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Steelers Grab Road Win Against Bengals

Sunday afternoon marked game one of the post Matt Canada era for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Many were happy about the move, because it is not like the offense could get much worse.  That proved to be correct, as Pittsburgh’s offense would eclipse over 400 yards of offense for the first time since 2020.  More importantly they would get a 16-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals and move from the 7th to the 5th seed in the AFC playoff standings.

After a scoreless first quarter, Chris Boswell gave the Steelers a three-point lead with 12:44 remaining in the half on a 41-yard field goal.  Cincinnati would march down the field on the next drive to take their lone lead of the day when Jake Browning threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Drew Sample.

With 1:38 left in the third quarter Najee Harris put Pittsburgh up 10-7 when he rushed for a 5-yard touchdown pass.  Boswell would increase that lead to six and then nine with 34- and 33-yard field goals in the fourth quarter.  The Bengals would get the final points of the day when Evan McPherson booted a 47-yard field goal with a little over two minutes remaining.

Even though it would have been nice to see a couple of those field goals go for touchdowns, it was obvious that the offense was utilizing the entire field today.  Kenny Pickett would go 24-33 for 278 yards, with Pat Freiermuth leading all receivers with 120 yards on nine receptions.  Along with his touchdown, Harris would gain 99 yards on 15 carriers.  Hopefully Harris and Jaylen Warren can continue to be a two headed monster for the run game.

The defense did a great job keeping Cincinnati quarterback Browning from getting comfortable in the pocket all day.  He would be sacked four times today with T.J. Watt leading the way with two.  Elandon Roberts led the team with six tackles.  Trenton Thompson grabbed the lone interception on the day, returning it for six yards.

Pittsburgh will return home next week to take on the Arizona Cardinals.  Hopefully another week with offensive adjustments will allow more points to be scored and some pressure to be taken off the defense.  If the Steelers hope to not just make the playoffs, but make some noise once there, that will be a necessity.  A favorable schedule down the stretch will also give them time to make the proper changes.

Overall Record:  7-4

Zane Heiple

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