This seemed like a turning point for these franchises that are appearing to head in different directions. The win was led by some very young Bengals stepping up big time while the major contributors of the Steelers looked too long in the tooth to overcome 17-unanswered points.
Logan Wilson makes his presence felt
There was still a minority of fans in Cincinnati frustrated that the team didn’t add a veteran linebacker to bolster this defense. What the team did instead was trust what they had in second-year linebacker Wilson.
He had an interception and a missed scoop-and-score last week. Wilson followed that up with two interceptions against Ben Roethlisberger that led directly to two touchdowns on the day.
Logan Wilson is playing at a Pro Bowl level— Anthony Cosenza (@CJAnthonyCUI) September 26, 2021
Steelers getting boo'd off their home field while down big to the Bengals is uh, something.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 26, 2021
Joe Burrow gets cooking with Ja’Marr Chase
Burrow had a rough outing against the Chicago Bears last week where he threw three-straight interceptions on three-straight passes before almost digging the Bengals back into a win.
He didn’t wait that long to get things going as he threw an early touchdown, with a great effort by Tyler Boyd. He followed that up with a beauty of a deep ball to Chase right before the half. Then the college teammates connected again to put the nail in the coffin for the Steelers. The rookie wide receiver has come a long way from everyone thinking he couldn’t catch.
Touchdown.— Josh Kirkendall (@Josh_Kirkendall) September 26, 2021
This was all Tyler Boyd, getting separation (what I used to call THE Housh route) and bouncing away from defenders for the touchdown.#Bengals 7#Steelers Loooooosers pic.twitter.com/NvetOOY6o9
GREAT second effort by Tyler Boyd!!— Andre Perrotta (@andreperrotta13) September 26, 2021
17-yard TD reception on a 3rd & 2.
Burrow's 5th passing TD of the season, but that was all TB! McPherson concerts the XP, and a Bengals take an early 7-0 lead after the Logan Wilson INT.
9 to 1 is TOO FUN— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 26, 2021
WATCH on CBS pic.twitter.com/C5yRsHlR1G
HEY HATERS! UNO!!??— (@BengalsCaptain) September 26, 2021
Look like he can catch to me— Hakeem Adeniji (@Keem78theGreat) September 26, 2021
But… but.. but Ja’Marr Chase is a bust right?— Sam (@sammy______G) September 26, 2021
And… and.. and Joe Burrow can’t throw a deep ball right?
Listen, this week Bengals fans absolutely let the Steelers have it. This felt like a much more meaningful game than the Monday Night Football upset, and Cincinnati fans have been the butt of every joke for just about fives seasons as Pittsburgh has dominated the Bengals.
That led to many of Twitters’ funniest Bengals fans absolutely roasting the Steelers and the national media/criticism.
Penei Who?— ZIM (@zimwhodey) September 26, 2021
Go ahead and pinch yourself. Bengals just casually kicking the tar out of a Steelers team in Pittsburgh.— Chris Roling (@Chris_Roling) September 26, 2021
What would be the Pittsburgh equivalent of 'Bungles'? Stooges? That's what they look like out there— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 26, 2021
At this point, I feel kinda sorry for Steelers fans. I hope one day that franchise turns things around.— Dadio Makdook (@dadiodefacto) September 26, 2021
Joe Burrow is wearing custom SpongeBob shoes with his suit pic.twitter.com/PqUXGFyaw7— Kelsey Conway (@KelseyLConway) September 26, 2021
Zac Taylor win% vs Steelers - 40— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) September 26, 2021
Marvin Lewis win% vs Steelers - 23.5
PIT used 17 minutes of game clock to score 10 points.— Jake Liscow (@JakeLiscow) September 26, 2021
Their other drives:
3 plays, 4 yds, punt
3 plays, -13 yds, punt
3 plays, -3 yds, int
8 plays, 29 yds, punt
3 plays, 2 yds, punt
3 plays, 6 yds, int
7 plays, 52 yds, miss fg
12 plays, 73 yds, downs
4 plays, 8 yds, downs
You love to see it.