WATCH: Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell scores on embarrassing Bengals error
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is intimidating to tackle in the open field, but what the Cincinnati Bengals defense allowed him to do on Monday night genuinely defies all logic.
Bell took a check-down pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the third quarter and used a hesitation step to get by Bengals linebacker Jordan Evans for a first down. Then things got really weird.
Evans continued pursuing Bell, got his hands on the running back near the sidelines and attempted to push him out of bounds. At the same time, Bengals cornerback William Jackson III closed off the sideline and boxed Bell in when he suddenly decided that Evans had it covered and appeared to try to get out of the way.
If he stands there and puts his hands on Bell at all, the Steelers star is forced out of bounds and the play is over. Instead, Jackson actually jumps out of the way to make sure he doesn’t make contact and Bell escapes up the sideline for a touchdown.
Bell hadn’t squared him up to run him over. Bell didn’t have to even make a move. He simply tiptoed down the sideline and kept his balance before rumbling for the score.
— NFL (@NFL) December 5, 2017
It was an embarrassing moment for the Bengals defense. Evans’ attempt to tackle Bell wasn’t particularly great, but at least he gave an effort.
Jackson’s actions on the play are genuinely puzzling and make no sense whatsoever. Yet he has the audacity to turn and look back to Evans as if it’s his fault.
The touchdown has allowed the Steelers right back into the game, as they now trail the Bengals by a score of 17-10. A win means the Steelers can clinch the AFC North with a win over the Baltimore Ravens whereas the Bengals need a win to stay in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race.