This isn’t to say Ryan Finley has shown flashes. In fact, a good argument can be made the jury is pretty much back on the rookie from North Carolina State. But having already faced the best in the division with Baltimore, and playing a close one the road at 6-4 Oakland, something feels different this week.
Don’t look for Finley to wrestle the starting quarterback job long-term by having a productive day in Week 12. But do look for progress to be made and show in a big way. With the Cincinnati Bengals back at home against a division rival, maybe they finally find something to hang their collective hat on.
Finley won’t need to win a shootout. He also won’t have to keep pace with his counterpart as he has the last two weeks in Lamar Jackson and Derek Carr. While head to head against Rudolph won’t be a pregame feature anywhere tomorrow, something tells me he doesn’t have to do a whole to outduel the Steelers quarterback.
The Bengals offense finds some traction as Zac Taylor’s offense finally begins to click courtesy of a passing game that yields three touchdowns. Finley won’t have to be great against the Steelers, he’ll just need to have a little bit more than Rudolph.