The Cincinnati Bengals made all of the important plays when it came down to the clutch. In a game dominated by defense on Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers proved they don’t have an offense to contend with quality NFL teams. Last Sunday, Pittsburgh was held to nine points, and on September 16, they were held to 10 points. Even for a top ranked defense, 19 points in two games will never get it done. The final score was 20-10.
Pittsburgh only gained 44 yards rushing and a late drive netted 234 yards passing by Ben Roethlisberger. Otherwise, the offense was stymied all night long. The Steelers had two turnovers and the David Paulson catch, run, and fumble disrupted any rhythm Pittsburgh mustered.
Neither quarterback played particularly well on Monday. Andy Dalton had 20 incomplete passes and repeatedly missed targets. Still, the offense performed nice enough to earn the victory.
Rookie running back Gio Bernard looks like the real deal for the Cincinnati Bengals. With two touchdowns, and 65 yards on nine touches, Bernard was a difference maker.
A.J. Green did not have a big game, and he seemed to not be on the same page with Andy Dalton. Instead, it was the tight ends that did the bulk of the damage in the passing game. Combined, Eifert and Gresham caught nine passes for 132 yards.
Mike Tomlin is 0-2 for the first time as Steelers head coach. During the press conference, Tomlin stated that the Bengals were the “better team tonight.” If they don’t fix their offensive problems quick, their postseason hopes will be gone sooner than later.