The Big Target is back. Oh, we wanted to believe it wasn’t so. We crossed our fingers and closed our eyes. We stuffed fingers in our ears and yelled, “No! No! No! No! No! No! No!” whenever somebody said that allowing zero sacks against the Bengals was meaningless.
It didn’t take long for the Giants to bust our bubble and harass Big Ben. They got maximum effort from their front four and made it a miserable day to wear a black throwback. Eventually he would toss four INTs and hit the dirt about twenty times, including a half dozen sacks.
In the fourth quarter, the Steelers gained all of -11 yards over three possessions that went like this: 4 plays, safety; 4 plays, downs; 4 plays, interception.
At this point it’s difficult to single out who to curse the loudest: Bruce Arians for the kooked-out offensive wizardry he cooked up, the sieve-like offensive line or the dirt-diving, interception-throwing Big Target?
As Charlie Brown would say, “Sigh.”