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Cincinnati Bengals: Studs and Duds from 27-3 loss at Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes in the second half against Sam Hubbard #94 and Nick Vigil #59 of the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: James Conner #30 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rushes in the second half against Sam Hubbard #94 and Nick Vigil #59 of the Cincinnati Bengals on September 30, 2019 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to stop the oncoming rush of Dan McCullers-Sanders #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 30: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals attempts to stop the oncoming rush of Dan McCullers-Sanders #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter during the game at Heinz Field on September 30, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

There are a lot of reasons a team might only have 3 points on the board after 60 minutes of football. The Cincinnati Bengals, who have managed to put the ball in the air and find the end zone did not on Monday night. And while quarterback Andy Dalton was rather pedestrian, his offensive line was bad.

It’s hard to know where Taylor goes next. The O-line won’t get better overnight, but allowing eight sacks to a defense that has already given up 33, 28, and 24 points, is a bad omen. The Steelers aren’t a defensive juggernaut. However, in Week 4, they looked like it.

Bobby Hart was a disaster, as was Andre Smith. All that said, it’s a long way to go before there is a fix that keeps either Dalton or any other potential Bengals quarterback upright. While running back Joe Mixon is starting to be something of a factor, he’s not going to carry this team as he and many others may have thought.

At some point, Taylor has to evolve the offensive game plan to compensate, at least on some level, for a line that isn’t protecting. In a league that is offensively centric, with quarterbacks throwing more than ever, the Bengals are stuck in the mud. Which ironically is how this offensive line played in Week 4.

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