We must have entered the final layer of the twilight zone.
The city of Cincinnati received an early Christmas present on Monday night as the Bengals took down the might Steelers for the first time since 2015. It was just their ninth win over their AFC North foe since Marvin Lewis was hired back in 2003, and it’s the first time Zac Taylor has beaten them.
For the first time since the first of November, let’s do winners and losers following a Bengals WIN.
Vonn Bell: You already know where this link will take you.
Mackensie Alexander: The Bengals’ slot cornerback was all of us after that interception when he HIGH STEP OUT OF BOUNDS AT MIDFIELD. He followed his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the following drive with a pass breakup on the very next play. Very solid game.
Giovani Bernard: The last time the Bengals beat the Steelers at home, it was a Monday night and a rookie Bernard scored twice; once on the ground, once through the air. The now veteran running back carried the load on the ground and added two total touchdowns and 97 total yards to his 2020 season.
Carl Lawson: You think pressures matter now? The impending free agent edge defender had six hits on Ben Roethlisberger to go with a tackle for loss and strip sack late in the first half. He had a crucial third down pressure early in the third quarter and brought the heat again on the Steeler’s final play of the game. The man has earned a bag.
William Jackson III: Don’t hate on him for his soft pass interference flag and dropped interception, instead, appreciate his airlock coverage on back-to-back plays on the second drive of the game and overall solid coverage throughout the game. Jackson played his tail off.
Ryan Finley: He may’ve done more damage with his legs, but no one expected him to keep the Bengals in this game, let alone win the game. Finley simply outplayed Roethlisberger and did enough to win his first career game that he started.
The entire coaching staff: This very well may save Zac Taylor’s job, and the jobs of most of his staff, and the deserve all the credit in the world for straight up dominating a Steelers team that has already clinched a playoff spot.
Drew Sample: From getting abused by T.J. Watt against the run to being ineffective in the passing game, it was not a great game for Sample.
The haters and losers who said this couldn’t be done: Which I guess is all of us. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