Football- Monday Night | Bengals hand Steelers third straight loss, 27-17

The closing undefeated crew withinside the NFL has now misplaced 3 immediately games.

The Cincinnati Bengals jumped all around the Pittsburgh Steelers early and held off a 2d 1/2 of rally in a 27-17 victory over the Steelers on Monday night time.   Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers Offense appeared absolutely damaged withinside the first 1/2 of because the Bengals jumped out to a 17-zero halftime lead.

The Steelers had forty yards in overall with 7 internet passing yards, first downs and 3 turnovers. Roethlisberger had finished simply 7-of-sixteen passes for 19 yards and an interception with fumbles and one misplaced. JuJu Smith-Schuster additionally misplaced a fumble as part of 3 first 1/2 of turnovers for Pittsburgh. Ryan Finley, Cincinnati’s 1/3 distinct beginning quarterback this season, didn’t do a good deal for the Bengals. But he didn’t must with the errors from the Steelers. Finley finished simply 7-of-thirteen passes for 89 yards. It become the primary victory for the Bengals after they had fewer than eighty internet passing yards considering the fact that a 14-zero win over the Cleveland Browns in December 2008 with Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. That recreation become performed in 18 tiers with 26 mph winds.

But Finley additionally rushed for forty seven yards and a landing to assist raise the Bengals to victory. Maybe greater importantly, he didn’t flip the ball over and the Bengals Defense saved the Steelers offense from producing.   All 17 first 1/2 of factors for Cincinnati got here off Pittsburgh turnovers.

A Roethlisberger fumble caused a 34-backyard Austin Seibert subject intention to take a 3-zero lead. Smith-Schuster fumbled off successful from Vonn Bell that caused a 4-backyard Giovani Bernard landing run to make a 10-zero lead. Roethlisberger become then picked off via way of means of Mackensie Alexander and 3 performs later, Finley hit Bernard for a 14-backyard rating to take a 17-zero lead.   Bernard had eighty three yards and a landing on 25 contains for Cincinnati.

The crippling errors disappeared withinside the 2d 1/2 of however the hollow for Pittsburgh become too large to climb out of.   Roethlisberger hit Diontae Johnson for a 23-backyard landing on Pittsburgh’s establishing power of the second one 1/2 of. Chris Boswell‘s 25-backyard subject intention on their subsequent power might reduce the result in seven.

Finley might then be left unaccounted for on a read-alternative run and scampered 23 yards for a landing early withinside the fourth zone to increase the lead returned to 2 touchdowns.   William Jackson dropped an interception for Cincinnati after which picked up a byskip interference name towards Johnson that moved the Steelers to the 1-backyard line. Benny Snell scored from a backyard out on the subsequent play because the Steelers pulled inside a landing. Pittsburgh might get one closing hazard with 2:18 remaining. However, they might cross four-and-out with Roethlisberger compelled right into a throw over the pinnacle of James Washington.

The turnover on downs gave a brief subject that allowed a 33-backyard subject intention from Seibert to push the margin to ten factors.   Roethlisberger did come to be simply the 7th quarterback in NFL records to attain 60,000 passing yards for his profession in the course of the performance. He completed the night time 20-of-38 for simply one hundred seventy yards with a landing, interception and misplaced fumble.

Heidi Phillips