The Cincinnati Bengals were finally able to exercise their demons against the Pittsburgh Steelers and get a rare home win over Big Ben, who lost just his third game in state of Ohio since coming to the NFL in 2004.
While no one will mistake the Steelers team for one of their two championship teams over the past seven years, any win over them and getting off to a 1-0 start in the AFC North is big.
It was also the second-straight win over Pittsburgh after last year’s epic road win knocked them out of the playoffs, and with them sitting at 0-2 now, the Bengals may very well have killed their playoff hopes once again.
And to think Andy Dalton and the offense could perform so horribly for most of the game, yet the Bengals still ultimately win by double-digits is an impressive feat, and only reinforces the belief that Cincinnati’s defense is still among the NFL’s elite.
Make no mistake about it: This Bengals team is still fairly young and still learning how to win big games, and last night was another small step towards their ultimate goal: Holding the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.