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Steelers Dominate the Second Half; Bury Bengals 29-14 to Move to 5-2

1. Defensive Shutdown

The Steelers defense had a rather up and down first half on Sunday as the Bengals scored twice in tying the game 14 all at one point. Then, the teams went in the locker room, and the black and gold defense looked like the Steel Curtain of the 1970’s.

They held Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense to just about nothing in the second half, with their only march into Steelers territory being on a punt return. What happened after that was impressive – a couple sacks and a quick three-and-out by the Steelers D put the Bengals right back into their own side of the field.

It was amazing to see how easily they were able to hold down the Bengals, a team with A.J. Green, Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill, three playmakers that the cats hoped would lead them to the promise land.

Instead, it was the black and gold was as good as they have been at any point in 2017, and here’s to seeing if they can keep it up next week in Detroit.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dave B.

    October 23, 2017 at 7:11 am

    A great team win over another division rival . Both sides , offense and defense played well . One observation . The offense needs to become more balanced and Martavis Bryant needs used more to stretch defenses . LeVeon Bell being ran on almost every offensive play is getting old . In addition , at the current pace Bell’s gas tank is going to be empty come playoff time if this pace contiues . More balance is needed .

  2. Jay

    October 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Agreed!

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