The Steelers won their first divisional matchup in the AFC North on Sunday. The team was able to defeat the Bengals 24-17 in Cincinnati. The Steelers won with an effective offense running and passing and a defense that is stepping it up despite missing Troy Palomalu. The Bengals got off to a great start and led 14-0 early, but quickly let things get out of hand after the first quarter and a half. The Steelers move to 3-3 on the season thanks to the much-needed win to stay afloat in their division. The Bengals, meanwhile, fall to 3-4.
Pittsburgh’s comeback began in the second quarter when they scored 11 points to tie the game going into the half. Ben Roethlisburger had a good game in the end with 278 yards and a touchdown. His TD went to Heath Miller who got a big HEEATH chant from the crowd, as Pittsburgh fans travel as good as any in the league. Ben missed only ten passes, which included one that went to the Bengals for an interception. He got a huge boost from his running game led by newcomer Dwyer who ended the game with 122 yards. The combo of run and pass with a strong defense got them the win, but the rushing game really set up most everything.
The Bengals flew out of the game with touchdowns to AJ Green and a rushing score from Peerman. They then let the Steelers tie the game before halftime and only scored 3 points in the second half. Andy Dalton was held to just 105 yards while AJ GREEN had just the one catch in the game. The rushing game did not fair too much better as they combined for just 80 yards between 4 rushers. Judging by the numbers, it is a miracle they were even in the game.