The Bengals stunned the Steelers and won 27-17. This gave the Steelers their third straight loss.
This was also the first time the Bengals won against the Steelers in 11 games.
Ryan Finley’s arm didn’t impress, but he took the ground when he had to. He only attempted 13 passes and gained 89 yards through the air, but ran ten times for 47 yards. Giovani Bernard was another huge piece for the offense, with 22 carries for 74 yards and two total touchdowns.
Both teams traded three and outs to start until Ben Roethlisberger fumbled the snap, recovered by Josh Bynes. Ryan Finely passed to Tee Higgins for the game’s first first down, but a third down sack kept the drive to only a net of four yards. Austin Siebert came in for the 34-yard kick, and the Bengals led 3-0 with 5:34 left in the first quarter.
The Bengals got the ball back when Vonn Bell drilled JuJu Smith-Schuster and forced the ball out.
Finley and Higgins connected three times for 36 yards on the next drive, converting third downs twice. Giovani Bernard took it the rest of the way and scored with a four-yard around the edge. Siebert added the extra point, and the Bengals were up 10-0 with 12:05 to go in the half.
The Steelers only totaled two yards on their first 13 plays and turned the ball over twice. This was the first time the Steelers had no first downs on their first five drives since 1986. The Steelers didn’t get a first down for the first 20 minutes of the game.
But when they finally did get first downs, Mackensie Alexander picked off Roethlisberger. A late hit penalty gave the Bengals the ball at the Steelers’ 26-yard line. That set up Bernard’s second touchdown of the game, a 14-yard reception up the middle of the defense. With the extra point, the Bengals had all 17 of their points off of turnovers, now leading 17-0 with 4:20 left in the half.
The Steelers only gained 40 yards in the first half. Roethlisberger had only 19 yards, which is the lowest he has ever had in a single half in his career.
The Steelers didn’t even sniff the red zone in the first half. But everyone knew the Steelers wouldn’t be down for long, and Chase Claypool got the Steelers going with a 37-yard catch. The next play was a 23-yard touchdown to Diontae Johnson. Each of those plays were worth more yards than Roethlisberger’s entire first half. The Steelers were awaking and fighting back, down only 17-7 with 12:07 remaining in the third quarter.
Benny Snell had been struggling the last few games, but he was able to break off a 29-yard run on his next drive. The Steelers got to the red zone, but were forced into a field goal, and Chris Boswell hit the 25-yard field goal with 5:27 to go in the third quarter. The Steelers scored on their first two drives of the half, while the Bengals went three-and-out twice, and the game was suddenly close at 17-10.
The Bengals extended their scoreless streak in the third quarter, but somehow kept the lead going into the fourth quarter. But the Bengals called six straight runs to start the fourth quarter to get the ball into the red zone. The sixth run was a read option that Finley kept, ran 23 yards, and then scored. The Bengals finally had their first score that didn’t come off a turnover to get the score to 24-10 after the extra point with 11:21 left in the game.
The 24 points the Bengals had was the most they had scored against the Steelers since 2005. It was also the most they had scored since Joe Burrow’s injury.
The Bengals, up by two touchdowns, were content to let the Steelers dink and dunk down the field. The drive continued when William Jackson dropped an easy interception that could have put the game on ice. The drive continued, and a pass interference call on Jackson put the ball on the one yard line. Snell punched the ball in from there, and with the extra point, the Steelers were clawing back at 24-17.
The Steelers made one more push, but Roethlisberger threw four straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs.
The Bengals got a field goal out of the turnover on downs, and that was enough to seal the deal.
The Bengals upset the Steelers 27-17. The Steelers, who were in first place in the AFC three weeks ago, have lost their third and are now 11-3.
The Bengals won their first game without Joe Burrow, and improve to 3-10-1. They will host the Texans next Sunday at 1 P.M.