The Cincinnati Bengals played one of the most consistent and complete games of the Joe Burrow era Sunday against none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals have to turn around and get ready for Urban Meyer, Burrow's former coach at Ohio State, who now leads the winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
The decline and fall of Ben Roethlisberger is finally upon usThe Pittsburgh Steelers hoped the quarterback’s experience and savvy would be enough for one final playoff run. That theory looks seriously misguided Ben Roethlisberger reflects on Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. Photograph: Gene J Puskar/AP
Ben Roethlisberger chose to come back for his 18th season, believing the Pittsburgh Steelers still had the ability to contend for a Super Bowl even without so many of the faces that protected him so capably for so long. The losses too, the latest a baffling 24-10 setback against Cincinnati on Sunday in which the Steelers (1-2) hardly looked like a group close to figuring it out. No wonder coach Mike Tomlin made it a point to spread the blame around in the aftermath.