The Cincinnati Bengals entered Sunday with a tall task as Joe Burrow was set to miss his first game of the season.
Former Washington Huskies standout Jake Browning was thrust into action for his first NFL start against one of the league’s premier defensive lines. Browning ended with 227 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
Unfortunately, this article isn’t about how the Bengals offense did vs. a stout Steelers defense.
No, it’s about how the Steelers throttled Cincinnati’s defense. The Steelers ended with 421 total yards. Of those, 268 were through the air, and 153 were on the ground. They averaged 6.2 yards per play.
This was their first time eclipsing 400 yards in almost 60 games.
Streak over: The Steelers have 400 yards of total offense. It’s the first time that’s happened in 59 games for Pittsburgh.— Charlie Clifford (@char_cliff) November 26, 2023
The Steelers' running backs did a chunk of the work. Najee Harris, who was a first-round pick for Pittsburgh, ended with 99 yards on 15 carries. Jaylen Warren carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards.
Through the air, it was tight end Pat Freiermuth who dominated Cincinnati. He ended with a game-high 120 yards. He also had the most receptions in the game, with nine. George Pickens had the second-most yards on the Steelers with 58.
The Steelers ended up 16-10 and will move to 7-4. It was a poor showing for the Bengals defense, one that prides itself on getting to the quarterback as well as being able to stop the run.
Embattled quarterback Kenny Pickett was only sacked twice while throwing for a season-high 278 yards, while his 97.8 passer rating was the second-best he’s had this year, and the Steelers totaled 22 first downs. Those are unacceptable and will need to be corrected as the Bengals look towards a Monday Night Football Week 13 battle with the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road.
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