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    hopefully the Steelers players and coaching staff have moved on from this loss better than us posters...

    a big divisional Monday Night match-up looms against the wounded Cincinatti Bengals:


    "Expect the spotlight to be on the future of coach Marvin Lewis with the Cincinnati Bengals playing their first national game on "Monday Night Football." This topic has been somewhat quiet in Cincinnati since the start of the regular season. But with the Bengals' postseason hopes arguably over, the chatter will certainly pick up. How will this impact the locker room? Will the Bengals fight hard, knowing Lewis could be coaching out his final nine games under contract? Or will they pack it in? We will find out how Cincinnati responds, starting next week against Pittsburgh.

    That brings us to our next point: Who's more capable of playing spoiler between Cincinnati (2-5) and the Cleveland Browns (2-5)? Both teams are heading in opposite directions. But the Bengals and Browns both have a chance to share their misery in the second half of the season. The Bengals have the talent to be dangerous, but their execution has been awful during their four-game losing streak. Cleveland plays more efficient with less talent and also could be a tough out. Keep an eye on both division teams."

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    "What they're saying" about the Bengals this monday...

    From Yahoo's Jason Cole....

    The first was on an underthrown pass by Palmer when Owens was running a post route. Owens had gotten behind the defense and the defender had turned his back to the throw, simply chasing Owens. On plays like that, wide receivers are supposed to slow down and either fight for the ball or let the defender run into them for an easy pass interference call.

    Owens did neither. He basically sidestepped the contact.

    On the last play of the drive, Owens not only stopped on a route, allowing Miami?s Sean Smith(notes) to come up with the game-ending interception,

    Owens didn?t even turn to chase Smith after the pick, trying to save the game the way Roddy White(notes) rescued Atlanta earlier this season against San Francisco. Instead, Owens disgustedly turned to walk toward the bench and unbuckle his chinstrap.

    Fine. Whatever. The stopping on the route may or may not be emblematic of the "miscommunication" issues we've seen all year. The failure to put up any fight for the underthrown ball (a Carson Palmer underthrown pass? Nooooo!) is just inexcusable.


    From Peter King's things he didn't like this week....

    Carson Palmer. I don't care what the stats say, he throws too many Rick Ankiel balls. In other words, the football equivalent of a ball ending up on the backstop.

    Sean Leahy, USA Today

    Worst end to promising clutch drive: Bengals QB Carson Palmer threw an INT to Miami's Sean Smith to seal the Dolphins' 22-14 win with 2:43 left. Palmer had driven the Bengals 57 yards to Miami's 22-yard line while trying to mount a game-tying score. "It's embarrassing," said Palmer of his now 2-5 team. "It's depressing. It's every negative word you can think of that we didn't do our job."

    John Thornton, All Pro Blogger

    It's hard for me to pinpoint what is wrong with this team. There is a lack of spirit. I know that losing will do that to you, but this team has veterans that shouldn't let this happen.

    James Walker, ESPN

    It's officially time to write off the Bengals (2-5). Although I didn't like the way Cincinnati played the past few weeks, I wanted to wait and see if the defending AFC North champs could turn things around. Instead, the Bengals played poorly again Sunday and suffered its fourth straight defeat. With the Cleveland Browns (2-5) on a bye, the Bengals are now in last place in the AFC North. The Browns own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    ......Many fans around the country have yet to see Cincinnati play this season, but they haven't missed much. The Bengals are one of the NFL's biggest disappointments.


    Don Banks, SI

    The Bengals went fully to sleep in the second half at home against Miami, and their 22-14 loss to the road-loving Dolphins pretty much seals the deal in Cincinnati this season. The 2-5 Bengals just weren't up to the task of defending their surprise 2009 AFC North championship, and both the tougher first-place schedule and loftier expectations got to Marvin Lewis's underachieving club.

    Believe it or not, Cincinnati hasn't put together back-to-back playoff seasons since 1981-82 in the Forrest Gregg coaching era, and the Bengals have never made the playoffs twice in a row in two full, non-strike seasons.
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    Last 12 games

    Bengals 3-9 (including playoffs)...

