3 things we learned from Steelers season-saving win versus the Cincinnati Bengals

  • Offense finally looked legitimate
  • Defense looked reminiscent of their old school dominating defenses
  • Steelers turned a corner on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals

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Steelers defense looked reminiscent of the dominating defenses we have been accustomed to seeing

I don't know about you, but for the entire 2023 up until the game against the Bengals, the Steelers were playing that 'bend, don't break' style of defense that made me wonder when bend would become break. That was not the case against the Bengals.

When was the last time we held a team under two hundred and fifty yards of offense? Without doing a whole bunch of research, I will just say that I can't remember the last time that happened, but it did happen against the Bengals.

The defense held the Bengals' offense to two hundred and twenty-two yards. What was really impressive to me was the fact that we held the Bengals to twenty-five yards rushing. Again, when was the last time the Steelers' defense held an opponent to twenty-five yards on the ground? I can't remember.

Stopping the run to make an opponent one-dimensional is what the Steelers' defense used to do on a regular basis. It was refreshing to see that transpire today. What was also refreshing to see is that we were able to hold the Bengals' offense to under two hundred yards passing.

Another thing that was refreshing to see was that we were able to generate an INT courtesy of Trenton Thompson and were able to get to the Bengals QB four times courtesy of T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward, and Nick Herbig.

Let's see what else we learned.