Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review
Here are my first thoughts of the Steelers 24-17 win over the Bengals
* What a tremendous effort by the Steelers offensive line. Playing without Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert, the front-five finally got push and it came against a pretty stout defensive front of the Bengals that include Geno Atkins and Domata Peko.
* Loved the way Mike Adams played. He had a very difficult assignment going against Robert Geathers and Carlos Dunlap and played near-flawless.
* I’ve been saying it since the preseason — every time Jonathan Dwyer gets on the field, he makes a big play. Dwyer rushed for more than 100 yards and showed power and speed all night long.
* Ike Taylor might get a lot of credit, and rightfully so, but Keenan Lewis had the best game of his career. Sure, he wasn’t going up against anybody who probably should be playing in this league, but he did make some plays.
* Did James Harrison play? Nothing against him, but Andrew Whitworth is a pretty tough matchup for anybody.
* How in the world don’t you give A.J. Green a shot down the field even if it is into double coverage. The kid is that good. Stunning.
* That initial drive of the game by the Bengals was very eye-opening, especially how they did it — by running. There was a time not long ago that teams wouldn’t even think about running the ball on the Steelers. But there you had Benjarvus Green Ellis gashing them. But give Dick LeBeau credit for tightening things up after that.
* The biggest play of the game? Had to be when Lewis swatted the ball away from Green in the end zone. That was just an instinctive play by Lewis.
* Sorry, just because the 2-point conversion worked didn’t mean it was the right call. You don’t chase points in the first half.
* Surprised the Steelers didn’t try anything down field whatsoever. When you have a guy like Mike Wallace, you probably should at least try one long ball a game.
* Isn’t it funny how one win changes the perspective of things?
* What has surprised me the most about Dwyer is the power he runs with. He never was like that his first couple years in the league. He’s definitely added that element to his game.