The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 8-5 as they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 33-20 in a hard-hitting, no holds barred divisional battle. Let’s now take a look at the Good, the Bad & the Ugly of the game…
When ever you can beat a division rival in a key match up, like Sunday that’s a good thing.
Although the Steelers offense played good, it was the defense that made the big plays and would be the difference maker.
The Steelers defense had 3 interceptions as defensive end Stephon Tuitt, safety Robert Golden and cornerback William Gay all recorded one. Gay returned his interception for a 23 yard touchdown to begin the second half and give the Steelers a comfortable lead.
The Steelers also sacked the quarterback 3 times with defensive end Cam Heyward and safety Will Allen each had one, while nose tackle Dan McCullers and linebacker Vince Williams shared a sack.
On offense it was the usual standouts ,quarterback Ben Rothlisberger was 30 of 39 for 282 yards and an interception. Tight end Heath Miller led the team with 10 receptions and 66 yards making more than a few key catches. Wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 7 for 87 yards . Running back DeAngelo Williams scored two touchdowns on the ground and had 76 yards rushing.The Steelers offense may not of scored many touchdowns but they did move the ball when needed totaling 354 total net yards and 33 points.The Steelers offensive line had a good game and help set the tone of the game.
The bottom line is the Steelers made more big plays on both sides of the ball when it counted than the Bengals.
The Bad :
The Steelers offense settled for 4 field goals and was held without a touchdown in the passing game.
As great as the Steelers offense is, it still needs to improve on its red zone offense and must get more touchdowns when the opportunity arises. Sooner or later settling for field goals will catch up to you and could cost you.
The Steelers defense gave up 321 net passing yards and that has to be a concern when you consider most of the damage came from the Bengals second string quarterback.
Moving forward the Steelers secondary needs to do a much better job.
The truth is that the referees did a very bad job of officiating this ball game . The Steelers are very lucky that this ugly fact did not cost them another major injury. The NFL has to do a better job in the officiating department.