NFL Playoffs: Texans rout Bengals, advance to face Baltimore next Sunday


Houston 31 – Cincinnat 10 The winner of Broncos – Steelers Sunday afternoon will head to New England next Saturday night, as the Houston Texans (11-6) are heading to AFC North winner Baltimore (12-4) next Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. Houston notched their first ever playoff win, defeating the Bengals 31-10 on wildcard Saturday. The Texans day was highlighted by big plays as J.J Watt set the tone, returning the first of Andy Dalton’s three interceptions 29 yards for a touchdown that broke a 10-10 tie with 52 seconds left in the first half. From there, the Texans took over.

Lewis and Bengals agree to new deal


3:50 p.m. – Well that didn’t take long. The Bengals have now announced that Lewis has agreed to a new deal and will return as coach. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. 2:53 p.m. – Reports that Marvin Lewis was returning the Cincinnati Bengals ended up being premature as the Bengals announced this afternoon that the sides went through two different meetings this morning but were unable to come to an agreement on a new deal. For now, Lewis is back in play for Pitt and other NFL teams.

NFL Playoffs: Bengals early playoff exit not a surprise; Ravens stun Patriots


2010 NFL Playoffs Bengals went into playoffs with no momentum The Cincinnati Bengals were a stunned and shocked football team following Saturday’s 24-14 loss at home to the New York Jets. After claiming the AFC North division with a 10-6 record, Cincinnati had a prime opportunity to win their first playoff game since 1990, getting a home wild card game against what many considered to be the weakest AFC playoff team in the field, despite the Jets being the No.5 seed. However, the writing was on the wall that the Bengals were not going to be a factor in the playoffs. They went into the playoffs with absolutely no momentum after losing 3 of their final 4 games, that included a 37-0 shutout loss to the Jets in week 17. The Bengals rushing attack was dominate in Saturday’s loss as Cedric Benson rushed for 169 yards and they had goodRead More »

Playoff Scenarios for the Steelers


Winners of two straight, the defending Super Bowl Champions remain in the hunt for a playoff berth going into the final week of the regular season. The Steelers have shown some pride in recent weeks after their season appeared to be over after a devastating 13-6 loss to the Cleveland Browns in week 14. On Sunday, the Steelers got some help with Denver (8-7) and Jacksonville (7-8) losing, however, Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell didn’t do the Steelers any favors last night in sitting his starters after the second quarter as the New York Jets (8-7) won a game that many didn’t envision them winning. All of a sudden, the New York Jets control their playoff destiny. If the Jets beat Cincinnati in week 17, they are in. With the Bengals and Jets playing the final game of the regular season Sunday night, Cincinnati will know whether they haveRead More »

A day of missed opportunities for the Steelers, Bengals in week 11


Bengals, Steelers lose The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered a shocking loss to the previously 2-7 Kansas City Chiefs Sunday afternoon, as the Chiefs upended the Super Bowl champs 27-24 in overtime. The loss put a serious dent in the Steelers chances of winning the AFC North and their chances of repeating as the Steelers have little chance to earn a first round bye. Sitting at 6-4, Pittsburgh’s focus now turns to just clinching a wildcard berth as 6 games remain on the Steelers schedule, including a trip to Baltimore in week 12. Or does it?

Post-Kansas City Judgements; Arians taking a lot of heat for 3rd & 2 playcall in OT


Through eight games and coming off of a dominating win against the Denver Broncos two weeks ago on national tv, the Steelers were 6-2 and back in the mix as one of the elite teams in the NFL. Two weeks later that’s no longer the case. After two straight losses at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals and the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, the defending Super Bowl champs have fallen to 6-4 on the season. They are still in position to earn a playoff berth as 66% of teams who started 6-4 have made the playoffs since 1980, but the Steelers week 12 matchup against the 5-5 Baltimore Ravens will be the key point in the season as to whether the Steelers have it in them to right the ship and get back to being among the NFL’s best teams. A loss doesn’t kill the Steelers chances of earning aRead More »

Steelers had a 71/29 pass/run ratio in loss to Cincinnati


By MARK MADDEN Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been a leading scapegoat in the aftermath of the Steelers’ disheartening 18-12 loss to Cincinnati Sunday. At first glance, I disagreed. I thought the Steelers should have used the no-huddle more. But when they did use it, it sputtered, and the no-huddle depends on the passing game being in sync, which it decidedly wasn’t. So Arians gets a pass. I also thought Arians mishandled the Steelers’ final possession by going deep twice. With 67 yards to cover, 1:49 left and a time out to work with, QB Ben Roethlisberger should have taken what the Bengals were giving for a few plays and made the field shorter. But when you look for a miracle and don’t get one, blame Jesus, not Arians. But I do blame Arians for abandoning the run too quick.

Bengals sweep season series with Pittsburgh for the first time since 1998


Cincinnati 18 – Pittsburgh 12 The Cincinnati Bengals came into Pittsburgh and won a game that many didn’t think was possible. The Steelers appeared to be peaking and have been nearly unbeatable at Heinz Field. Mike Tomlin said it best following the game that the Steelers “are still a developing team”. On Sunday afternoon Cincinnati beat the Steelers in the trenches and clearly showed that they are for real. The Bengals improved to 7-2 on the season and 5-0 in the division. They control their own destiny in the AFC North but it’s not time to panic in Pittsburgh.