by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (6:10 pm ET) The Steelers DST has scored double-digit Fantasy points in four of its last five games entering Week 15 vs. Cincinnati. The unit has scored a touchdown in two of its past three, including Troy Polamalu's 19-yard interception return vs. Miami.
Pittsburgh will be looking for redemption Sunday night. In a 20-10 loss Week 2, the Steelers DST got no sacks or turnovers and finished with four Fantasy points against the Bengals.
Cincy's Andy Dalton is coming off a near-flawless performance vs. Indy, when he threw for 275 yards and accounted for four touchdowns without a turnover. But he's the same quarterback who's committed 19 turnovers this year.
The Bengals rank in the middle of the pack against DSTs, giving up 9.2 points per game. Consider the Steelers DST a viable starting option.
Troy Polamalu turns clock back with score
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Steelers defensive back Troy Polamalu ended a five-game drought Sunday, as he picked off his second pass of the season in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14. He also showed that he can still make a big play happen, as he was able to return the interception 19 yards for a touchdown, his first of the season. He added one tackle in the loss.
Polamalu has remained healthy this season, and now has 56 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games.
Cameron Heyward continues solid run
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Steelers linebacker Cameron Heyward led the team in tackles Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14. Heyward racked up nine stops -- six solo -- one of which went for a sack, his third in five games.
Heyward has come on strong lately, and now has 46 tackles and four sacks on the season, both of which are personal bests.
Jason Worilds continues personal-best season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds continued his strong play Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14. Worilds finished second on the team with seven tackles -- all solo -- and got to the quarterback for the third time in four games.
Worilds now has 56 tackles and seven sacks on the season, both of which are career-highs with three games remaining.
Touchdown makes up for poor overall showing for Steelers
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The Steelers defense simply couldn't keep the Dolphins off the board in Week 14, as the Dolphins were able to record a season-best point total in a 34-28 loss. Fortunately, Troy Polamalu was able to make a big play in the third quarter to make up for that somewhat.
Pittsburgh's defense held Miami to just 10 points in the first half, but probably got an assist from the snowy weather. After halftime, the Dolphins were able to rack up 24 points, on three touchdowns and a late field goal to ice the game.
Miami's offense picked up 360 yards in the game, and turned the ball over just once on an interception by Ryan Tannehill. Polamalu picked Tannehill off deep in Dolphins territory in the third quarter and returned in 19 yards for a score. Tannehill was also sacked three times by the Steelers, a low total given the Dolphins' offensive line troubles.
The Steelers DST unit disappointed this week, and could have another difficult matchup in Week 15, with the Bengals on the way. The Bengals put up just 20 points in an early-season matchup against the Steelers, but are coming off a 42-point outburst this week.