Pittsburgh Steelers defensive captain Cam Heyward felt "pissed off" after his team suffered a shock loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and he believed his teammates felt the same way. The Bengals, who have one of the worst records in the NFL, claimed a shock 27-17 win over the Steelers to improve to 3-10-1.
"I'm not disappointed -- I'm just pissed off," Heyward said after the game, per ESPN. "We just lost the damn game. I think that's the way our team feels. We're not feeling sorry for ourselves, but we've got to get the job done.
We're two weeks out. "We've just got to play our brand of football. Attack the line of scrimmage, offense and defense. We need to make plays early and not be in a catch-up game. As a defense, if you get in the red zone, it's got to be three points or nothing.
It can't be touchdowns. They go up early, and to start 17-0, you're asking for a lot from our offense. Our offense just has to start fast."
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The Steelers, who were the only team to win their first 11 games this season, have now lost three games in a row and they are desperate to get some momentum going ahead of the upcoming playoffs.
"I'm a firm believer that things don't change just by believing they will," Heyward. "Our work has to reflect that. We have to solve that in practice. Whatever it takes. That's not guaranteed. We've got to get to work.
We've got to solve this and understand where we're falling short. I know we've had guys injured, but that's not an excuse. The guys that can go out and play have to get the job done." Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who went 20-of-38 for 170 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Bengals, took the full responsibility for the team's poor play.
"I'm not consistent enough, which affects the offense because the ball is in my hand every play," Roethlisberger said. Roethlisberger was 0-for-7 on his 10-plus air yards in the first half. "I just felt like they were taking away some of the underneath stuff, so we wanted to take some shots down the field and the disconnect was me not making it happen," Roethlisberger said. This Sunday, the Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts, who are on a three-game winning streak.