Previously a league-best, unbeaten 11-0, the Steelers have actually lost their last 3 video games, consisting of on Monday, decreasing 27-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals and its third- string quarterback Ryan Finley.
Having had fun with an offense that has actually looked inefficient in their previous 2 beats, it was more of the exact same in the very first half for Pittsburgh, as they turned the ball over 3 times to permit the formerly two-win Bengals to race to a 17-0 half-time lead.
Indeed, stress in between the 2 department competitors were increase in the pre-game warm-ups. Videos of pass receiver Juju Smith-Schuster dancing on the Bengals logo design prior to the game appeared to fire up the Cincinnati defence. And, in the very first quarter, security Vonn Bell produced a heavy hit to require a fumble from Smith-Schuster and recover belongings.
Although the Pittsburgh offense carried out much better in the 2nd half, they could not reverse their very first half deficit, causing their third defeat in a row.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confessed his group are “not a good football group right now.”
“We’re not a good football group right now. We understand the consequences that come with that. We are working on a short week. We have to be better than what we’ve been. That’s just the reality of it.”
In a competitive department, along with the 10-4 Cleveland Browns– who the Steelers use January 3– and the 9-5 Baltimore Ravens, the last playoff seedings seem heading to the wire, with simply 2 weeks of video games staying.