Formerly a league-very best, undefeated 11-, the Steelers have dropped their previous a few games, like on Monday, heading down 27-17 to the Cincinnati Bengals and its third-string quarterback Ryan Finley.
Acquiring played with an offense that has seemed dysfunctional in their earlier two defeats, it was much more of the identical in the very first 50 percent for Pittsburgh, as they turned the ball in excess of 3 occasions to permit the beforehand two-get Bengals to race to a 17- 50 percent-time guide.
Indeed, tensions involving the two division rivals had been ramped up in the pre-activity warm-ups. Films of broad receiver Juju Smith-Schuster dancing on the Bengals logo prior to the sport appeared to hearth up the Cincinnati defence. And, in the initial quarter, security Vonn Bell manufactured a major strike to force a fumble from Smith-Schuster and reclaim possession.
Even though the Pittsburgh offense carried out superior in the next 50 %, they could not overturn their to start with half deficit, inflicting their third defeat in a row.
Steelers head mentor Mike Tomlin admitted his team are “not a excellent football group appropriate now.”
“We’re not a excellent football group right now. We understand the penalties that occur with that. We are working on a small 7 days. We have to be far better than what we have been. That is just the actuality of it.”
In a competitive division, together with the 10-4 Cleveland Browns — who the Steelers participate in on January 3 — and the 9-5 Baltimore Ravens, the final playoff seedings look to be heading to the wire, with just two months of game titles remaining.