Andy Dalton

Andy Dalton, A.J. Green Excelling With Deep Passing Game

Over the course of the first four games of the 2016 regular season, almost nobody has been better at throwing the deep ball than has Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. I saw almost nobody because exactly one person has been better, and that is Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who has…


A.J. Green Goes Off Once Again Against Miami

When it comes to certain positions, the AFC North is certainly gifted. The division contains two of the great left tackles in the game, to be certain, with a third possibly developing in Baltimore. But even the greatness of that position is overshadowed by the exceptional pair of All-Pro wide…





Steelers Vs. Bengals: Beyond The Box Score – Week 2

The timely plays and sequences you won’t find in the box score that led to the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers decision to go for it on 4th and 5 with 6:30 left in the first quarter resulted in Ben Roethlisberger throwing his first…



Tomlin: Bengals ‘Moved The Ball Well’ On First Two Downs

During his weekly post-game press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talked about how “there’s no such thing as an ugly win”, but that there are ugly aspects. The Steelers’ defense was very solid on third down and in the red zone, as he noted, but he also echoed…


Artie Burns Gets Extended Look In First AFC North Game Of 2016

Prior to the start of Sunday’s game, I posed the question of whether or not we would see the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense make greater use of their six-defensive-back sub-package, the dime defense that they call a ‘quarter’, which features three cornerbacks and three safeties. The team used this defensive look…


David Todd: Quick Thoughts On Week 2: Steelers Versus Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the home portion of their 2016 schedule at a rain-soaked Heinz Field Sunday with a 24-16 win of the Cincinnati Bengals. Weather conditions were a big factor as both quarterbacks struggled to deliver the football accurately and each team’s star receiver was basically a non-factor. The…


Steelers Defense Controls Third-Down Situations Against Bengals

During the Pittsburgh Steelers’ season-opening victory over Washington, the defense was able to make a stop on seven of 10 third-down conversion opportunities, allowing the offense an efficiency rating of just 30 percent. On Sunday, against the Bengals, the defense did even better, allow just one in four third-down attempts…


Red Zone Defense Key To Steelers Hot Start

On the surface, opposing offenses may look like they’re moving the ball at will. The Steelers have allowed Washington and Cincinnati to go over 375 yards of total offense. But as Mark Twain said, stats can be deceiving, and like Twain also said, the Steelers red zone defense is really…


Film Room: Keith Butler Brings The Thunder

You have to tip your hat to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense. Facing two tough-on-paper offenses to start the season, with an underwhelming pass rush, they’given up a pair of 16 point performances. That meets Keith Butler’s goal of holding teams under 17. Butler has to be credited with calling two…



Gut Reactions: Steelers Vs. Bengals

7 gut reactions from the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 2 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. 1 – If the season ended today, the Steelers team MVP would most likely be running back DeAngelo Williams. One could make the case that after two weeks, he would be in the conversation for league…