What we know after the Bengals’ win over the Steelers
Todd Haley gonna Todd Haley. — Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 17, 2013
The only thing less popular than Todd Haley among Steelers fans is exercising — Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) September 17, 2013
I feel confident that most of you could call plays better than Todd Haley did on that series. — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 17, 2013
It is like Todd Haley wants to be down three touchdowns #Steelers — Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) September 17, 2013Mike Zimmer knows how to coach a defense Let’s be honest: The Bengals defense was given a gift when a controversial tripping penalty wiped out a 33-yard gain on third down. The flag forced Roethlisberger third-and-long and was sacked on the play by Geno Atkins. But while we’re being honest . . . that was how most drives went for Big Ben. It won’t show up on the stat sheet, but Roethlisberger was punished all night. Pacman Jones forced a fumble on a 34-yard pass to David Paulson; the play was ruled a completion and the runner’s knee down before the ball came out, but Bengals coach Marvin Lewis challenged the call and the call was overturned. Cincinnati capitalized on the takeaway with a five-play, 87-yard touchdown drive. Pittsburgh running back Isaac Redman left the game after the opening kickoff, was evaluated for a concussion and later returned, but the Bengals held the Steelers’ running game in check all night —something the Bengals’ social media producer noticed in a hurry:
It's becoming readily apparent that the Steelers have no chance to run the ball tonight. #PITvsCIN — Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 17, 2013Who got the best of the Ike Taylor-A.J. Green matchup? This one was relentless all night. Following Green’s nine-catch, 162-yard performance against the Bears in Week 1, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau tasked his 11-year veteran with trying to contain the receiver. Taylor was very active, and effective, all night as Green was targeted a game-high 14 times but caught only six balls for 41 yards and no scores. It didn’t help that Dalton was a bit inconsistent, missing long and high on several throws. While Green was tied up for a majority of the night, Dalton hooked up with his duo of tight ends Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert for a combined nine completions and 132 yards. The punters earned every dime of their paychecks What else would you expect from an AFC North battle? It was a defensive struggle all night. Steelers punter Zoltan Mesko and Bengals punter Kevin Huber battled it out all night, combining for 14 punts.