposing defenses.
Roethlisberger completed 25 of 39 passes for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rating of 118.5. Roethlisberger continues what may be his best season yet.
WR Antonio Brown had 9 catches for 117 yards and showed why he may be the best wide receiver in the NFL this season.
Running back Le’Veon Bell had another great outing becoming only the second running back ( Walter Payton being the first) in NFL history to combine for over 200 yards of offense in 3 straight games.Bell ran 26 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged a whopping 7.1 yards a carry. Bell also caught six passes for 50 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Le’Veon Bell proves week in and week out that he is an elite talent both running and catching the football. He is something special and defenses from here on out will have to take notice.
The Steelers offensive line had a good game and deserves much of the credit for the Steelers offensive success in this game. They blocked well for Bell and didn’t give up a sack.
Tight end Heath Miller scored a touchdown and a two point conversion and was a key blocker on many of Bell’s big running plays.
Rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a 94 yard touchdown pass and had 109 yards on 4 catches for the game. Bryant has 7 touchdowns in 7 games. He has been a great added spark to the Steelers offense.
On defense the Steelers forced two turnovers and collected 3 sacks. Linebacker Arthur Moats had two sacks and a key fumble recovery and DE Cam Heyward also had a sack.
The bottom line is the Steelers as a team showed up big time in a big time game and got a much needed win.
The Steelers fortunately didn’t have that much bad but there was something.The Steelers defense gave up 11 catches for 224 yards receiving and a touchdown to Bengal WR A.J. Green and was unable to pressure the quarterback for most of the first half.
Although they did rebound, they must step up their play as a unit moving forward.
The Steelers defensive secondary looks ugly too often. They have given up way too many big pass plays this season. The Steelers defense has given up 13 pass plays of 40 yards or more so far this season. This is unacceptable. The secondary as a whole must be better.
Safety Mike Mitchell must step up his play. He has been inconsistent much of the season and must be more discipline. Ike Taylor must also step up his play , whether it’s injuries and rust or just age he must play better for Steelers to be competitive.
You just can’t give up these big pass plays in today’s NFL and be a truly good defense.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers to be considered among the best this has to change.