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GAMEDAY: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) At Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

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Bengals Drop To 3-4 In 24-17 Loss To The Steelers

The Cincinnati Bengals started well but then collapsed in the second half, losing the game... and self-respect.


Rainey Puts Steelers On Top By Seven

The Steelers took a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter, leading the Bengals by a score of 24-17 in Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday Night Football. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers finished off an eight play, 67-yard drive when running back Chris Rainey plunged into the end zone from 11 yards out. The drive just 4:42 off the clock, beginning in the third quarter and was made possible mostly by two third-and-long conversions allowed by the Bengals secondary.

First Roethlisberger completed a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown on a third-and-eight play to keep the drive alive and then he completed a 31-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders on a third-and-six. Also, despite the fact that the Steelers' top two running backs are out, Rainey has been a part of a fairly successful running attack that has racked up 91 yards at this point in the game.

The Bengals get the ball back with just over 14 minutes left in the game, which is plenty of time to either tie the game and take back the momentum, or shoot themselves in the foot. Hopefully the first thing happens.


Steelers Tie The Game Following 42-Yard Field Goal

What is it with the third quarter? Following a reasonably productive Bengals possession, which led to a 48-yard field goal to take a 17-14 lead early in the second half, the Steelers pushed the football.

On first down from the Bengals 35-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger fires a fast ball to Antonio Brown with Adam Jones covering, picking up 20 yards to the Benagls 41-yard line. Mike Wallace takes the end around, down the right sidelines for another 13 yard gain.

Then it was over.

Geno Atkins dominated Willie Colon for an eight-yard quarterback sack...

...followed by a 12-yard Mike Wallace reception and incomplete deep down the right sidelines.

Shaun Suisham converts the 42-yard field goal, tying the game at 17.


Center Jeff Faine On Sidelines With Leg Injury

After the Bengals lost Kyle Cook for an extended period of time, they signed 10-year veteran Jeff Faine. Faine has started every game so far this season, but is now on the sidelines due to what the announcers called a hamstring injury. When the camera showed him on the sidelines, he was standing there without his helmet on but didn't appear to be worked on by the medical staff.

Robinson, the backup center and right guard, was an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame. He stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 305 pounds. He played in all four preseason games, and saw action after week three on special teams. It is currently unclear as to whether or not Faine will be back in this game or not, and if he isn't it's likely the Steelers defense will likely try to pick on Robinson to pressure Dalton.

This is the kind of opportunity that allow college free agents the opportunity to shine in the NFL and show why they deserved to be drafted. Stay tuned for updates on Faine's injury.


Nugent 48-Yard FG Gives Bengals 17-14 Lead

Brandon Tate opened the second half with a nice 45-yard kickoff return, angling near the right sidelines before he's tackled at Cincinnati's 38-yard line.

It started promising with a third-and-four conversion with 13 minutes remaining in the third quarter, hitting rookie Mohamed Sanu out of the slot for a 17-yard pick up, pushing the offense onto Pittsburgh's side of the field.

Yet we have a problem. It stalled.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis combined for nine yards rushing on consecutive runs, reaching the Steelers 30-yard line. Andy Dalton tries a deep pass down the middle of the field, tipped by Keenan Lewis that likely saved a touchdown.

Mike Nugent converted the 48-yard field goal, giving Cincinnati a 17-14 lead.


SECOND HALF OPEN THREAD: Steelers at Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers come out of half time with a 14-point tie.


The Bengals and Steelers are tied at halftime

After the first half of play in Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday Night Football, the Cincinnati Bengals are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers at 14. Through the first two quarters, both teams have had a few misques, but the Steelers are by far and away the team that has made the more costly mistakes. Not only did Mike Wallace drop two wide open first-down passes, but running back Baron Batch dropped a wide open pass thrown from a wide receiver on a trick play that, if he had caught it, would have resulted in a guaranteed touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger also through an interception to Chris Crocker in the end zone and he also fumbled, losing the ball to Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry.

The Bengals aren't without their fare share of mistakes. After taking a 14-6 lead, the Bengals got the ball back and were threatening to take a commanding 21-6 lead heading into halftime. However, Andy Dalton had a pass tipped and intercepted by Steelers outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley. This led to a touchdown pass thrown by Roethlisberger to tight end Heath Miller, bringing the score to 14-12. The Steelers then went for the two-point conversion, where Rothlisberger found Miller in the end zone again, tying the game.

While the Bengals outplayed the Steelers through the majority of the first half, the Steelers are obviously not the kind of team that they can let hang around. The Bengals decided to let Dalton run out the clock to end the first half, content with a tie ballgame. Dalton and company will get the ball back to start the second half and the best possible thing that they could do would be to come out fast and put some points on the board, preferably in the form of a touchdown, to set the tone for the second half.

