Quick Hits: Bengals Watching Evolution of QB And Head Coach; Chase Still Mirroring Goals; Where Were You On Dec. 2 (1990)? 

WHERE WERE YOU ON DECEMBER 2? Make that Dec. 2, 1990. Paul Dehner, Jr. of The Athletic did his due diligence and on Wednesday asked some of the players and Taylor if they knew the last time the Bengals beat the Steelers three times in a row.

They didn’t. But talk about an ugly style. It was a brutal 16-12 affair at old Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on the way to the Bengals’ last AFC Central title. They completed a series sweep holding the Steelers to four Gary Anderson field goals in a game Tim Krumrie recovered a fumble, James Francis had a sack and Mitchell Price had an interception. The Bengals rushed for 165 yards, Boomer Esiason hit Eddie Brown with a 50-yard touchdown pass in a secondary that had Rod Woodson at cornerback and the only guys left that covered it are Bengals radio analyst Dave Lapham and a wayward scribe that punched out a tome for the now defunct Cincinnati Post. And Dehner, who started all this, was ten.

“Wow. I wasn’t even born,” said Bates, who was seven years later. “I’m a Midwestern guy. I’ve always heard of the Steelers, Ravens, Bengals type of game. Yeah, people are aware what this game means. Not to our season this year, but bragging rights for fans and the city and to Mr. (Mike) Brown. Upstairs. Everybody in this organization. This game. Any game in the division…

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