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Steelers Beat Bengals In Crucial AC North Matchup

While the Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten off to a difficult start to the 2018 season, the Cincinnati Bengals have burst out to a 4-1 start.  With a victory over the Steelers today, the Bengals could have made a big statement and taken control of the AFC North division.  But, as has been the case for years now, the Steelers got the best of the Bengals in Cincinnati, beating their division rivals by a 28-21 score.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 369 yards and one touchdown for Pittsburgh, while James Conner continued to be the workhouse for this offense, rushing for 111 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns.  JuJu Smith-Schuster led the offense with seven receptions for 111 yards, while Antonio Brown had 105 yards and a touchdown.  Vance McDonald also had a big game, catching seven balls for 68 yards.

Cincinnati scored the game’s first touchdown – a two yard pass from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd to make it 7-0 in the first quarter.  Pittsburgh tied the game with a 10 play, 85 yard drive, capped off by a one yard touchdown run by Conner.

The two teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter.  A one yard score by Conner gave the Steelers the lead, but another scoring throw from Dalton to Boyd, this time from 14 yards out, tied the game at halftime.

It was an offensive struggle for both teams in the third quarter, as a Chris Boswell field goal to give the Steelers a 17-14 lead was the only score.  The fourth quarter would prove to be much more offensive minded for both teams, setting the scene for a wild finish.

A 10 play, 87 yard drive by Pittsburgh was capped by a 24 yard field goal by Boswell to make it 20-14.  The Bengals marched down the field, though, and scored to take the lead, 21-20.  Unfortunately for Cincinnati, they left too much time on the clock for Roethlisberger & Co.

Ben moved the offense down the field for a 7 play, 72 yard drive, including the game-winning toss to Brown from 31 yards out.  Much to the dismay of the Cincinnati crowd, the Steelers walked off with a 28-21 win.

This was a huge victory for the Pittsburgh team.  Sure, this one hurts for the Bengals, as they were looking to take a stranglehold on the division, and now they have fallen back to the rest of the pack.  But for the Steelers, a loss today would have put themselves in a huge hold in terms of playoff contention.  With the win, they are right in the middle of the division battle now.

After a bye week, the Steelers will return to action at Heinz Field, hosting the Cleveland Browns.

Overall Record: 3-2-1

Next Game: Sunday October 28th vs. Cleveland Browns 1:00pm CBS

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor