The other bright spot was newly signed kicker, veteran Josh Brown. He accounted for over half of the Bengals points this Sunday, hitting field goals of 25 yards and 33 yards in the first half, followed by a notable 53-yarder in the third quarter. He was signed on Thursday after the Bengals held a miniature tryout to temporarily replace injured Mike Nugent (right calf) this week.
Marvin Jones, A.J. Green, and Andrew Hawkins split most of the receiving work on the field, getting over 40 yards a piece, among some important dropped passes from Dalton.
Chris Crocker nearly intercepted Romo’s pass that was blindly thrown away. Terrence Newman also dropped an interception in the third quarter.
In other words, the kinds of plays that Cincinnati fans will argue should have been made. The kinds of plays that would have altered the game’s winner.
The Steelers loss gives the Bengals hope, as they still control their own destiny with a game against them in Week 16. However, Cincinnati will need to play without the mistakes that plagued them today, as opportunities don’t happen every play.