With a chance to tie the game, Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd lost a fumble that gave the Steelers the win. But should the call on the field have stood? Dean Blandino explains.
If you’re head coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, you’d take Sunday’s stat sheet in any game against the Steelers. Hold Antonio Brown to four catches for 39 yards, a four-year low working with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Hold DeAngelo Williams to less than three yards per on 32 lugs. Hold Roethlisberger to a 78.5 passer rating with two interceptions.
Now it's almost a guarantee it'll occur in an odd or gut-wrenching fashion. For the second consecutive game, a last-minute fumble ended the Bengals' chances of defeating their bitter rival. The Bengals lost 24-16 after Tyler Boyd fumbled a catch with less than a minute remaining in the game.
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of the 2016 regular season.
It’s a disappointing end to a football game. We didn’t play well enough, early enough and long enough. We really got behind today in field position, making some long fields for the offense and put the defense in some short fields. I thought we did a good job of handling the football game but not enough to get the key stops on third downs to win the football game, pand conversely on offense. Those things played a huge part in the football game, so we have to be better.
Maybe Tyler Boyd fumbled, and maybe he didn’t. Maybe C.J. Uzomah made that catch in the back of the end zone and maybe, as Andrew Whitworth suggested, the Steelers offensive linemen held every available Bengals body part like drowning men seeking a life raft.
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There were helmet tosses by the always-fiery Steve Smith Sr. and the normally-reserved C.J. Mosley. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees called his players together for a calm but pointed sideline lecture. Quarterback Joe Flacco gave his typical response to in-game adversity: a shrug of his shoulders. He did admit to pondering the number of Ravens’ fans who were cursing him back home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 24-16 home win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Heinz Field. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 259 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 19-of-37 passing in what were wet, rainy conditions in the Steel City. DeAngelo Williams stepped up to run for 94 yards on 32 carries.
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Washington has fallen to 0-2, losing two games at home and sparking the first wave of grumbling among players. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, multiple offensive players have begun to complain about quarterback Kirk Cousins, pointing to a lack of decisiveness, erratic play, and confusion.
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Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season is coming to a close, and Bleacher Report NFL analyst Matt Miller is amped up. What's on Miller's mind heading into the final few games of the week? Watch the video above to see Miller's thoughts on the second Sunday of the season in 60 seconds or less.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson injured his knee during the third quarter of a Week 2 battle against the Green Bay Packers and did not return. It is unclear when he'll return to the field.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the ongoing protests by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players Sunday. Ben Goessling of ESPN.com noted Goodell hasn't reached out to Kaepernick, but he "praised the shift of players' activism from 'protests to progress.'"