Dri Archer attempted to return two kickoffs in the first half – one went for 15 yards and the other for 19 yards – and on both of them Cedric Peerman, who came into the game leading the Bengals in special teams tackles, ran down the field totally unblocked to make the tackle.
A different step here or there, another cut here or there, Dri Archer feels like he could have taken a kickoff back for a touchdown this season. As is, Archer is doing a pretty good job of it. He ranks 12th in the NFL at 26.7 per return after a career-best 38 yarder last week in Kansas City and the Steelers rank 11th in starting field position at 28.92. "It's something we've been improving on," Archer said. "We've got to keep working on it and the big play will come." Archer credits the blocking in front of him and to up-back Jordan Todman, who coach Mike Tomlin singled out for praise this week. "He's a big part of it," Archer said. "He's the alt-returner. He has to make sure that I secure the catch, keep guys off me as far as leading up to the hole. He's doing a great job of it and I've been following him."
RETURNS: Dri Archer's 35-yard kickoff return to begin the second half was a career long (for any touch by him), and it gave the Steelers decent field position that might have somewhat jumpstarted the slumbering offense.