The Bengals took another step on Sunday with a tough, Bryan Little Jerseyimportant 16-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers that moves them to 7-0 and gives them a three-and-a-half game lead in the AFC North. Maybe this season won't result in the elusive playoff win for Marvin Lewis, because a lot of things can change in the next two months. But to dismiss the Bengals over what has happened in previous postseasons seems to be a mistake.
Nobody would have blamed the Bengals for losing at the Steelers. The Bengals were 6-0 and could afford a loss. The Steelers had quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back (but, lost Le'Veon Bell in the first half). And when Andy Dalton threw a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, including a bad one in the end zone, the Bengals had plenty of reason to call it a day and start thinking about Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns.
Safety Shawn Williams made an incredible diving interception near the sideline in the fourth quarter to get the comeback going. Roethlisberger bought time and seemed to have a receiver open but Williams made a fantastic catch. Dalton cashed that in for a go-ahead touchdown. Then Bengals safety Reggie Nelson picked off Roethlisberger on the Steelers' next offensive play. That led to a field goal.
The Bengals then had to hold on when the Steelers drove deep inside their territory at the end. AntonioBrock Nelson Jersey Brown made a catch but landed out of the back of the end zone on the last play of the game to secure the Bengals' victory.
Roethlisberger was not great on Sunday, going 28-of-45 for 262 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. The Bengals had a lot to do with him not looking sharp.
The Bengals get the Cleveland Browns next, and the few games after that on their schedule are fairly manageable. They get the Houston Texans at home,http://www.officialislandersstore.com/Womens_Youth_Brock_Nelson_Jersey a challenging one at the Arizona Cardinals, then the St. Louis Rams at home and at the Browns. They could easily be 11-1 for the rematch against the Steelers.
The Steelers were in a tough spot after losing Bell, and it's not shocking that Roethlisberger didn't look himself on Sunday. But at some point, it's probably best to admit that the Bengals are really, really good this season.