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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Winners and Losers

Every game there are players who can be dubbed as "Winners" or labeled as "Losers". See who made the news following the team's Week 8 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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It was another gut-wrenching AFC North loss at Heinz Field, but this time it was a Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, equally as heart breaking as the previous loss to the Baltimore Ravens at home on Thursday Night Football.

In a back-and-forth game with plenty of drama, and penalties, in between, the Steelers saw themselves on the losing end of a 16-10 loss which plummets their record to 4-4. See who were dubbed as "Winners" and who were labeled "Losers" following the Week 8 loss.


Cameron Heyward - Heyward continues his Pro Bowl performance of a season with three tackles and blocking a field goal that kept the Steelers in the game. He's a key part of the Steelers' resurgence on defense in 2015.

Heath Miller - When the rhythm isn't going strong for Ben Roethlisberger and his two primary receivers, the teammate he's played with the longest came in to rock. Miller caught ten passes for 104 yards and caught several of them in traffic. He embodied the tough Steelers persona throughout the game being mister reliable for Ben.

Keith Butler - This defense has now faced the three highest scoring offenses (coming into week eight) to their lowest point totals all season, and they played extremely well today. The move of switching Dan McCullers to start at defensive tackle while allowing Steve McLendon to start at defensive end appeared to have a major impact in the performance of the Steelers' run defense. This defense is playing strong and giving the opportunity for victory for an offense that is driving over more potholes this season than a yinzer on Penn Ave.


Ben Roethlisberger - The team captain did not have a triumphant return the way we hoped he would, going 28-42 for 262 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Each interception should be charged to his own mistakes and they proved to be the most costly factor in the game as he was obviously not at his best today. The offense had opportunities to put the game away, but two late fourth quarter interceptions will make it very difficult to win any game.

Dri Archer - When the offense was struggling, the problems were only compounded by Archer who would take returns from deep inside the end zone and pin the Steelers inside the 20 yard line, or even as far back as inside the 10 yard line. He has really not been able to make the plays that his speed led everyone to believe before his draft.

Honorable Mentions:

Antwon Blake - I have dogged Blake in the past, but today he had a solid game. He led the team with eight tackles, many of them limiting the Bengals from breaking for huge yards after the catch. But what gets him on the winners list was his huge red zone interception and long return in the fourth quarter. Those types of plays usually lead to wins, but unfortunately that was not the case today.

Mike Mitchell - The man has another interception but also brings the pain. He's developed into the solid safety Kevin Colbert thought he could be for the team.

Ryan Shazier - Six tackles, two for losses, a half a sack and was flying all over the field. He's every bit the speed demon defender that can make big plays which Pittsburgh has thought he would be in this unit.