TROY POLAMALUStrong Safety
He got the Steelers started with a big play, and then he ended the Bengals' hopes with another.
Just another day at the office for Troy Polamalu. Or as Coach Mike Tomlin said after the game, "No one is playing as well as Troy Polamalu in football right now, in my opinion. When we need a play, he provides it. And he did that today."
Polamalu's interception and 45-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter got his team to a 7-7 tie, and then his interception at the goal line with two minutes left in the same sealed the 23-7 victory that raised the Steelers' record to 10-3.
Polamalu is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.
Also considered were LaMarr Woodley, who had a 14-yard interception return for a touchdown to up the Steelers' lead to 20-7 early in the fourth quarter, plus five tackles and two sacks; James Farrior, who led the team with 10 tackles; Brett Keisel, who had six tackles and batted a pass at the line of scrimmage; Hines Ward, who caught eight passes for 115 yards; and Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 21-of-33 for 258 yards, while adding another 23 yards on three rushes.