CINCINNATI — The Pittsburgh Steelers were dominated in every imaginable way in a 41-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, the worst loss of head coach Mike Tomlin’s career.
The 31-point margin of defeat was tied for the most for the Steelers since losing 51-0 to the Cleveland Browns in 1989, and stands as tied for the second-worst loss in team history. They also lost by 31 points to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016.
The Steelers’ offense failed to execute repeatedly, with Ben Roethlisberger intercepted twice and fumbling once. He threw 27 times for just 155 yards and a 35.3 passer rating, the fifth-worst of his career.
On defense, the Steelers were gashed for a career-high 165 yards on the ground by Joe Mixon. Joe Burrow needed to pass just 24 times and completed 20 for 190 yards and a score.
The Bengals punted just twice in the game, and scored on all but three possessions, with the exception being a Minkah Fitzpatrick interception just before the first half. Roethlisberger threw a pick six to former Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton on the next play.
Cincinnati scored on each of its first four possessions and led 24-3. The Steelers never threatened offensively until the game’s waning moments, when Roethlisberger threw to Pat Freiermuth in the corner on the end zone.
The Steelers have now lost two in a row and tied the Detroit Lions after winning four in a row to climb out of the three-game hole they started the season in.
They were swept by the Bengals for the first time since 2009 and fell to 1-2 in AFC North games.