Game Rewind: Steelers Vs Bengals Notes

Game notes from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 23-20 comeback win over the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night.

First Half

– Kick return uni. Front five. Moats-Watt-Matakevich-Chickillo-Fort. Golden behind. Conner/Walton/Nix part of the “wedge.” Fitz/Bryant the returners.

Jerald Hawkins route alert.

– Punt coverage. Watt-Fort-Canaday-Matakevich-Chick. Nix/Davis the wings, Golden the upback. Hilton/DHB gunners.

– Linebackers get suckered in by playaction. Can’t get depth to defend throw over the middle.

Coty Sensabaugh was pretty bad in coverage but against the run, I liked what I saw. Good run fits. For whatever that’s worth.

– Punt return. Golden-Nix-Chick-Fort-Matakevich-Fitz-Wilcox. Burns as a jammer to one side, DHB/Brian Allen the other two. Eli Rogers on punt returners.

– Sluggo seam miscommunication. Roethilsberger threw it inside, AB cut outside.

– Screen…not sure what Vince Williams is looking at here. Definitely not the ball.

– Too bunched up in zone. Gotta space it out and stay at home. Easy completion on 3rd and 7.

Nice idea on the slot fade out of bunch. Draws a flag, gets three points before the half.

Second Half

– Kick coverage. Sensabaugh-Allen-Nix-Fort-Vince Williams-Boswell-Matakevich-Chick-Fitz-DHB-Hilton

After Matakevich went down, James Conner replaced him at L1. First time he’s been there all year.

– Can’t leave Vontaze Burfict unblocked…

– Impressive combo block by Xavier Grimble, who has shown steady improvement in that area.

– Bad rep from Ramon Foster. Not square. Ben gets hammered.

– Bad communication. Gets L.J. Fort on A.J. Green down the seam. Vince Williams bails them out with a sack.

Cam Heyward sniffed out RB screen that led to Bud Dupree’s sack. Heady play in a critical moment.

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Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Mark

    Foster’s lateral movement has been suffering lately and along with Vinny the left side isn’t performing as well. I wonder why they don’t use Finney to spell Foster. We actually run the ball much better with Finney in the game.

  • capehouse

    Alex, on the Bengals deep TD to Green that wasn’t because it was called back for a ticky tack hold on Watt, was Golden at fault? Looks like cover 1(just guessing) and the 2 outside WRs run slants or posts and Golden comes up and picks 1 of them and winds up covering the wrong WR. I know some were bashing Sutton for giving up the TD, but it looked like Sutton was expecting help over the top and was protecting the sideline. I thought Sutton, outside of 1 completion allowed on the sideline, looked FANTASTIC. No way Sensabaugh sees the field again on defense outside of another injury happeneing.

  • Alex Kozora

    That’s a really good question. I think the easy answer is to say yes it was but I wonder how the Steelers wanted to defend the Bengals over route, which is a popular concept they run. It’s really stressful for the corner, man or zone, to try and defend it. Hard for me to know.

  • Steve

    Ben threw the ball 50 yards on the fly – nice chunk of the ball.

  • Steve

    The older you get, the legs don’t work as well as they used to. Arther Itius starts acting up.