The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10 after the first half of play in their Week 10 matchup in Paul Brown Stadium. Both defenses have played well and even though the Bengals got off to an extremely slow and poor start, they got things going again, both on offense and defense and are still in position to win the game in the second half.
Here is a recap of how the Bengals came to trail the Steelers by 10 at halftime.
The Bengals looked ugly, both on offense and defense, to start the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 10. The Steelers won the toss and elected to defer, giving the Ball to the Bengals first. Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense took the field and weren't able to go anywhere. They managed to move the ball two yards on three plays to start the game and punted the ball to the Steelers, who quickly jumped out to a lead.
The Steelers took over at their own 46-yard line and drove down the field with ease. On the eighth play of the drive, Ben Roethlisberger found Jerricho Cotchery open in the end zone and got him the ball to give the Steelers a quick 7-0 lead.
The Bengals got the ball back and again were forced into a three-and-out. This time they managed six yards on three plays and were forced to punt it again.
The Steelers kept piling it on in their second drive. They went 78 yards on nine plays and punched the ball into the end zone with a short run from Rashard Mendenhall.
It wasn't until the Bengals third possession that they started to show some life. Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense managed to push the ball down the field to the 36-yard line where Dalton threw a jump ball up to A.J. Green in the end zone. Green jumped up over safety Troy Polamalu and came down with the ball to give the Bengals their first touchdown of the game. He landed awkwardly on his knee but he was soon jogging on the sideline and returned to the game on the next offensive series.
The Steelers got the ball back and turned it over quickly. Roethlisberger threw a pass out into the flat to tight end Heath Miller who bobbled the pass. As he batted it around, Leon Hall closed in and stole the ball away, intercepting it.
The Bengals offense took the field and were able to move the ball down the field to get into field goal range before the drive stalled. Bengals kicker Mike Nugent kicked the ball through the uprights to narrow the Steelers lead to just four.
The Steelers were then stopped on their next drive after managing zero yards on three plays and were forced to punt the ball back to the Bengals.
Andy Dalton and the offense came back on the field with all the momentum but after only managing 16 yards on five plays, they were forced to punt the ball away.
The Steelers, thanks to some tough catches by Antonio Brown, were able to move the ball down the field against the Bengals defense. They were in the red zone with just over a minute left to play in the first half. Leon Hall was injured on the drive and left to go to the locker room.
Just when it looked like the Steelers might score another touchdown, defensive lineman Geno Atkins burst through the offensive line and brought Roethlisberger down in the backfield for the team's third sack of the game. The Steelers were forced to kick a field goal instead of scoring a touchdown to give the Steelers a 17-10 lead with 58 seconds left in the half.
The Bengals looked like they were going to try to move the ball through the air to start the last drive of the first half but after an incomplete pass on first down, they decided to let the clock run down. They were forced to punt with seven seconds left on the clock and time ran out as Kevin Huber punted the ball out of bounds.
Through the first half, the Steelers 222 total yards to the Bengals' 121 but the score is still close and the Bengals can still come out in the second half and prove to the NFL that they deserve the top spot in the division.