The Pittsburgh Steelers December plunge looks like a collapse.
Steelers lose three games in a row – hit 27-17 in the last place Cincinnati Bengals Monday night – after removing 11 consecutive wins to start the season. They were unable to launch an attack early and opportunistic Bengal took advantage of their mistakes.
The Steelers (11-3), who had secured a playoff harbor, were able to finish the AFC North with a win, but instead flipped the ball three times and Cincinnati built a 17-0 half-time lead. I was able to.
“There’s a lot to do,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. “We are not a good football team right now.”
Three weeks ago, the Steelers were aiming to be the overall top seed in the AFC, but now they have the potential to become wildcards. Pittsburgh still has a tough match between Indianapolis (10-4) and division rival Cleveland (10-4).
Pittsburgh scored an average of 29.8 points in the first 10 games, and Ben Roethlisberger looked like an MVP candidate after returning from an elbow injury that cost most of 2019. However, the Steelers struggled to beat the Baltimore Ravens team, which was decimated at COVID-19 on December 2, 19-14, and have not exceeded 20 points in the game ever since.
“High frustration,” said Roethlisberger, who passed 19 yards in the first half and was picked up by Mackenzie Alexander and set up a touchdown. He finished 38-20 at 170 yards.
Cincinnati (3-10-1) lost 11 consecutive losses to Pittsburgh in a quarterback by Ryan Finley. The second-year player, who started in place of the injured No. 1 draft topic Joe Burrow, completed seven passes at 89 yards, but His touchdown was performed at the beginning of the fourth quarter Everything except sealing it for the Bengali.
With Barrow defeating the Tennessee Titans 31-20 on November 1, the injured Bengals lost five games in a row, averaging 10 points per game and rarely showing their competitive edge.
“I gave everyone a game ball today,” said 5-24-1 coach Zack Taylor in two seasons. “Everyone deserves to cherish tonight. We needed a big divisional victory over the struggling team. It was fun to see the players celebrating and having fun.”
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