PITTSBURGH — In a game that started off sloppy, both because of the weather and the play on the field, the Steelers eventually managed to separate themselves from the Bengals, airing it out for a 36 to 10 win at Heinz Field.
Cincinnati’s defense held the powerful Pittsburgh offense in check most of the first quarter. Chris Boswell connected on a couple field goals, one thanks to a Bengals fumble, but quarterback Roethlisberger eventually found his many weapons, throwing for 333 yards with 27 completions off 46 attempts. Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool (twice) all found themselves in the end zone throughout the game, grabbing Roethlisberger’s 4 touchdown passes. Roethlisberger’s touchdown passes set a franchise record for games with multiple touchdown passes and moved him into 8th place on the NFL’s all-time list.
While Joe Burrow was able to complete some big plays, like a 51 yard bomb to Tee Higgins in the first half, TJ Watt and company proved to be too much for the star rookie quarterback out of LSU to handle. And unlike some of the Steelers previous opponents, Cincinnati failed to make it competitive late, as Pittsburgh earned one of their most convincing and dominating wins of the year. Burrow finished the game going 21 for 40 for 213 yards and 1 touchdown pass. He was sacked 4 times.
The Steelers continue their remarkable undefeated start to the 2020 season, now sitting at 9-0. It’s even possible Pittsburgh could still get better, and most importantly healthier, as the season progresses. Corner back Mike Hilton missed another game despite wide speculation he would return in the team’s first home game in a month to face Cincinnati.
Mike Tomlin’s team goes back on the road next week when the Steelers travel to Jacksonville to take on the struggling Jaguars. Odds will certainly favor Pittsburgh picking up double digit wins, something the Steelers have not accomplished in 3 years, on Sunday, November 22nd. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm. and the game will be broadcast on CBS (KDKA locally).