Bengals CB Mike Hilton trolls his former team and fans

What was Mike Hilton doing when he decided to start waving at the fans at Heinz Field?

I’m not going to lie. It was tough seeing cornerback Mike Hilton in a Cincinnati Bengals uniform. It was bad enough when the talented cornerback left the Pittsburgh Steelers in free agency but when he signed with the Bengals it hit different.

After Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Bengals, Hilton decided to throw some serious shade at his former team and the fans. Hilton made a point to wave at the fans as he left the field. Honestly, at first, I thought maybe he was legitimately reaching out to Steeler Nation but when he does his little hand on the hip thing followed with the bow, it went from saying good buy to trolling.

Steeler Nation, let me know what you thought of what Hilton did. Are you ok with it or did he take it a little too far? Let us know in the comments.

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Steelers HC Mike Tomlin lays blame firmly at the feet of his players in loss

Mike Tomlin points to the mistakes by the players in Sunday’s loss.

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Sunday was one of the ugliest performances by the Pittsburgh Steelers since Mike Tomlin took over as head coach. All three phases underperformed which led directly to an embarrassing 24-10 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The loss dropped the Steelers to 1-2 on the season and they currently sit in last place in the AFC North.

We will spend a great deal of time talking about the whys of this loss but Tomlin doesn’t need any time at all. In his postgame press conference, Tomlin was direct when he pointed the finger for this letdown squarely on the players. Tomlin pointed out how penalties and failures in one-on-one-type plays are why the offense has struggled so much.

While I don’t disagree that the players underperformed on Sunday, how much of that has to do with preparation by the coaching staff? And coaching and adjustments done in-game? Tomlin’s teams in recent years have gained this reputation. Is the front office really that bad at selecting talent or is there a disconnect when it comes to preparation and motivation?

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Steelers break 75-game sack streak against the Bengals

The Steelers went without a sack for the first time in 75 games.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been one of the best pass-rushing teams in the NFL historically. So much so they had a 75-game streak of sacking the quarterback on the line when they took on the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

But the streak ended at Heinz Field on Sunday when the Cincinnati offensive line held the vaunted Steelers defense sackless. Pittsburgh was only able to muster a single pressure the entire game. The Steelers fell to the Bengals 24-10.

In this game Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow all the time he needed to pick the Steelers secondary apart. Burrow finished with 172 yards passing on 14-of-18 passing with three passing touchdowns.

Pittsburgh went into the game without starting outside linebackers T.J. watt and Alex Highsmith who were both out with groin injuries. But let’s not act like this excuses such poor play by the Steelers defense. There were plenty of other players on the field on Sunday who could have kept the streak alive and didn’t.

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Steelers fall flat in home loss to Bengals

The Steelers fall to 1-2 after home loss to Cincinnati.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 1-2 on the season after Sunday’s embarrassing 24-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Don’t let the boxscore fool you, this game was not a close one in any facet of the game.

Pittsburgh offense was without wide receiver Diontae Johnson and lost fellow wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fed running back Najee Harris the ball as well as wide receiver Chase Claypool early and often in an attempt to keep pace. But interceptions and dropped passes stalled out drive after drive without points.

The Steelers defense looked lost without linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. The team failed to record a sack for the first time in 75 games and Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow spent the game under very little pressure.

This loss was an ugly one and the team didn’t show much heart as they attempted to make a second-half comeback. Injuries continue to pile up and the lack of depth on this roster was once again exposed. Pittsburgh must now prepare to go on the road next week and take on the Green Bay Packers.

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Steelers OT Chuks Okorafor ruled out with possible concussion

Pittsburgh loses Chuks Okorafor to a possible concussion.

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The injuries continue to pile up for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team has announced that starting right tackle Chuks Okorafor has been ruled out for the remainder of the game as he is being evaluated for a possible concussion. The Steelers currently trail the Cincinnati Bengals 24-7.

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Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ruled OUT with rib injury

The Steelers lose a key wide receiver to injury.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers came into this week’s game with the Cincinnati Bengals banged up on the wide receiver depth chart. Diontae Johnson is out with a knee injury and now JuJu Smith-Schuster joins him.

Smith-Schuster has suffered a knee injury and will miss the rest of Sunday’s game. Smith-Schuster had been largely ineffective against Cincinnati, much like the rest of the Steelers offense. Smith-Schuster leaves the game with three receptions for 25 yards.

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Steelers vs Bengals inactives: T.J. Watt headlines game day inactives

3 starters highlight the Steelers inactives this week.

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Three starters headline the Pittsburgh Steelers inactives this week. As Pittsburgh prepares to take on the Cincinnati Bengals, they will be minus linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith as well as starting wide receiver Diontae Johnson are all inactive.

In addition, defensive lineman Carlos Davis, quarterback Dwayne Haskins, guard Rashaad Coward and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon are all also inactives.

Pittsburgh is going to have to count on Melvin Ingram and Jamir Jones to provide the pass rush this week without Watt and Highsmith in the lineup. The Steelers will still use plenty of three wide receivers this week with James Washington filling in for Johnson.

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Steelers vs Bengals: Keys to victory for Pittsburgh this week

The Steelers kick off divisional play on Sunday against the Bengals.

Thanks to a rash of injuries, the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to need to make serious adjustments to their plan of attack on both sides of the football going against the Cincinnati Bengals this week. Pittsburgh still has plenty of talent and can win this game but other guys must step up.

Here are the Steelers keys to victory this week.

Steelers vs Bengals: How to watch, listen and stream

The Steelers kick off divisional play on Sunday against the Bengals.

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Here is everything you need to know so you can watch, listen to or stream this week’s Pittsburgh Steelers game. It’s Week Three of the NFL season and the Steelers are 1-1 and at home for their first divisional game of the season. Can the Steelers overcome all these injuries and beat the Cincinnati Bengals?

Game information:

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1)

Kickoff: Sunday, September 26, at 1:00 pm ET

Venue: Heinz Field

Weather: Temps in the 70s


National television: CBS

Local television: KDKA (CBS) in Pittsburgh

Online: You can also tune in online with NFL Game Pass and FuboTV (try it for free).

Radio: Westwood One and Steeler Nation Radio will have the game, as well as WDVE 102.5 FM & WBGG 970, AM local.

You can also follow the game with us @TheSteelersWire and of course here on Steelers Wire with our live updates during the game, along with highlights of all the key moments from this week’s game. Join us straight after the final whistle for more in-depth coverage, injury updates, and analysis of all the action.

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Steelers LB T.J. Watt downgraded to OUT vs the Bengals

No T.J. Watt this week against the Bengals.

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On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced they were downgrading starting outside linebacker T.J. Watt to OUT for the team’s division showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Watt had originally been listed as questionable after suffering the injury in last week’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders. Pittsburgh will also be missing fellow starting outside linebacker Alex Highsmith with a groin injury of his own.

With Watt now out of the lineup, undrafted rookie Jamir Jones could get the call as the starting outside backer opposite Melvin Ingram.

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