The Pittsburgh Steelers used a 25-point fourth quarter to blowout the Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium 42-21. The win moves the Steelers to 8-5 on the season and drop the Bengals to 8-4-1. Cleveland fell back 7-6 with a bad loss to Indianapolis while the Ravens kept pace at 8-5 with a win in Miami.
Let me take a minute to run through the good news and bad news of today’s victory.
Good News? The Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger had 350 yards passing.
Bad News? The defense gave up 322 to Andy Dalton.
Good News? The Steelers had 543 total yards.
Bad News? The defense gave up 408 total yards.
Good News? Martavis Bryant and Antonio Brown combined for over 200 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Bad News? The Bengals’ A.J. Green had 11 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown.
Let’s give credit where it’s due for this big road win. The offensive line, with Mike Adams starting his second straight game, surrendered zero sacks. That’s huge considering Roethlisberger’s banged up hand and recent problems with pressure up the middle.
Let’s also give some credit to the defense. Yes, the secondary was torched by A.J. Green but they also held the Bengals to 86 yards rushing and 3 of 11 on third down. This defense is not going to remind anyone of the Steel Curtain but if they can limit teams to little on third down that’s a good sign.
What more can I or anyone else say about Le’Veon Bell? 185 yards rushing and two touchdowns and he added six receptions for 50 yards and a score. I honestly don’t understand why he isn’t in the MVP discussion. Where wold this team be without him?
Hopefully the Steelers can keep this road magic going with their trip to Atlanta next week. The Falcons will be coming off of a Monday night game in Green Bay.
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