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Look, the Pittsburgh Steelers are Miserable to Watch Right Now

At one point, the Pittsburgh Steelers had the best record in the NFL. They weren’t the best team in the NFL, but they had the best record. Well, that feat is now a thing of the past.

Pittsburgh dropped its third straight game on Monday Night Football to fall to 11-3. The 27-17 loss came to a Cincinnati Bengals team that is now 3-10-1 and playing with a second-string quarterback, running back and makeshift offensive line.

Yes, that’s the squad that just beat the 11-win Steelers. Guys, there’s no other way to put this: Pittsburgh is a terrible football team right now. Like, so bad, they’re not even watchable.

The defense is a shell of its former self. Yes, injuries to linebackers Bud Dupree and Devin Bush have contributed to the decline, but it’s more than that. It’s missed tackles, missed assignments and all around poor play.

OK, so how does the offense stack up? Well, it’s probably worse.

We have never seen longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger look this bad. He finished 20-of-38 (52.6 percent) for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also had two fumbles, one of which he lost.

The arm strength simply isn’t there, and neither is the will to do anything about it — or at least it seems that way.

The good news is the run game with Benny Snell Jr. finally got going in the second half. He finished with 107 total yards (84 rushing, 23 receiving) and a rushing touchdown, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

It’s crazy to think that Pittsburgh was the only undefeated team left in the NFL just three weeks ago. Now they’re on a three-game losing streak, including losses to the Bengals and the 6-7 Washington Football Team.

You know who is absolutely loving this, though? Cleveland. At 10-4, the Browns are now only one game back in the AFC North race.

If the Indianapolis Colts beat the Steelers, then Cleveland will need only two things to win the division: 1) a win over the New York Jets in Week 16 and 2) a win over Pittsburgh in Week 17. That second part doesn’t seem overly difficult anymore.

The Steelers will be in the playoffs, but they might not win another game this season. What an unfortunate turnaround.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Steelers suddenly inept? Nah, The Bungles are the ‘85 Bears, according to the ESPN clown carnival barkers. The 2-10 Bungles morphed to a stellar defense, not Big Ben imitating Helen Keller or the Steelers D now injury depleted…ESPN turned a shitstorm game into an instant classic….nfl today…

    • Shame on anyone who listens to anything ESPN has to say these days. Turn the sound down and enjoy some music during the game. I recommend the extensive live Grateful Dead collection on Apple Music.

  2. The OC of the Steelers never deserved the job in the first place and should have been fired prior to coming out of the locker room at the half. Ben needs to retire, Juju needs to be let go and they need an entire new O line. The Steelers are not much different than they were last year with Mason or Duck at QB

  3. I hope the lack of character, discipline and fortitude is coming home to roost for the Steelers. Ben has always been a clown, when he’s not driving his motorcycle with no helmet he’s getting in trouble for sexual assault twice, even if he’s innocent on both counts, he’s an imbecille for putting himself in that situation of partying with 22 year olds. Cowher knew what he had with Ben and that’s partially why he hit the eject button.

    Then there’s Tomlin, by all accounts a solid guy, but a mediocre coach that has always gotten far too much credit for having arguably the easiest job in football. Let’s hope this is the beginning of a slide that is long overdue for that crew. Cleveland’s coach is 10X the strategist of Mike Tomlin, and that Brown’s fan base who is WAY overdue for some good fortune.

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