Pittsburgh Steelers 24 Cincinnati Bengals 17
No Rashard Mendenhall? No Isaac Redman? No problem. Jonathan Dwyer stepped up in a big way and carried the load on offense. Dwyer became the Steelers’ first 100-yard rusher this season with 122 yards on 17 carries. Rookie Chris Rainey got into the action with four carries for 17 yards and one touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger shook off early turnovers by connecting with Heath Miller and Antonio Brown. Big Ben even had a nice pooch punt in the fourth quarter, and I’m sure we’ll be seeing a brand new era of the quarterback/punter. Slash 2.0, if you will.
Roethlisberger was better off throwing passes to players not named Mike Wallace. Wallace showed just why he deserves Larry Fitzgerald-type money by dropping several passes.
After letting the Bengals march down the field on their opening possession, the Steelers defense settled down and held the Bengals in check. Keenan Lewis made a great play to save a touchdown, and Ike Taylor made it through an entire game without getting flagged for pass interference.
LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison played the entire game and everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. Woodley even managed to pick off a deflected pass, proving that this defense too could create fumbleceptions.
The defense will have their work cut out for them next week as the Steelers take on RGIII at the friendly confines of Heinz Field.