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1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6 - mcmillenandwife - 04-10-2017

1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6

Sometimes you have to win ugly, and this one is about as ugly as a win can get. Despite an absolutely miserable 4 INT performance by Terry Bradshaw (who was the NFL's top-rated passer coming into the game), the 10-2 Steelers do just enough to eek out a win over the hapless 1-11 Bengals. Thankfully, the Steel Curtain does their job to perfection, forcing 5 turnovers with Mel Blount intercepting two passes and fumble recoveries by Mean Joe and Jack Ham. A vicious blindside sack/fumble by Mike Wagner to knock Ken Anderson out of the game with less than a minute to play finally ends Cinci's hopes. Definitely not a thriller, but a division win nonetheless.  


RE: 1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6 - Guest - 06-05-2017

For as bad as their record was, the '78 Bengals made 3 of their 4 wins count- they beat a trio of playoff teams (Atlanta, LA Rams, Houston).

They weren't world-beaters, but compared with other bad teams of '78, they at least had something of a resume.


RE: 1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6 - mcmillenandwife - 06-05-2017

(06-05-2017, 06:45 PM)Guest Wrote: For as bad as their record was, the '78 Bengals made 3 of their 4 wins count- they beat a trio of playoff teams (Atlanta, LA Rams, Houston).

They weren't world-beaters, but compared with other bad teams of '78, they at least had something of a resume.

For whatever reason, the Bengals seemed to give us all we could handle, year in and year out, regardless of their record. You go back and look at the dynasty years from '72-'79, and regardless of whether their record was 11-3 or 4-12, they played us tough. We split with them in '72, '73, '74, '77, '79. We swept them in '75, '76 and '78. Some of those Bengals teams were damn good (e.g., the '75 team only lost 3 games, 2 of them to Pittsburgh). This 1-11 team knew us well and still had a lot of the components that excellent '75 team in when they played us '78. Ken Anderson always seemed to present match-up problems for Pittsburgh because he got rid of the ball so quickly. 

It's interesting to think about what Cinci might've become had Paul Brown named Bill Walsh as his head coach when he left instead of Bill Johnson in 1976. I don't think it's any coincidence that the pinnacle of the Bengals' success in the '70s came with Bill Walsh as OC. Walsh left prior to the '76 season when Brown didn't choose him and the Bengal decline was swift. It wasn't "just" Paul Brown retiring; Bill Walsh was the engine behind the Cinci offense.


RE: 1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6 - Guest - 06-06-2017

Halfway through the third quarter. Bradshaw wasn't that bad so far. Cincy playing inspired defense. Ken Riley was really underrated. Louis Breeden playing great. For the steelers, Lambert is playing big. Mel Blount too. Not much pressure on Anderson so far though. I'll keep watching.


RE: 1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6 - Guest - 06-07-2017

Finished watching. Love these defensive battles. Bradshaw and his targets just couldn't connect. Stallworth really struggled. Swann was contained by Breeden. For Cincy their guys really let Anderson down with all the dropped passes. Randy Gradishar must have had a huge year to make the all pro team over jack lambert who was a monster in 78.


RE: 1978 Steelers 7 vs Bengals 6 - Vaughn_Doofus - 08-06-2018

What a lousy game on offense and great defensive game. 2 games in a row the Steelers did almost nothing offensively, and still played 2 very close games.