As kickoff is growing near, it is time to take a look at some keynotes prior to the divisional match up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers are standing at a 5-8 record where their playoff hopes are very little, but head coach Mike Tomlin reminds the media, they will not give up. The Bengals are 9-4 and sitting nicely on top of what use to be a strong AFC North.
The Steelers suffered a 20-10 loss in Week 2 against the Bengals. Since then, both teams have traveled a long way to get where they are today. For the Steelers, injuries have directed their season and through it all, they continue to stay focused. However, a 0-4 start was too much to overcome. The Bengals have had an up and down season but are starting to get hot at the right time.
When coach Tomlin was asked if he thinks Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s 16 interceptions were caused by him forcing the ball, Tomlin said:
“Not at all,” said Tomlin. “If you play quarterback long enough in this league you’re going to throw interceptions. Dalton hasn’t been careless with the football by any stretch, not only this year but also throughout his NFL career and during his time at TCU. That’s been one of the positive attributes of Andy.”
Center Cody Wallace will be making his second start of the season on Sunday night. Wallace had two fines over the course of the week but stood the call of duty.
“I was really pleased with his performance, not only in terms of his detail but also his demeanor,” said Tomlin. “It’s obvious he’s not a first-time guy even though it’s the first time for us. Hopefully, he continues to be an arrow-pointed-up guy as we push into today’s action.”
A win for the Bengals will get them one step closer to winning the AFC North, while the Steelers will look to give them a hard time. Both teams have some dangerous offenses and will cause havoc for opposing defenses. Expect a good rivalry game to go on in Pittsburgh.