Tim Benz, Kevin Gorman: Running game and pass rush get Steelers their first win
Tuesday’s “Breakfast With Benz” podcast looks at something pretty rare.
A Steelers victory.
Yup. It’s the first victory of 2019 for the Black and Gold. And it came against the even-more-hapless Cincinnati Bengals, 27-3, Monday night at Heinz Field.
Fellow Trib columnist Kevin Gorman and I recap the highlights. The two biggest positives were obvious.
The first was the play of the running backs in what amounted to a tricked-up version of a college offense. Jaylen Samuels and James Conner were both outstanding, combining for 174 yards from scrimmage.
The second was a relentless pass rush which dropped Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton eight times.
We also need to mention an offensive line that didn’t allow Mason Rudolph to be sacked, or even hit. And kudos must be extended to Chris Boswell. Last year’s vilified place kicker has yet to miss an attempt this season.
If the Steelers had lost this game, their season would’ve been cooked for sure. But getting a divisional win before September expires keeps them on life support for now. Plus, they get the Baltimore Ravens next week at home.
A win in that game would at least keep the team within a game of first place in the AFC North, if not tied for the lead if the Browns also lose.
We get into those topics and more. Listen below.