Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
No, it really wasn't. The officiating was terrible, and that was one of the worst examples.
Steel, you're being intellectually dishonest if you think that there's not a world of difference between Kitna and Palmer. The Bengals lost because Palmer went down, not because of their defense. If Palmer stayed in the game then the Bengals would have easily scored more than 31 points. The entire complexion of the game would have changed, the Bengals wouldn't have come out so flat in the second half (which was apparently caused by some sort of halftime incident in the locker room that probably wouldn't have happened if Palmer was still healthy), and Ben would have had to throw more than 19 times or whatever it was. And when the Steelers have to pass they lose. I'm sure they'll have to put the ball in the air 35+ times this weekend and we'll all get to see what an elite quarterback Ben Roethlisberger really is.
I guarantee the Colts are thrilled to be playing the Steelers as opposed to a Carson Palmer led Bengals team.
Come Sunday none of this is really going to matter anymore. Go Colts!
I agree with you that the Colts should have no problem with the Steelers. They'd have no problem with the "latter season" Bengals either.
To say the Bengals lost solely
because Palmer went down is somehow being blind to the fact of how this Bengals team played (very poorly) on both sides of the ball
over these last several weeks. They mentioned it on Fox Sports before the game, and showed the stats - over the last 7 games, the Bengals defense was one of the worst in the NFL. They averaged giving up 31 pts/game, 120 yds rushing, 240 yds passing. That's just what the Steelers scored too. You aren't going far in the post-season with a performance like that - PERIOD! And IMO, Manning and offene would have feasted on the Bengal's secondary because this secondary was not playing like it had earlier in the season.
Yes - it's possible that with palmer in there they would have made it a closer game, and maybe won. But I still gave the edge to the Steelers based on this "slide" by the Bengals and the Steeler's playoff experience.
And the Bengals will be back. So will Palmer. And Lewis knows they have some huge deficiencies/holes to fill on defense.