Another Sunday, another loss for the hapless Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals dropped their seventh straight game to the visiting rival Steelers 38-10. The score is not totally indicative of how the game went but in the end it was all Steelers and very little Bengals.
The game could not have started off worse for the Bengals when the Steelers WR Hines Ward knocked out and broke Keith Rivers jaw on a questionable crack-back block. The block was clean but it appeared Ward lead with his helmet, which is illegal in the NFL. On their first drive the Steelers scored a touchdown and jumped out 7-0. The Bengals offense like, a 1980 Chevet in January, failed to start. The key kept turning but the engine just wouldn't start. The Bengals offense did not get a first down during the first quarter. They Bengals defense played tough despite being on the field most of the first half and held the Steelers to 10 first half points. The Bengals were able to orchestrate a nice two minute offense touchdown right before half. Fiztpatrick hit Chad Johnson on a nice back of the end zone tiptoe 5-yard touchdown.
After doing nothing in the first half the Bengals actually had the momentum heading into the second half. It would not lasttt. The Bengals did manage to get another field goal to cut the Steelers lead 17-10 before the 4th quarter started. After this field goal it was all Steelers and no Bengals. It seemed like the Steelers were playing against air. They moved the ball at will in the 4th quarter to burry the Bengals 38-10.
D's Pivotal Play: (Turning point)
The Good, The Bad, and The UGLY!
- Cedric Benson's running and his collision with Troy Polamalu.
- Chris Henry's play.
- Andre Cadwell's kick returns.
- The play calling on offense.
- Keith Rivers injury.
- Chad and TJ's drops.
- The punting game.
- The pass protection.
- The Offense.
- The 4th quarter effort.
- Losing to the Steelers again at Paul Brown Stadium.