The Bengals were led by Dalton, who was 10 of 14 for 65 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the first half, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who has 46 yards on 10 carries and Jermaine Gresham, who has three catches for 19 yards. A.J. Green also has a touchdown catch, which is his sixth game in a row with a score.

The Steelers were led by Roethlisberger, who was 15 for 21 for 138 yards, a touchdown and an interception, Jonathan Dwyer, who has 52 yards on eight carries and Antonio Brown, who has 60 yards on five catches.


Steelers Tie Game Off Turnover; 14-14.

Just when it seemed that the Bengals would take a stranglehold on the game, they did what they do best--shoot themselves in the foot. In another example of sloppiness on Sunday night, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton's odd interception was the sloppiest of them all.

The Steelers had a short field to work with in a short amount of time and took advantage. While the Bengals played a "bend but don't break" defense, they broke right before the half. After churning out some tough yards, the Steelers scored a touchdown on a five-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Heath Miller. After a weird clock malfunction on their two-point conversion attempt, Roethlisberger found Miller again to tie the game at 14-14.

On another note, the attendees of Paul Brown Stadium should be ashamed at the volume of "HEATH" chants. Bengals will sit on it before the half.


Woodley Picks Off Dalton Inside Two Minutes

The Cincinnati Bengals, holding onto a 14-6 lead, reached the 20-yard line following a touchback on the ensuing kickoff after a Shaun Suisham 47-yard conversion. Consecutive passes to Ryan Whalen (8) and Jermaine Gresham (1) set up a third and one from Cincinnati's 29-yard line, which BenJarvus Green-Ellis converted with a two-yard run.

Two minute warning.

An incomplete on first down -- tipped at the line of scrimmage -- led to a 14-yard Jermaine Gresham middle tight end screen.

On first and ten from the Bengals 45-yard line with 1:30 remaining, Andy Dalton cocks his arm for the throw but decides to bring the football down. Yet the football escapes Dalton's grasp, hits Kevin Zeitler and pops up in the air for LaMarr Woodley to intercept the football.

The Steelers linebacker returned it 11 yards to Cincinnati's 29-yard line.


Steelers Inch Closer With Field Goal, 14-6

Have you ever seen so many drops in one football game? Mike Wallace has more drops (four) than catches (two) and the Steelers' drive in the second quarter showcased that once again. The Bengals' defense is playing a bend but don't break type of gameplan and continue to end up on the fortunate side of things.

On a third down, Ben Roethlisberger slid in the pocket and flung one into the end zone to Wallace. Bengals cornerback Leon Hall was on the coverage and it initially looked as if he had the interception, but he grazed the ball forcing another drop by Wallace.

The drop forced a 47-yard field goal attempt by Shaun Suisham and he converted to cut the Bengals lead 14-6. The Bengals currently hold the ball with under two minutes left in the first half.


Green Eight-Yard Touchdown Gives Bengals 14-3 Lead

An offensive hold negated Antonio Brown's 33-yard punt return, which would have started Pittsburgh's ensuing possession to Cincinnati's 44-yard line. Instead Ben Roethlisberger fakes the handoff to running back Jonathan Dwyer.

As he's bringing the football down, the football hits Devon Still's helmet, forcing the fumble which Wallace Gilberry recovers at the Steelers eight-yard line.

After a review upheld the play, Andy Dalton hits A.J. Green on a slant for a touchdown, giving the Bengals a 14-3 lead with 8:29 remaining in the first half.


Bengals Force First Turnover On Roethlisberger Int

After the Bengals took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter, the Steelers opened the second quarter determined to take back the lead. In 12 plays, the moved the ball 70 yards and were threatening to score from the Bengals' nine-yard line. That's when Ben Roethlisberger dropped back, took his time, fired a pass right into the waiting hands of safety Chris Crocker.

The pass was meant for tight end Heath Miller, who was in double coverage, and Crocker, being the stellar safety that we all remember, pretty much just wrestled the ball right away from him before going down in a pile in their own end zone for a touchback.

The Bengals now have an opportunity to add to their four point lead by driving down the field and adding another quick score. It should be noted as well that this Steelers driver included two dropped passes, one by wide receiver Mike Wallace (his second on the day so far) and the other by running back Baron Batch. Batch's dropped pass was on a wide receiver pass that, if caught, would have been a guaranteed touchdown.


Bengals Take 7-3 Lead On Peerman Touchdown

The Bengals responded well to the Steelers' first scoring drive, using a bit of balance and exploiting Pittsburgh's inability to get off of the field on third down. They paired eight runs with seven passes to cap an 80-yard scoring drive.

