PITTSBURGH — The Steelers offense seemed to figure something out in the first half. Kenny Pickett, Najee Harris, George Pickens, and the Pittsburgh offense put up 20 points, matching their highest-scoring total in regulation all season. Pittsburgh had not scored more than 20 points in more than nine games, their longest streak since 1970.
A Harris touchdown kicked off the touchdown affair on a 19 yard touchdown run. Then, Pickens and Pickett connected for a 24 yard touchdown. Both touchdowns were the longest touchdowns of the year for the team prior to this matchup. Pickens’ touchdown was the Steelers’ first touchdown scored from outside the redzone all season.
So, is it sustainable? That remains to be seen. But Matt Canada and the Steelers’ offense are starting to feed off the energy from the crowd and from the last week. With the Bengals putting up 17 points as well, it seems that Pittsburgh may need to keep up the performance offensively.
The Bengals lost cornerback Chidobe Awuzie due to a torn ACL a week ago. That seems to be a serious impediment on the Bengals’ ability to cover the Steelers receiver, and Pittsburgh is carrying over their momentum in the run game from a week ago against the New Orleans Saints.