Steelers Play Their Most Complete Game, Pull Away From Bengals In 29-14 Victory

In what began as an offensive game of hide and seek, as each team searched for a defensive stop early, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers who emerged victorious. After finding themselves tied at 14 early, the Steelers scored 15 unanswered points to win 29-14 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The first half of the Steelers vs Bengals matchup was not the offensive struggle many thought it would be. The Steelers jumped on the Bengals right from the jump as the team marched down the field and scored on their opening drive. A picture-perfect pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown gave the Steelers an early 7-0 lead.

The Bengals would answer back as Andy Dalton riffled a pass through the Steelers defense to Brandon LaFell to even up the score. The back and forth scoring would continue as JuJu Smith-Schuster’s 31-yard yard touchdown reception was immediately answered with another long touchdown drive by the Bengals offense.

While the Bengals tied it at 14, their defense simply could not stop the Steelers’ triple headed monster on offense. Roethlisberger enjoyed perhaps his finest performance of the season, throwing for two touchdowns and 224 yards. Brown chipped in as well, adding 65 receiving yards and a touchdown on the day.

A major reason for why the Steelers were able to pull apart from the Bengals is the play of their third offensive juggernaut, Le’Veon Bell. Just like in last week’s victory, the Steelers pounded Bell down the throat of the Bengals’ defense, punishing the Bengals into submission. Bell added 134 rushing yards and added another 58 receiving yards.

Though the Steelers’ defense may have been in hiding for a portion of the first half, the unit stiffened up during the second half as a couple of Dalton interceptions were able to push the Steelers lead to 26-14. The first interception fell into the hands of Joe Haden, his first as a member of the Steelers. The second went to William Gay, his third career interception against the Bengals. After throwing for 106 yards in the first half, Dalton was limited to just 36 passing yards in the second half.

Though the Bengals would be gifted many opportunities to crawl back into the game due to the short yard ineffectiveness by the Steelers’ offense, the Keith Butler led defense made sure to turn up the heat to prevent a comeback. The Steelers sacked Dalton four times on the day with Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, Cameron Heyward and Tyson Alualu each adding a sack to their totals.

While the offense jumped in front and the defense held it together, it was the Steelers’ special teams that iced the game. With just over six minutes remaining, the Steelers dialled up a fake punt and executed it perfectly. After receiving the direct snap, Robert Golden threw a Roethlisberger-like deep ball to Darrius Heyward-Bey, who brought it down for a 44-yard gain.

After a physical win over their AFC North rivals, the Steelers move two games ahead of the Baltimore Ravens for first place in the North. Next up for the Steelers is a road trip to Detroit next Sunday to take on the Lions, their final game before their bye week.

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Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • Chris92021

    Robert Golden, backup quarterback!!

  • Crashcrash777

    Looks like Golden is gonna be asking for quarterback money now.

  • Great game today. Redzone offense still needs some work, but 1 penalty for 5 yards, 0 sacks given up, 4 sacks forced, +2 in turnover differential.

    Another big day for 26 and Boz!

  • #7

    Excellent and thorough win that all 3 units had a hand in. Pretty dominant performance.

  • CP72

    This pass defense is for real.

  • #7

    Amazing what a pass rush can do for a defense

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I heard he wants to be paid as a backup safety AND a backup Qb.

  • CP72

    Yep. Some of these 1st round picks are starting to play like it.

  • StolenUpVotes

    The plan has come together

  • CP72

    Andy Dalton waived the white flag at the end.

  • EdJHJr

    Ya good game but should have been 37 14. Did not get any points off turnovers either

  • StolenUpVotes

    An old fashion butt whopping. Offense came out firing. Defense shut them down while the offense salted the clock away and came away with points about every time. Special teams helping secure those points.

  • John Noh

    Joe Haden is an Avogadro’s Number better than Ross Cockrell.

  • dany

    I’m certain they got 3 after the Haden int, dunno about Gay’s

  • nikgreene

    It’s true. Bill Barnwell is already working on an article about how the Steelers should structure Golden’s next contract.

  • nikgreene

    I feel like it could have been an even bigger victory considering the Steelers continued struggles in the red zone (1 of 3 today) and their inability to convert on the four million short yard chances in the second half. That said, great game today.

  • Chad Sanborn

    didn’t we have 5 RZ trips?

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    move golden to qb, shazier to safety, and haley to the garbage can.

  • nikgreene

    True. Thanks for the correction.

  • Alan Tman

    You know I don’t think I have ever complained about Haley, but what in the hell was he thinking running a sweep right before the half? Also I think I predicted over 60 sacks and 16 interceptions. We are on pace plus the offense isn’t even giving them big leads yet.