The big play of the drive was a BenJarvus Green-Ellis conversion on fourth and one when they were deep in the Steelers' territory. The Law Firm was superb on the drive, with 49 yards on nine carries. Former fourth string running back, Cedric Peerman, finished the drive with a physical touchdown run. Peerman was pressed into service because of injuries to Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard.

It was a great drive that displayed something that the Bengals' offense hasn't been able to do so far in 2012--namely sustain a long drive and chew the clock. The Bengals lead 7-3 midway through the first quarter.


WR Jones Out For The Game With A Knee

Cincinnati Bengals rookie wide receiver Marvin Jones suffered an apparently knee injury. He's out for the rest of the game.

The injury was reportedly suffered during Pittsburgh's kickoff after the Steelers converted a 42-yard field goal during their game-opening possession.


Steelers Take 3-0 Lead On 42-Yard Field Goal

After Chris Rainey returned the opening kickoff to Pittsburgh's 40-yard line, the Steelers offense begins the game with consecutive bubble screens to Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, picking up a combined 11 yards and the first down.

With over 14 minutes remaining in the first quarter, Vontaze Burfict breaks through the line of scrimmage, dropping Wallace for a six-yard loss on an end-around setting up a second-and-16.

Yet the Steelers, with their insane league-leading third down conversion rate, recovers.

Jonathan Dwyer picked up seven yards behind a massive push from the Steelers offensive line, setting up a third and nine from Cincinnati's 48-yard line. Despite bringing at least six during the run, Roethlisberger slings a fast ball down the left hashmarks on an in-route for 23 yards to Antonio Brown with Adam Jones covering.

Eventually the Steelers opening possession stalls, following a limited one-yard gain stuffed by Domata Peko, and consecutive incomplete passes to Mike Wallace, Shaun Suisham converts the 42-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead.


The Bengals Captains Against The Steelers

Cincinnati's captains during Sunday Night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers are wide receiver A.J. Green, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, defensive end Michael Johnson and linebacker Vinnie Rey.

Roethlisberger called tails and it came up heads. Bengals defer and the Steelers will open the game on offense.


Steelers Inactive List Includes Center Pouncey

The Pittsburgh Steelers had an extensive injury list Friday afternoon, listing safety Troy Polamalu, running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, linebacker Chris Carter and offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert as out.

Maurkice Pouncey, who suffered a knee injury against the Titans, was limited on Thursday and Friday and listed as questionable during Friday's injury report. However he stood on the side in a hoodie while linemates stretched, meaning he's out tonight. Doug Legursky is starting in his place.

Also rookie Mike Adam is expected to start at right tackle for Gilbert.

Quarterback Charlie Batch is the seventh inactive player for Sunday Night's game.


WR Whalen To Make 2012 Debut Against Pittsburgh

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ryan Whalen will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Whalen had spent the first six games on the inactive list as the team's seventh receiver. However Armon Binns suffered an ankle injury at some point during the week, listed as probable during Friday's injury report.

Whalen, selected in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL draft, has four career games under his belt with four receptions for 27 yards receiving in his career -- including a three-reception performance in Week 16 against the Arizona Cardinals.


Bengals Inactive List Against Pittsburgh

We knew earlier this week that running back Brian Leonard, listed as doubtful following Friday's practice, would likely miss Sunday's game against the Steelers with a rib injury that he suffered against the Cleveland Browns. That leaves BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Cedric Peerman and Chris Pressley as the team's only running backs.

A somewhat surprising inactive is linebacker Dontay Moch, who missed practiced on Wednesday for the birth of his daughter, but returned Thursday and Friday.

Also out for the Bengals are cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Jason Allen, wide receiver Armon Binns, defensive tackle Brandon Thompson and tight end Richard Quinn.


Ike Taylor's Struggles In Pass Defense

Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor figures to be the primary defender against Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. It might be a benefit for Cincinnati's All-Star receiver.

Of the 42 targeted passes that Taylor covered this year, opposing quarterbacks have generated a 118.5 passer rating against Pittsburgh's top cornerback. And of the five games played this season, Taylor has allowed at least one touchdown in four.

Additionally Taylor allowed over 100 yards receiving against the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans, as well as a 71-yard reception, 37 and 24 this season.

We're not saying that Ike Taylor will be matched up on A.J. Green all game. And we're not saying that if he is, Green will have an adventurous Sunday night. We're not saying that all at.


Bengals Enter SNF On Eight-Game Losing Streak

During the Marvin Lewis era, the Cincinnati Bengals are 4-10 during night games, but are currently looking to break an eight-game losing streak.


Key To Sunday's Victory: Third Downs

In the NFL, the cliche of winning on third down rings true every week. The upcoming matchup between the Bengals and Steelers showcases this cliche, as both teams have had different results on this critical down.


Steelers At Bengals: All You Need To Know

A collections of stories, previews and information heading into Sunday Night's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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