The Pittsburgh Steelers enter their Week 11 bye on a high note having just defeated the Cincinnati Bengals on the road, 24-17, for their first divisional win of the 2011 season. The victory improved Pittsburgh's record to 7-3, tied with the Houston Texans for the best record in the AFC. In the event that both teams finish with identical records, the Texans would have the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Steelers by virtue of their 17-10 Week 4 win over Pittsburgh. We'll see how Houston fares down the stretch now that it's been revealed that starting quarterback Matt Schaub is likely out for the remainder of the season with a Lisfranc (foot) injury.
Lots of football left, and certainly plenty of time to speculate this next two weeks while we await the return of Steeler football in Week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs, who also must adjust to the loss of their starting quarterback, Matt Cassel, to injury. For now though, let's hand out some fictitious hardware to an individual who played a big part in the Steelers emerging victorious on the road in Cincinnati Sunday afternoon.
- Ben Roethlisberger: 21-of-33 (63.6 %), 245 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
- Antonio Brown: 5 receptions, 86 yards
- Rashard Mendenhall: 16 carries, 44 yards, 2 TDs, 1 reception, 26 yards
- Jeremy Kapinos: 5 punts, 50.4 average, Long 57, 1 Inside 20.
- Lawrence Timmons: 5 total tackles, 1 INT
- William Gay: 3 tackles, 1 INT, 1 Pass Defended leading to INT
What a special player we have on our hands here folks. Just 23 years of age, Brown has plenty of room to still develop. With as pure a set of hands as we've ever seen on a Steelers wide receiver, it's quite fun to think about what the future still may hold for him and the rest of the Young Money Crew. Brown leads all NFL receivers with 26 catches this past four weeks -- mind you, those four weeks saw many high-profile WRs play only three games thanks to their respective teams' bye weeks. Still, there's no denying the impressive streak Brown is on, and what it means for the Steelers' offensive versatility moving forward.