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Joe Burrow praises Bengals’ patchwork offensive line

The Bengals didn’t fully neutralize the Steelers league-leading pass rush, but the makeshift o-line got Joe Burrow’s seal of approval.

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The now 9-0 Pittsburgh Steelers are no joke.

After a narrow victory over the depleted Dallas Cowboys, many were thinking Cincinnati was going to slide into Heinz Field and give the Steelers all they could handle.

While it was certainly possible, the Steelers reminded everyone why they’ve yet to lose, as they crushed the Bengals 36-10.

However, it wasn’t necessarily the Steelers pass rush that changed the game, and despite having four sacks, they were, at large, neutralized by an odd combination of linemen.

That said, Cincinnati came into the game with Jonah Williams only suited for emergency use. The team’s 2019 first-round pick has struggled to stay on the field during his NFL career. Bobby Hart and Fred Johnson were both also out against Pittsburgh.

The team was forced to use guards Quinton Spain and Hakeem Adeniji at offensive tackle. For the most part, they held up, and it certainly made a difference for the Bengals.

Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson caught up with Burrow after the game and asked him how he felt his line did. Burrow, who typically takes responsible for his team’s poor play, heaped praise on their efforts.

”I thought they played really well, considering the circumstances. I thought they did an awesome job in the first half. That sack in the two-minute drill I can’t take. That one’s on me. They did awesome all game. They really did,” Burrow said to Hobson.

With T.J. Watt and Cameron Heyward rushing the passer, it’s tough to keep them down for too long. The Steelers were able to get to Burrow, and it’s been a reoccurring problem this season for Cincinnati. Burrow ranks outside the top-25 quarterbacks in time to throw.

The team’s line did play well in the run game, helping lead the team to an over five yards per carry average. The team’s two main carries, Giovani Bernard and Samaje Perine, combined for 78 yards on 15 carries.

Overall, despite the four sacks, the line played well, giving hope that they’ll be able to give Burrow the time he needs when they aren’t facing the league’s best pass rush.