How big was Monday night’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers?
Monday’s win over Pittsburgh was huge, but even bigger was that it was on a national stage. Not everyone watched “Hard Knocks” or saw Week 1 vs the Chicago Bears. For most, last night was the first look at the 2013 Cincinnati Bengals. A division win at home is always a good bounce back from a Week 1 loss and after a shaky first half, it was nice to see Dalton settle down, show poise, and really manage the Bengals offense against a solid Steelers defense.
Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) high steps into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Also, it was nice to see the rookies step up and play well between Tyler Eifert, and especially Giovanni Bernard. Unsung hero award goes to Reggie Nelson, who picked Big Ben and helped ice the game, much like last year at Pittsburgh. How big was this win?
This win could easily propel the Bengals to a fast start against Green Bay this Sunday and might help secure a win in Week 3.
How big was Monday night’s win? It was a very big win. Although it was not pretty, it was a big statement game. The Steelers had bullied the Bengals for years and years. In fact, the last twelve games at Paul Brown Stadium, the Steelers had won eleven of them.
Not only that, the Bengals struggled in prime time to win games. The offense looked a little shaky at first, but we saw Dalton come back and play strong, showing how short of a memory he has. It wasn’t easy, but nothing is against this Pittsburgh defense that has arguably the best coordinator in the game.
It was a huge win and will help the Bengals move forward.