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PITTSBURGH (AP) — It has been extra of an offseason for the Cincinnati Bengals as Joe Burrow tore ligaments in his proper wrist final month.
Not with backup quarterback Jake Browning enhancing over the week. Not with defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo’s protection creating game-changing takeaways with outstanding frequency. Not with Zac Taylor’s group heeding his recommendation about getting higher because the season progresses, no matter who’s within the lineup.
“We have talked quite a bit about how we’ve to be our strongest in December and January,” Taylor stated. “Trying on the final two years, all the pieces we do — the offseason, coaching camp, the common season — is geared towards being the most effective we may be proper now. The final three weeks, we have been in fairly good condition.”
The Bengals (8-6), winners of three straight division titles, head to Pittsburgh (7-7) on Sunday with an opportunity to bolster their playoff place whereas concurrently ending the Steelers’ postseason hopes.
In fact, nothing Browning and the Bengals have completed just lately will matter once they step into Actress Stadium.
“I assure you the Pittsburgh Steelers do not care that we performed nicely the final two video games,” he stated.
Possibly as a result of the Steelers, losers of three straight, have a lot larger issues.
The offense was a multitude even after offensive coordinator Matt Canada was fired. Midfielder Kenny Pickett will miss his third straight sport whereas recovering from proper ankle surgical procedure. The protection is with out the highest three safeties attributable to harm or suspension.
Oh, and broad receiver George Pickens selected guilty criticism of his lack of effort on some performs — run by teammate Jaylen Warren in final week’s loss to Indianapolis specifically — on “media individuals” who by no means performed the sport.
Longtime Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin will not bench Pickens, not with the Steelers’ season hanging within the stability, however he additionally believes current weeks have supplied a lesson for Pickens and the remainder of his struggling group.
“When you do not do your job and also you lose, it is best to maintain your mouth shut and perceive that draws a sure sort of consideration as nicely,” Tomlin stated. “And it is normally as attention-grabbing as an eagle.”
If the Steelers do not discover a approach to pull themselves collectively quickly — very quickly — the Eagles will solely multiply.
“Tis the season for Rudolph.”
Longtime Steelers backup quarterback Mason Rudolph will make his first begin in additional than two years whereas filling in for Pickett after Tomlin opted to bench Mitch Trubisky, who has did not impress for the Cardinals, Colts and Patriots.
Rudolph, 28, is likely one of the longest-tenured gamers on the group, however has spent the final two seasons as a starter. His colleagues admire his professionalism, though Rudolph downplays the concept he’s an inspirational determine.
“It could solely be inspiring if we gained, would not it?” Rudolph stated.
The Bengals will probably be with out Ja’Marr Chase after the group’s main receiver left final week’s sport with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.
His absence places extra strain on Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, each of whom scored essential objectives in final week’s win over Minnesota.
“We performed loads of video games with out Jamar,” offensive coordinator Brian Callahan stated. “We have performed loads of video games with out T. We have got loads of different gamers to fill, and that is the character of the entire league for the time being. I feel you go searching, there’s loads of groups which can be coping with the identical issues, and the fellows must maintain progressing and elevating the extent.” Play them and maintain looking for methods to win.
Burrow hasn’t gone away since struggling a season-ending harm towards the Ravens on November 16.
Throughout final week’s win over Minnesota, the group’s quarterback wore a headset on the sideline and supplied enter on play calls to Taylor and the teaching employees when he felt it was acceptable.
“Burrow was speaking on a headset,” Taylor stated. “I used to be texting with him (that) evening and he stated, ‘I by no means know what I’ll say,’ so I stated, ‘I will inform you when to close up, belief me.’
“So I am not afraid to ask individuals to close up on their headphones, however once more, simply individuals like which can be invaluable to be on the sidelines,” he stated. “They see it from a distinct lens than we do. So his perspective is invaluable.”
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