CINCINNATI (93-7 THE FAN) — Cornerback Ike Taylor downplayed whatever disconnect existed between him and the local media after the Steelers pulled out a much-needed 24-17 win over AFC North rival Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday night.
“As a team, we needed this win. Divisional game, tough environment, we’ve just got to keep building,” Taylor said. “I’ve just got to do what I’ve got to do. Sometimes you don’t start the way you want to start. But you’ve got to keep grinding, and things will work out.”
Taylor finished with just two partial tackles, and was beaten in the second quarter on an eight-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton to top receiver A.J. Green. However, that would be the only catch of the night by Green, who was often matched up against Taylor, and the Steelers held the Bengals’ vaunted passing game to just 105 yards and 50 percent accuracy.
“It doesn’t matter,” Taylor shrugged, “because I’ve got to see him again. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, and what he does week in and week out.”
He spoke further about the sudden success of what was previously–particularly on the road–a much-maligned Steeler defense:
The Steelers (3-3) meet the Washington Redskins (3-4) at Heinz Field next Sunday.