You gotta love when one play completely encapsulates an entire win. Vonn Bell provided that on Monday night for the Bengals.
When Bell laid the wood on Steelers’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, it was more than just a play on the ball, and it was more than a game-changing play. It was a promise kept.
When asked last week about Smith-Schuster’s pregame dancing on opposing team’s midfield logos, Bell gave a simple answer. When asked about the hit that came just a few days later, Bell kept it short, sweet, and to the point once more.
“I seen 19,” Bell said with a smirk. “I’m not a boastful guy, man. I just go out there and let my play do the talking. It just happened that it comes to that. I’m just playing football, man. Just going out there and trying to make a play.”
Make a play he did. Momentum isn’t quantifiable and no one can actually prove it exists. All people have to do is believe that it exists. Linebacker Josh Bynes certainly believes in it.
“Oh, man, it just gave us so much momentum, so much energy,” Bynes said. “The energy, what we had, it was just so powerful and energetic.”
This may not be the last time Zac Taylor coaches against the Steelers as the Bengals’ head coach, and it certainly won’t be Bell’s last time playing against them as a Bengal. As for Smith-Schuster, the 24-year old is a free agent this offseason and it doesn’t seem like the Steelers will want to overpay for his services.
If this was the last time Smith-Schuster partakes in the historical matchup, his legacy has been set in stone. But even stone isn’t as hard as the hit Bell made.