Cincinnati Bengals: 3 Things Learned From Week 6 Loss to Pittsburgh
The Cincinnati Bengals fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-21. The Bengals are now 4-2 on the year. Cincinnati scored to go ahead with 1:18 left. However, a sketchy defensive holding call on third and ten gave way to the go-ahead Steelers touchdown.
For Pittsburgh, James Conner rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bengals go on the road next Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.
THREE THINGS LEARNED FROM WEEK SIX LOSS
By the end of this game, the Cincinnati Bengals defense looked nothing like it did when it started. Linebacker Nick Vigil left the game with a knee injury. Nickel corner Darqueze Dennard exited with a shoulder injury. Safety Shawn Williams left with a concussion.
Tony McRae and rookie Darius Phillips were playing significant snaps in the second half. Of course, that is far from ideal. The long-term prognosis will be critical going forward. If any of those players are out for any length of time, Cincinnati is in trouble.
POOR OFFENSIVE STRATEGY
Bill Lazor is going to look over the film for this game and wonder what the hell was I doing. The Cincinnati Bengals ran the ball only 13 times. Joe Mixon ran the ball 11 times, averaging nearly six a carry. The strategy used by Lazor will be second-guessed for some time.
HAS ANYONE SEEN THE PASS RUSH?
If you allow Ben Roethlisberger that much time to scan the field, you are asking for trouble. The Cincinnati Bengals not only failed to sack Big Ben, but I also am not sure they touched him. When you have Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap, Carl Lawson, and the like, that is unacceptable.
Alex Erickson had two colossal kick returns. One led to the Bengals TD before the half. Erickson averaged 40.7 yards on three returns.
C.J. Uzomah continues to impress as the starting tight end. The other two tight ends, not so much.
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