The Pittsburgh Steelers’ December swoon is wanting extra like a collapse.
The Steelers misplaced their third straight – getting thumped 27-17 by the last-place Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night time – after ripping off 11 straight wins to begin the season. They couldn’t generate any offense early, and the opportunistic Bengals took benefit of their errors.
Assured of a playoff berth, the Steelers (11-3) may have wrapped up the AFC North with a win however as a substitute turned the ball over thrice and allowed Cincinnati to construct a 17-0 halftime lead.
“We’ve acquired plenty of work to do,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin stated. “We’re not a very good soccer workforce proper now.”
Three weeks in the past, the Steelers have been on observe for the highest total seed within the AFC, however now they may find yourself a wild card. Pittsburgh has powerful matchups remaining in opposition to Indianapolis (10-4) and division rival Cleveland (10-4).
Pittsburgh averaged 29.8 factors throughout its first 10 video games and Ben Roethlisberger, again from an elbow damage that price him most of 2019, seemed like an MVP candidate. However the Steelers struggled to an uninspired 19-14 win over a COVID-19-decimated Baltimore Ravens workforce on Dec. 2 and haven’t topped 20 factors in a recreation since.
“Excessive frustration,” stated Roethlisberger, who had 19 passing yards within the first half and was picked off by Mackensie Alexander, organising a landing. He completed 20 for 38 for 170 yards.
Cincinnati (3-10-1) snapped a streak of 11 straight losses to Pittsburgh in very unlikely trend, with Ryan Finley at quarterback. The second-year participant, beginning instead of injured No. 1 total draft choose Joe Burrow, accomplished seven passes for 89 yards, however his landing run early within the fourth quarter all however sealed it for the Bengals.
The injury-plagued Bengals had misplaced 5 straight, averaging 10 factors per recreation and infrequently wanting aggressive, since Burrow led them to a 31-20 victory over the Tennessee Titans on 1 November.
“We gave everyone a recreation ball right now,” stated coach Zac Taylor, now 5-24-1 in his two seasons. “Everybody deserves to cherish this night time. We wanted a giant divisional win in opposition to a workforce we’ve struggled in opposition to. It was enjoyable to see the gamers have a good time and have enjoyable.”