Troy Polamalu scored as many touchdowns as the Cincinnati Bengals’ entire offense did. So did LaMarr Woodley. Both intercepted Carson Palmer passes and returned them for touchdowns in the Steelers’ 23-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers defense put on a truly dominant performance against the Bengals. They held the Bengals to only 190 net yards total. Of those, only 34 came on the ground.
And as if his “pick 6″ weren’t enough, Troy added another interception in the 4th quarter just for good measures.
Unfortunately, Troy’s first interception also left him limping for the rest of the game. Hopefully, it is just a minor injury, and won’t effect him further.
As effective as the defense was, the offense was equally impotent.
Once again, the Steelers’ offense was unable to score a touchdown. The Steelers have only scored 2 touchdowns in their last 30 offensive possessions.
It has become the norm to see the Steelers get into their opponents’ red-zone, only to have them settle for a field goal.
A good example of this happened in the end of the second quarter. The Steelers had the ball at the Bengals’ 5 yard line. They attempted consecutive pass plays, and both almost resulted in interceptions. Finally, they settled for a field goal.
Same thing happened in the third quarter. The Steelers had the ball on the Bengals’ 19 yard line. They attempted 3 consecutive (unsuccessful) pass plays, and then settled for a field goal.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m very happy with the performance that Shaun Suisham has turned in since replacing Jeff Reed. Suisham has been perfect since joining the Steelers. However, the Steelers seem to be on a collision course with the New England Patriots in the playoffs. They will not be able to beat the Patriots if they can only score field goals.
The Steelers have three games remaining, and two of them are at Heinz Field. Moreover, two of the Steelers’ remaining games are against teams with losing records (the Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Browns). The only game they have remaining against a team with a winning record is next week’s game against the New York Jets.
The Steelers have a very real possibility of finishing the season at 13-3 or 12-4. They could potentially receive a first round bye in the playoffs. However, unless they can find a way to score touchdowns instead of field goals, the Steelers’ playoff run might not be very long.
Fortunately, we have 3 games remaining to fix the problem.
Here we go Steelers, here we go!!!!
Today’s featured item:
What could possibly be better than having your bedroom decked out in black and gold? Get your this Steelers bedroom set that includes bedding and drapes.
Don’t delay. Order now! There’s still time to get your set before the holidays.
(If you enjoyed this article, please consider leaving a comment by clicking on the square at the top right of this article. Also, please subscribe to our blog by pressing the orange button below. You can also follow us on Twitter by clicking the bird doohicky below. Also consider following us on Facebook. Thanks.)