The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 36-10 to continue their undefeated season. It was a dominant performance in all three phases by the home team.
Pittsburgh was able to command against the cats the entire game. Turnovers via special teams allowed the Steelers to jump in front early with two field goals. The offense would follow that up with a nice touchdown drive by veteran Ben Roethlisberger. Both he and wideout Diontae Johnson were clicking and totaled over 100 yards and a touchdown before halftime.
When the Steelers offense wasn’t clicking, the defense was. Rookie standout Joe Burrow had no answers throughout the game against this dominant defense. Mike Tomlin’s team was able to impose their will between first and third downs but also special teams. Ray-Ray McCloud had some amazing punt returns and one that was almost returned for a touchdown before the game concluded.
Roethlisberger was cooking all night long against the Bengals.
Ben Roethlisberger was the player of the game for the black and yellow in this matchup He was just masterful in the way he exposed the questionable Bengals secondary all game long. Even though he was not able to practice all week due to Covid protocols, he was able to find his grove.
It was not the best start for him or the offense but the connections began to happen after a few miscues. The veteran was able to torch the jungle cat foes and do whatever he wanted. Big Ben spread the ball out to every receiver and allowed them to make amazing plays. His ball placement was on point for the majority of the game.
The slinging quarterback had to take the reigns after the rushing offense was again totally lost. James Conner had nowhere to go almost every time he was given a handoff but Roethlisberger was able to help. He started to call the shots and move the ball effectively. There is no question that his healed elbow is back to full strength and the league should take notice if they haven’t already.
Roethlisberger concluded with stats of 333 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, 58% completion rate, and a quarterback rating of 110.1. It was a dominant performance for the Miami Redhawk product. He was able to do what he wanted to against this orange and black rival. His play along with his fellow teammates is what kept their undefeated season alive for another week.
Ben Roethlisberger was the player of the game in this one against the Bengals. It was a dominant performance all around and this team should be very proud going forward.