Let’s start with the first match up of the year between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Andy Dalton has only faced one really top notch defense this year in the San Francisco 49ers. I was extremely interested to see how the young guy would fair. It was good to see he still had chemistry and could rely on fellow rookie AJ Green. The real issue is that Dalton did not receive the benefit of a Cincy running game at all. Down 17-24 in the start of the 4th quarter…the poor guy throws 2 INTs instead of orchestrating the big come back. The Steelers on the other hand had a HUGE day on the road. After the big loss to Baltimore at home at Heinz field last week, many (not I) doubted the Steelers ability to bounce back. That defense that everyone thinks is too old to get the job done closed out Sunday’s game. After the pitiful loss handed to Baltimore fromSeattle…the Steelers are back on top of the division.
The next team that had the opportunity to stand up to their bully was the Detroit Lions. Week 5, the Lions travelled to Chicago for MNF and they got a win! Javhid Best “ran on their head” (163 rushing yards) that game. Yesterday, the Lions host Chicago and they let Devin Hester RUN! Let’s keep it real-at some point or another, teams make that mistake. What made the difference in the Lions getting smacked down yesterday was the 4 INTs throw by Stafford…then a fight breaks out…but it was too late…I think we are witnessing the beginning of the end for the Lions’ playoff hopes. They got off to a hot start. However, they have Green Bay in their division (who they still have to play twice, starting on Thanksgiving Day), Chicago with who they split games, and then the Saints coming up too…It’s going to be difficult. Continue reading