Despite Loss, Bengals Showed Fight Against Steelers

Ochocinco laughing at T.O.’s TD celebration

Bengals-Steelers Observations:

  • For the first time all year, the Bengals showed some solid defense and fight.
  • Chad Ochocinco is finally outwardly showing his frustration with his inability to get into the offense.  He was shown arguing with Carson Palmer and Marvin Lewis. “Robin” did make a clutch fourth quarter catch, but spent the majority of the game as a non-factor. At one point, LT Andrew Whitworth had to separate Ocho from Palmer and send him to the sideline.  Its about time some leaders on this team stood up and tried to stop the insanity.
  • Mike Nugent’s two missed field goals were ultimately the difference in the game.  Nugent had been solid all year, but his two misses loomed large.  Even if he had made at least one, the team could have gone for the field goal on that final fourth and five to tie.
  • I argued this week that the Bengals lacked heart.  They did again for three quarters tonight, but for one quarter they showed championship mettle.  It was just too little, too late.
  • Terrell Owens has become Carson Palmer’s most reliable target, and has proven—again—that he is still a premiere receiver in this league.
  • Cedric Benson looked nasty and aggressive running the ball.  He was the only Bengal during the beginning of the game to match the intensity of the Steelers.
  • The Bengals offensive line was overmatched by the Steeler rush, but held up when it counted. Andre Smith was abused a few times.
  • Penalties again set the Bengals offense back, but this year they were largely able to overcome it.
  • As a familiar theme, however, the final series started out with a holding penalty that set the team back and forced them into a long yardage situation which ultimately led to the defeat.

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