I know after the loss to the Cowboys, everybody pretty much thinks this season is done and I agree with you. However, people point blame of this game to either the fumble of Antonio Brown, the OT INT thrown by Ben or Haley's playcalling (which really doesn't deserve this much hate, but coaches get a lot of the blame even when it isn't their fault). If you want to blame anyone for this loss, blame the injuries and lack of quality depth we have at CB.
At this point, I can only laugh in shame at what has become of our former league-leading secondary. Lets count up the injuries we have at CB. (1) Ike Taylor is out for an extended period of time with an ankle injury. (2) Cortez Allen has been out the last two games and will probably be out next week. (3) Keenan Lewis injured his groin in the 2nd Half against the Cowboys and never came back into the game. I am not expecting him to play against the Bengals. (4) DeMarcus Van Dyke separated his shoulder early in the Cowboys game and never came back. That leaves us with 2011 3rd Round Pick Curtis Brown (who was benched last week because of bad play), 2012 Undrafted Free Agent Josh Victorian (who was just brought up from the practice squad 2 weeks ago), and 2012 Undrafted Free Agent Robert Golden, who is a recently converted Safety and is now suddenly our Nickelback.
This is just so sad it isn't fair. The Steelers have all the talent in the world to be the best team in the NFL, but they just cannot stay healthy long enough to get any sense of consistency going in order to compete to their full potential. It has gotten so bad that you cannot really blame anyone for it. I mean, c'mon. What do we have to do in order to keep these guys healthy? And it isn't just the older guys. LaMarr Woodley is 27 years old and he cannot even stay healthy for a full season anymore. Same thing with our Offensive Line. It just doesn't end. It makes me wonder if the Steelers are in for a stretch of mediocrity not seen since before the 70s.