Steelers Shoot Themselves In the Foot, Fall to Bengals


Published: September 27, 2009

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... in a row, they shoot themselves in the foot, and lose in the final seconds of the game.

There are many people you can put the blame on this week, but the main culprit are the coaches.

For the second week in a row, Bruce Arians insisted on running the ball. Even though the Steelers were relatively successful, 103 yards on 28 carries, forcing a running game has cost the Steelers another victory.

With the exception of one time in the second half, the Steelers ran the ball on every first down. Cincinnati knew it was coming, and stopped them almost every time.

The Steelers receivers did not do much better with Hines Ward drawing two offensive pass interference penalties, Limas Sweed dropping a touchdown that hit him directly in the hands, and Santonio Holmes catching one pass for 18 yards. The only bright spot for the Steelers receiving corps, was rookie Mike Wallace, who had seven catches for 102 yards.

But as Bruce Arians is, it doesn't matter what wo...

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