The good news is that the division isn’t that good this year and the Bengals play on Sunday night didn’t doom them. The Steelers are already out of it, they just had to show the Bengals who big brother was. Things couldn’t have gone much worse in the first half, but the team did come out and play better in the second half. Hopefully Jay Gruden finally realized that involving Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Here is a look at three players that were a positive influence in Sunday’s debacle.
Sep 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) talks with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-10 at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
QB – Andy Dalton
This loss was not on Dalton this time, while he didn’t have a great game he did have a good one. Bottom line he did enough to win and he didn’t turn the ball over. He was only sacked once, but he didn’t have much time to throw on several occasions and the receivers just weren’t creating separation. Once again, positive numbers in the run game equal positive outcomes on offense.