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Steelers Move to 9-0 After Defeating Bengals

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their win streak and moved to 9-0 after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals at home on Sunday.

Steelers Defeat Bengals in Blowout Game

To start Sunday’s matchup, the teams were faced with strong winds and some rain. The weather contributed to a slow start, but eventually things began to go well for Pittsburgh.

The Steelers were the first to put points on the board with a 41-yard field goal from Chris Boswell. The field goal was the result of a fumble recovery on a Bengals punt return.

Pittsburgh’s first touchdown of the day came near the end of the first quarter. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 12-yard pass to Diontae Johnson to put the Steelers up 12-0. Pittsburgh attempted a two-point conversion, but the pass to wide receiver Chase Claypool was incomplete.

Following that drive, a pass from Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to wide receiver Tee Higgins led to another Cincinnati fumble. This one was forced by Steelers cornerback Cam Sutton and recovered by Steven Nelson.

The Bengals scored their first points in the second quarter with a touchdown pass from Burrow to Higgins.

Shortly after, Pittsburgh scored again with a pass to wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Pittsburgh’s scoring in the second half was dominated by Claypool. With two touchdowns in Sunday’s matchup, the rookie now has seven on the season.

The game resulted in a Steelers win with a final score of 36-10.

Key Takeaways for the Steelers

One of the biggest takeaways from Week 10 for Pittsburgh is their ability to handle COVID-19 protocols. The team had two players test positive, but managed to keep all other players safe and healthy.

After not practicing all week, Roethlisberger threw for 333 yards and four touchdowns.

“We had a number of significant guys that weren’t allowed to come to work, you know, we were working remotely from a meeting standpoint,” head coach Mike Tomlin said in his postgame press conference. “It’s good to kind of face that and persevere and come and have that type of performance.”

While the Steelers totaled four touchdowns, a few field goals also significantly contributed to the team’s scoring. Boswell had three on the day that moved him up to 25 consecutive field goals made. This is the longest active streak in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh defense was sharp as ever in regard to third-down conversions. Cincinnati’s offense was unable to convert on any of their 13 third-down opportunities.

“We were really good on the possession downs and I thought that that defined the day for the group,” Tomlin said.

Featured Image Courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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