The Steelers played another somewhat exciting game against Miami but in the end did not play well enough on offense or defense to win the game against an average team to say the least.
Ben Roethlisberger was 23 of 39 for 349 yards and 3 touchdowns. But the ground game continued to struggle as Le’Veon Bell had only 61 yards on 15 carries. Antonio Brown continues to lead the league in receptions with 5 catches for 137 yards, giving him 90 catches for the season for 1240 yards. Jericho Cotchery continued his impressive play with 5 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Ryan Tannehill was more impressive running the ball than passing but he was able to lead his team to victory. He was 20 of 33 for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Daniel Thornton had 105 yards on 16 carries and Charles Clay had 7 catches for 97 yards.
Even though the Steelers have to win out in order to break even this season, they most likely will lose to the Bengals before beating the Packers and Browns.
The Bengals have looked very impressive in their last two games especially beating the Indianapolis Colts 42-28 as young quarterback Andy Dalton is looking more and more impressive as a prime time player. He was 24 of 35 for 275 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Colts last week. He has a lot of weapons, with A. J. Green, 6 catches for 72 yards being his number one target. He has 78 catches for 1175 yards for the season. But what has really made this team so explosive is their two-headed monster running game.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 662 yards on 193 carries, and Giovani Bernard has 620 on 131 carries. He is also the teams’ second leading receiver with 47 catches for 403 yards.
The defense has always been solid and has developed into one of the best in the league. But all this said, they have been very inconsistent on the road at 3-4, which they will be when they face the Steelers at Heinz Field. They are 6-0 at home.