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Mike Tomlin Fires Back at Bengals for Criticism of Steelers' Offense

Isaiah De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has responded to criticism of his offense by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has responded to criticism of his offense by the Cincinnati Bengals. / (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' offense slowing down in the second half doomed their chances of upsetting the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. After the game, Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt took a shot at Pittsburgh's play-calling, saying, "They like to do the same plays over and over."

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin certainly wasn't happy about those comments.

Tomlin clapped back, stating, "That’s what they say when they’re having success and you don’t hear them say when they don’t." He also noted Cincinnati employed some "predictable" concepts as well, so he doesn't think the Steelers were alone in that aspect in Week 11.

Execution on offense remains a major struggle for Pittsburgh. The team looked to get back on track with a 17-point second quarter showing against Cincinnati, but they then scored just 10 points over the final two periods. The Bengals' 20 second-half points, meanwhile, allowed them to capture the 37-30 win.

The Steelers now must prepare for what should be a battle against the Indianapolis Colts. Pittsburgh is a 2.5-point underdog ahead of that matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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