    Bucs 7-5, Browns 6-6, Chiefs 6-6, Raiders 5-7, 49ers 5-7, Seahawks 5-7, Rams 4-8, Jaguars 4-8...
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    Last 12 games

    Bengals 3-9 (including playoffs)...

    Bucs 7-5, Browns 6-6, Chiefs 6-6, Raiders 5-7, 49ers 5-7, Seahawks 5-7, Rams 4-8, Jaguars 4-8...
    AHHH!!!!

    This post is like sweet lithium to those of us who are bipolar when it comes to Steeler wins and losses!

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    If the Steelers win and the Ravens lose next weekend, all will be pretty much well in the world again. Don't start to sweat it till the 3/4 pole curving into the home stretch. I want another Super Bowl win. That makes any and all regular season losses fade away in the rearview mirror.

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    hopefully the Steelers players and coaching staff have moved on from this loss better than us posters...
    Spot on. They're the only ones who can learn from this: We have the privilege of instant replay, a virtual god's-eye view and the advantage of not getting physically harmed.

    Arians is still dubious, though...

    Onward!
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    NFL Midseason Report: AFC North


    The Ravens and Steelers sit atop of the AFC North with identical 5-2 records. With what we have seen of both squads, one would expect both of those teams to be playoff-bound, barring an implosion by either franchise. The Divison's two Ohio teams (Cincinatti and Cleveland) haven't fared so well. The Bengals own the AFC North's top offense, but they haven't been able to keep many teams from scoring. The Browns have used three different starting QB's to this point, but might have found a keeper in rookie Colt McCoy. Despite the 2-5 record, Cleveland owns an impressive win over New Orleans, and their first three losses were by two, three, and seven points, respectively.


    MVP: In his fifteenth NFL season, Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis shows no signs of slowing down. He is the quintessential defensive game-changer and still remains the biggest reason for the success for his franchise. Lewis owns 60 tackles through seven games, plus two sacks and an interception. He is undoubtedly the motor that keeps the defense running in Baltimore, which deserves a lot of the credit for the offensive success that the Ravens have experienced.

    Offensive Player of the Half-season: How did the Roethlisberger-less Steelers jump out to a 3-1 start? Other than their stingy defense, you won't find a bigger reason than RB Rashard Mendenhall. He had his two biggest games of the early season in wins over Atlanta and Tampa Bay, going for 120 and 143 yards, respectively. He now sits at a total of 603 yards and 6 TD's, and has yet to commit a fumble.

    Defensive Player of the Half-season: While he may not be of the same stature as Ray Lewis, Steelers' LB James Harrison plays downright hard. The ringleader for a defense that put them in position to win three early-season games, with their second and third string QB's at the helm, has a tremendous first half of the season. Everyone knows about his $75,000 fine for "illegal" hits in Week Six, but here are his other stats: 49 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 interception, and 4 forced fumbles. Not included in the stat sheet is "intimidation factor," but if it were, Harrison would rank near the top of the League.

    Rookie of the Half-season: The Bengals' rookie pass-catching duo of TE Jermaine Gresham (29 catches, 201 yards, 2 TD) and WR Jordan Shipley (24-349-1 TD)has proved to be a solid compliment to Batman and Robin (TO and Ochocinco). Now if the Bengals could just generate some wins out of their passing/receiving production.

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    **** yeah. I'm ignoring all of the other doom and gloom and over analyzing threads. We had a bad week against the Saints. It happens to every team during the year. Moving on we shall and what better answer than the bumbling Bungholes of Cincinnati

    The Bengals have reverted back to their ****ty selves and the Steelers have to be pretty displeased with their performance sunday night as a whole/team.. The Bengals really don't want the Steelers coming off of a 10 point less on National TV. The Bungholes can't do anything right this year. Their defense stinks, their run games is a ghost of what it was last year and after looking competent as a game manager the dumb *** Bengals coachign staff have once again asked Carson Palmer to be a deep field threat he's not been in years..

