The Rush: Steelers play like Muppets as they fall to Bengals for third straight loss

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their third straight game on Monday night to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-17, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney thinks his College Football Playoff semi-final opponent Ohio State is no better than 11th in the nation, and it’s Opening Night in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors taking on the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers squaring off against the Los Angeles Lakers. PLUS: LeBron James may not even be the best James on the court as his kids put on a show.

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KERMIT THE FROG: Hi, ho! And welcome to this special holiday edition of "Muppet Night Football." You know, Piggy, I never realized that you were such an avid football fan.

MISS PIGGY: Oh, I adore football, especially at the end of each play when the teams get together and cuddle.

KERMIT THE FROG: You mean huddle.

MISS PIGGY: Whatever.

JARED QUAY: Ryan Finley and the Bengals just beat the Steelers. Wait, Ryan who? Well, whoever he is, he ain't no Muppet.

ANIMAL: Football! Football! Football!

JARED QUAY: Can a Muppet do this?

- Second and 2. Finley will keep it right up the middle! Ryan Finley!

JARED QUAY: I don't think so. In fact, there didn't seem to be a single Muppet on this Bengals squad.

WALDORF: Oh, I sure wish that joke could have been intercepted.

[LAUGHTER]

JARED QUAY: Last week, Cincy safety Von Bell promised to let JuJu know it ain't cool to be dancing on the opponent's logo. And Bell surely followed through.

- Pressure from the Bengals. Roethlisberger-- JuJu Smith-Schuster is blown up!

JARED QUAY: And then the entire Bengals defense did its part keeping Big Ben in check. Hell, the Steelers were shut out in the first half. Roethlisberger says he plans to keep on playing next year. But after his first half, he probably was thinking--

FOZZIE BEAR: Why did the quarterback try to leave the game? Because the center kept telling him to take a hike!

JARED QUAY: The once 11 and 0 Steelers have now lost three straight, including a loss to the Joe Burrow-less Bengals. So maybe we know who the real Muppets are.

Ohio State probably doesn't need much more motivation going into a college football semifinal rematch against Clemson. But Tigers Coach Dabo Swinney provided some anyway. In his coaching poll, Dabo had Ohio State ranked all the way down at 11. 11. Ooh-hoo. Right behind Coastal Carolina and Cincinnati.

- That's brutal.

JARED QUAY: Yo, to put that in perspective, no other college coach them ranked lower than sixth.

- Ouch.

JARED QUAY: Earlier this month, Dabo said the number of games a program played really matters. So sorry, Ohio State. But your undefeated means nothing. Now grow up and be a good team that's ranked 11th in the nation and lose to Dabo's Tigers so we can see an Alabama rematch.

The NBA is back, baby. It's crazy. It was only gone for like two weeks. And tonight, we got two juicy match-ups with the Warriors taking on the Nets with their new superstar Kevin Durant-- finders keepers. Then after that, we got the battle for LA between the Clippers and the Lakers.

And it's perfect that these two games are opening the season because our experts at Yahoo think that the Nets and the Lakers are meeting in the finals. Me, personally, I think it's going to be the Lakers versus the Bucks. But what do you think about it, James Harden?

JAMES HARDEN: Next question.

JARED QUAY: Oh, come on. You ain't got to be mean, James Harden. It ain't like you gained some weight this offseason. Huh? Oh, nothing. But maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves because the Lakers haven't even collected their hardware from last year's championship, but they will tonight in front of their crosstown rivals. And we all know the Lakers are repeat next champions because they got the best players still on their team.

- OK. OK, Bronny. Hold on. Hey!

JARED QUAY: Yep, that's video LeBron's daughter, Zhuri, throwing alley-oops up to Bronny Jr. and sinking buckets of her own.

- Hey!

- Oh, yeah.

JARED QUAY: Oh, and they still got LeBron James.

- Here comes L-B-J!

JARED QUAY: Even LeBron's kids are ready for the NBA for crying out loud. And if that don't convince you, LeBron went full Nostradamus when he called off the great conjunction on Monday. That's were Saturn and Jupiter get real close in the sky for all you non-intellectuals. But if you're watching this show, you're intellectual because we get each other. Sure, some people are accusing The King of sounding like a 20-year-old girl.

- Whatever.

JARED QUAY: But LeBron might be onto something here. In fact, a bunch of people are thinking their superpowers are about to get real. You saw Zhuri in that video, right? See, LeBron knows what he's tapping into. LeBron will be able to predict the future.

You see that? It's like he time traveled in his mind and is still here in physical. Hey, LeBron? You think I'm going to be a millionaire?