Originally Posted by SteelSD
Nor, IMHO, should you be impressed. Pitt has been playing awful football lately. Offensively, they have one WR, can't figure out who to play at RB, and a QB with a bum hand hand and the Steelers still grabbed 474 meaningful yards today (i.e. no blowout "garbage-time" yards). Their Offensive Tackles are awful and the Bengals' long kickoff return (which was nothing but the return guy running to the sideline and down the field) was NOT a surprise considering that Pitt can't cover kicks for anything. Defensively, they haven't met a drive they really want to stop or a third down distance they can't allow the opponent to get. The very idea that Pitt could get themselves into a position to drive for a tie was almost inconceivable. If the aforementioned Pitt O-Tackles hadn't single-handedly imploded that last drive, I have little doubt that we'd have seen overtime. But even THAT was predictable because you can always count on the Steelers to shoot themselves right in the foot at the most inopportune of times (they're not a good fundamental team).
The Bengals did some things really well today. But they did other things poorly enough that it should make anyone worry how they'd match up against a good team while said good team is healthy and playing good football. Today, Pittsburgh wasn't and didn't.
The Bengals O-Coordinator goes into weirdo mode when he's playing with a lead. Check last weeks game against Baltimore. I think Palmer got a bit nervous after he almost threw another one to his buddy Troy. Their Offense is best when they are behind. The Bengals D is just plain bad, but they are getting to a point now where the turnovers are no longer a fluke. They trade yards for turnovers. I don't like it, but that's what they do.
Ohalate is my own personal Reggie Taylor/Rich Aurilia/Eric Milton/Bob Boone rolled up into one defensive back. I loathe him.