    I can't wait.
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    I'm getting excited about the Bengals already...


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    Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh

    TIME: 08:30 P.M. EST
    VENUE: Paul Brown Stadium


    The Pittsburgh Steelers' reign atop the AFC North came crashing down during a five-game losing streak last season. That woeful stretch began against the Cincinnati Bengals.

    The Steelers would love to let the Bengals experience what a five-game slide feels like Monday night.

    After coming up short in one prime-time road showdown, Pittsburgh tries to bounce back at Paul Brown Stadium by extending Cincinnati's four-game skid and keeping pace in a division race that doesn't look like it will include the defending champions.

    The Steelers (5-2) entered a Week 10 showdown against Cincinnati last season tied atop the North.

    The Bengals won 18-12, completing a sweep of Pittsburgh and handing Mike Tomlin's team the first of five consecutive losses - all by a touchdown or less.

    Now, it's defending division champion Cincinnati (2-5) that can't seem to finish. The Bengals completed an 0-4 October by falling 22-14 to visiting Miami on Sunday, their fourth straight loss in a one-possession game.

    "I don't know if there's a worse feeling than losing a bunch of games in a row," quarterback Carson Palmer said. "This is definitely a low for this group and a low for myself, but in no way are we packing it in."

    Cincinnati is tied for last in the division with Cleveland. Both teams trail Pittsburgh and Baltimore by three games.

    The Steelers had a chance to take a one-game lead on the idle Ravens by winning in New Orleans on Sunday night, but failed to generate any offensive momentum in a sloppy 20-10 loss.

    "You can't make excuses. We have to play better," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We never got into any rhythm. This is definitely a gut check for us. We got knocked down a little bit and now it will be interesting to see how we will bounce back."

    Pittsburgh typically hasn't had much trouble coming through in Cincinnati. A 23-20 loss there on Sept. 27, 2009 - in which it blew an 11-point fourth-quarter lead - snapped its eight-game winning streak on the shores of the Ohio River.

    Roethlisberger is 6-1 in Cincinnati with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. His lowest passer rating in those seven games was 93.2.

    He's hardly the only reason the Steelers have had success on the road against the Bengals. Pittsburgh has run for 162.1 yards per game in its last nine visits, an average that must sound great to Rashard Mendenhall considering he's been held to a 67.8-yard average in his last four games.

    Cincinnati has surrendered 138.3 rushing yards per game in its last three contests.

    The Steelers, meanwhile, have reason to be concerned with a pass defense that's giving up 261.5 yards per game over its last four as teams are taking to the air to avoid the league's top rush defense.

    Even All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu hasn't been without fault. After intercepting passes in each of Pittsburgh's first two wins, Polamalu has been relatively quiet ever since. He was routinely out of position against New Orleans.

    "I can't tell you too many games that I walked away from satisfied with my performance," Polamalu said. "In my mind, there's more plays out there I should make. And this is not the only game I felt that way."

    Palmer, for one, doesn't want to hear anything about his former roommate at USC struggling.

    "He's so much faster and plays at such a different speed than just about everybody on the field," said Palmer, whose lone interception by Polamalu was returned for a touchdown. "There's not many guys that can close on the ball as quickly as he can, or close on the run, or are as heady as he is.

    "He's probably the best defensive player in the game right now."

    Palmer, on the other hand, is going through one of the roughest stretches of his career. The seven-year veteran has 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but has repeatedly struggled to connect with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco and has had numerous potential picks dropped.

    "Some of the things that have been good to us in the past and been our staples aren't there for us," Palmer said. "That's not an excuse, that's the NFL. You can't rely on something that was good last week or last year."

    Both teams should get a defensive boost this week. Pittsburgh end Brett Keisel (hamstring) is expected back after a two-game absence, while Cincinnati cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle) and safety Roy Williams (knee) should also return.

    The Steelers have outscored their opponents 115-43 while going 5-0 on Monday nights under Tomlin.

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    Is our loss last week to the Saints a positive?

