We had such a great Thursday Night game, and now we get a dog for a Monday Night game.
Both teams sit at 0-3, and so somebody will be 0-4 at the end of the night. That team will be Pittsburgh.
Andy Dalton is third in the NFL in passing yards behind Aaron Rodgers who has already played his Week 4 game, and Patrick Mahomes. He’s thrown the ball more than 35 times in each of his past three games this season and is averaging over 325 yards passing per game. Dalton threw for 418 yards against a better team (Seattle) on the road. And now he goes up against one of the worst secondaries in football. Not good for the Steelers.
Mason Rudolph makes his first start at home under the bright lights of Monday Night Football against an AFC North opponent. It is a lot to ask for a backup who struggled to move the ball early against the 49ers last week.
Pittsburgh’s Defense Sucks
Rudolph struggled early, but his defense hasn’t really done him any favors. The Steelers defense has allowed 442 yards of offense per game this season. That’s the fourth-worst in the NFL only behind the Cardinals, Giants, and Dolphins. Woof.
Pittsburgh’s defense is also 27th against the run and 29th against the pass in the NFL. You have to wonder how much longer the Steelers will keep Keith Butler as defensive coordinator.
Since becoming the defensive coordinator in 2015, Keith Butler has had a secondary that has allowed teams to march downfield way too easily. With the exception of 2017, the Steelers defense has been terrible covering receivers. Here is where the Steelers ranked in receiving yards allowed in the league since Butler became the defensive coordinator in 2015:
Butler has had enough time to figure out the secondary but it seems like it is not going anywhere.
The Red Rifle Shoots to Kill
Give me the guy with more experience… who’s been throwing over 325 yards a game…and will have a healthier Joe Mixon running against a Steelers defense that has allowed nearly 140 rushing yards per game this season. I don’t even think it will be close. Cincy wins big, puts up at least 35 points, and puts Keith Butler‘s job on a piping hot seat. Bengals win 38-24.