It’s hard not to wake up this morning with a big smile on our faces because this game went about as perfectly as fans could have hoped. The offense played well, the defense looked like a top-10 unit, and most importantly, the offensive line held their own and kept Joe Burrow upright.
Let’s dive in deeper and discuss what we learned in the Bengals’ 24-10 victory against a Steelers organization that has had Cincy’s number.
Offensive Line can play well
Prior to this game, the Bengals o-line had surrendered nine sacks on Joe Burrow and fans were horrified about what this Steelers defense could do to them this weekend. It’s worth noting that T.J. Watt wasn’t active for this game but even still, the Steelers D-line has always been a force to be reckoned with.
On Sunday, however, the Steelers’ streak of consecutive sacks came to an end, as they failed to get home to Burrow. This was a huge deal for Cincinnati because it was proof that this offensive line could be a solid unit and keep Burrow clean.
Jackson Carman made his first NFL start at right guard and looked good. He’ll likely continue to get the nod there even if Xavier Su’a-Filo is healthy enough to return in the future.
When you have a quarterback like Joe Burrow, the most important thing is to protect him and the Bengals proved today that they can do just that.