(GSM) — James Harrison, who was once a dominating force on the Steelers’ defense, took to social media following his former team’s loss to the Bengals Sunday.
The linebacker who has one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history, posted a video to his Instagram page where he showed disbelief that the Steelers would fall to the Bengals who — at that point — had only won two games all season.
His most recent post was coupled with a John Fogerty song titled “Centerfield” blasting in the background. Harrison can be seen picking up a game-worn Steelers helmet from his in-home trophy case, sarcastically insinuating he is ready to return to action to help the “Black-n-Gold.”
The Steelers (11-3) entered the game Sunday with a chance to clinch the AFC North title. However, the Bengals (3-10-1) had other plans as they walked away with a convincing 27-7 victory.
Harrison — a five-time All Pro — played for the Bengals, Patriots and Ravens in addition to the Steelers and hasn’t seen the field since 2018.
Harrison played 16 years in the National Football League.
CINCINNATI (GSM) — An a time where the Steelers had the opportunity to win the AFC North division and guarantee cushion heading into the postseason, they lost to a team with 2 wins.
To Steeler fans (and most players and coaches), the stage was set, bounce back from a 2-game losing streak, beat the division’s last place Bengals, go into the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Easy, right? Well, not so fast. The most recent loss — part a three game losing streak — showed that the “Black-n-Gold” has more issues than you may think.
Pittsburgh went into Cincinnati and struggled from the beginning of the game Monday night and lost to the Bengals who started Ryan Finley, a 3rd-string quarterback. The final score 27-17.
In his weekly press conference, Head Coach Mike Tomlin said, “We’re not a good football group right now and so we understand the consequences that come with that, we’re working on a short week, we’ve got to be better than what we’ve been and that’s just the reality of it.”
In week 16, the Steelers (11-3) host the Indianapolis Colts (10-4) Sunday at Heinz Field.
(GSM) – The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 16-10 Sunday in a game that was surprisingly tight. Coach Mike Tomlin benched embattled quarterback Mason Rudolph in the second half after a tough showing on offense. He completed 50% of his passes going 8/16, 85 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception. Tomlin, said making the change to backup Devlin Hodges was a no-brainer, “I just felt like our offense needed a spark. Just felt like Mason wasn’t doing enough.” Tomlin said. “But I like the contributions of “Duck;” [Hodges]. I like his readiness. I appreciate the efforts of Mason and also appreciate the support of Mason after we made the change. That’s how we get down.”
Devlin Hodges, humbled with his approach says he just wants to win games for the team no matter who is in the game. “I didn’t think the third play I was in that I’d be throwing a 79-yard touchdown pass, but if I could go back and do it again, it would be pretty cool.”
The Steelers will host the Cleveland Browns for the first time since the melee that took place where several players got into a fight. The Browns will be without defensive end Myles Garrett who is suspended for the season after hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. Also, defensive Tackle Larry Ogunjobi will also miss action due to suspension. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, also forced to sit out due to his part in the altercation. Nonetheless, Sunday’s matchup is expected to be hard hitting and full of bad feelings as this AFC North rivalry continues to be one to watch.
Pittsburgh is currently the 6th seed in the hunt for the post-season with a record of 6-5 and are in second place in the AFC North behind the Baltimore Ravens.