    Will that bad loss fire us up enough to come out and play hard so as to not have this game be a 'trap game' before the Pats* come into town the following week?

    I think so. I think the Saints loss may be a blessing in disguise. Otherwise this would've just been a game against a bad and desperate team, sandwiched between games against Super Bowl contenders. That's usually a recipe for a loss, but not for us this time coming off the Saints game.

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    Records mean nothing in division games

    By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com


    Their record might be 2-5, but the Steelers know that the defending AFC North champion Cincinnati Bengals are better than that record shows and they are expecting a fight when the two teams meet at Paul Brown Stadium.

    “It’s Monday night in Cincinnati,” said wide receiver Antwaan Randle El. “They were the winners last year. We have to do what we got to do to knock them off.
    “They play smart, physical ball. They have some corners that track the ball when the ball is in the air. On offense they do some great things. We have our work cut out for us, but we will be ready Monday night.”

    Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is still looking at the Bengals on film, and will be until game time, but knows that the defense presents a challenge.

    “They are very good on defense,” said Roethlisberger. “I need to watch a little more. They are a very good defense. We need to study them a lot because they do a lot of complicated things.”

    One thing the offense will have to do to make sure they come out on top on Monday night is not let opportunities slip away.

    “For three games we had a lot of opportunities to do some big things and just haven’t done them,” said Randle El. “The bottom line is now we have to continue to sharpen those skills and going into this game be on a little bit of a better page with one another and just get rolling.

    “I think we as a unit haven’t paid enough attention to detail on certain plays to be able to give ourselves that big play or didn’t just make the play when it was time to make it.”

    * * *

    Safety Troy Polamalu said that he is feeling fine these days after missing most of the 2009 season with a knee injury. The only thing that has hampered him this season is not taking advantage of opportunities to make big plays.

    “I think there are a lot of opportunities for me to make plays personally in games that I didn’t make,” said Polamalu. “It had nothing to do with anything physical, maybe second-guessing myself a little too much.”

    Polamalu said that particularly was the case against the Saints last week.
    “I think there are some plays out there that I wish I could have back,” said Polamalu. “More or less knowing something and not taking advantage of that. There were a couple of plays I felt I had a good feel for that I didn’t make. That’s a lesson learned.”

    * * *
    Defensive end Ziggy Hood, who received praise for his play from Coach Mike Tomlin earlier in the week, evaluated his own performance in his first career start.

    “It was a solid performance,” said Hood. “I went out there and did my job, did what I had to do. It could have been better. That is what practice is for. I will learn from that and grow from there.”

    * * *

    Linebacker James Harrison met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL offices in New York on Tuesday. The meeting was to “discuss the rules that relate to illegal use of the helmet and hits to the head and neck,” according to the NFL.

    Harrison is appealing the $75,000 fine he received for his hit on Cleveland wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

    * * *

    The Steelers added two players to their practice squad and also lost one.

    Sunny Harris, a sixth-round draft pick in 2009, returned to the team. Harris was on the Steelers active roster for part of the 2009 season, but was inactive and didn’t see any playing time. He was waived by the team on September 4 of this year on the final roster cut.

    Harris was picked up by the Buffalo Bills, but they waived him from the active roster on October 6.

    Also signed was linebacker Chris Ellis, a third-year player from Virginia Tech. Ellis was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round in 2008, but finished the season on injured reserve. He was inactive for the first seven games of 2009, and saw limited action in only three games during the remainder of the season.

    Ellis started the season-opener for the Bills this season and recorded five tackles and his first career sack. He played in four additional games, without any tackles, before he was waived on Oct. 11.

    The openings on the practice squad occurred after Steve McClendon was signed to the active roster last week and Al Woods was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    * * *

    Roethlisberger was asked about what it would be like to have Bengals Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco as weapons in the Steelers offense, and he was quick to respond.

    “I wouldn’t trade my guys for them,” said Roethlisberger, referring to the Steelers receiving corps. “That’s no offense to either one of those guys. They are great receivers. I wouldn’t trade my receivers for anybody. “

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