If you've seen a game between the Bengals and Steelers, then you've seen them all, and Pittsburgh's 28-21 win on Sunday was just another proof of that.
The Steelers' seven-point win had a bit of everything you could expect from this rivalry.
You want a potentially dirty hit from Vontaze Burfict? Check.
You want a game that goes on the line? Check. Four of the last five games in this series have now been decided by a score.
You want to see how the Bengals of a Steelers team tear the heart out that seems to root out hearts in Cincinnati? Check.
For the third year in a row, the Steelers went to Paul Brown Stadium and went away with a win, even though they lagged behind in the fourth quarter. In 201
This time the collapse of the Bengals was more dramatic.
After Ben Roethlisbeger and Antonio Brown had kept most of the day in check, the Bengals' defenses disappeared for much of the fourth quarter, including Pittsburgh's game-winning ride. With the Steelers following 21-20, Big Ben and the Steelers offense took possession on their own 23-yard line with just 1:18 to play. It was the perfect time for the Bengals to prove they were a legitimate threat to the AFC, and it was the perfect time for the Bengals to command AFC North with a much-needed victory over a Steelers squad to take them over to eight of their last nine meetings towards Sunday, but that's not what happened.
Instead, the fans in Cincinnati could only watch helplessly as Roethlisberger led another game-winning ride by bringing the Steelers 77 yards down the field. Roethlisbeger came out big in two games. At first he found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 23-yard win, which enabled the Steelers to hit a potential game-winning field goal. A game later, Roethlisberger went to Brown for the Jugular with a 31-yard-game winning touchdown pass.
In the fourth quarter, Brown had only caught three passes for 26 yards, but the Bengals had no answer for the Steelers star in the last quarter of the game when he found two huge catches for 79 yards. Roethlisberger has also done a lot of damage in the fourth quarter and thrown on 148 of his 369 yards in the last nine and a half minutes of the game.
After following the Steelers receivers for three quarters, Bengals' defense in the fourth quarter was basically tired. The Steelers, who hit the Bengals in dramatic fashion, pass through them so often that Brown expects a win after Cincinnati has a point advantage over Andy Dalton's late touchdown pass.
"We were in this situation a lot and I knew we would do it," Brown said.
The Bengals meltdown in the fourth quarter overshadowed another impressive, late drive from Dalton. Two weeks after hurling a seven-second touchdown pass against the Falcons, Dalton engineered a 75-yard drive that led to a Joe Mixon touchdown run, just 1:18. In the end, of course, this touchdown meant nothing, just as the Beningbald's 4-1 start does not mean anything if they can not win big games.
The Bengals had a chance on Sunday to get a Steelers-sized monkey off their backs, but they could not, and things will not get easier next week when they travel to Kansas City for a Sunday night game. The Bengals are 0-6 in the last 10 years on Sunday Night Football .
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Pittsburgh 28-21 over Cincinnati
Steelers: B +
Le & Veon Bell may return this week, but the Steelers may not need him the way James Conner plays. Conner ran the Bengals defense for 111 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries, and here's why what is impressive.
The Steelers also got a great performance from a defense that continues to stifle the running game of their opponents. The Steelers only posted 62 yards on the floor in Cincinnati, for the third time this year, that the Steelers have given up less than 65 yards.
Defending Bengals could be the team's biggest problem right now. After giving 481 yards to the Steelers on Sunday, the Bengals have now given up more than 480 yards in two out of the last three weeks. The 2014 season and 2018 season are the only times in the past 20 years that the Bengals have lost more than 480 yards in a single season. The Bengals have not picked up a sack for the first time this season. Cincy has been 3-0 since the beginning of 2017 if they do not throw the opposing quarterback out once. Speaking of sacks, the Bengals' O-Line had some problems protecting Andy Dalton, who was fired three times.
Minnesota 27-17 over Arizona
If we spent scores for a team's ability to convert on the third page, the Cardinals would have received an "F" in that game. In one of the ugliest shows of any NFL team this season, the cards went from 10 to 3. Down Conversions. Not helpful was the fact that Arizona still can not get David Johnson started. The runningback, which signed a huge extra in the offseason, was held just 55 yards and has not even reached the 75-yard mark this season.
Kirk Cousins was not perfect (he threw an interception and lost a fumble returned for an Arizona touchdown), but that was not important because Latavius Murray went off. Since Dalvin Cook was not active due to an injury, Murray exploded 155 yards and a touchdown to only 24 cards. The Vikings lay 195 meters on the ground, this was the first time since December 2015 that they have exceeded the mark of 190. Although Murray had a big game, he was almost overshadowed by Adam Thielen, who caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in the victory.
Washington 23-17 about Carolina
D.J. Moore almost single-handedly laid the panthers in a big hole. In the first quarter, Moore lost a fumble on a return of the punt that the Redskins were recovering on Carolina's 22-yard line. In the second quarter Moore lost another fumble after getting a pass from Cam Newton. These two sales led to 10 points for Washington, making the game a nightmare for Moore.
Redskins: B +
After completing his 5th week of banking, Josh Norman returned this week with all his might to avenge his old team. The Redskins forced three changes against Carolina, and two of them were courtesy of Norman, who took a Cam Newton Pass in the second quarter and then followed, forcing a fumble on the Panthers' next offensive possession. The Redskins continue to reap the benefits of signing Adrian Peterson. The unstoppable 33-year-old averaged an impressive 5.7 yards per carry against the Panthers (17 Carry, 97 yards).
Miami 31-28 over Chicago (OT)
In the first month of the season, the bloodthirsty bear defense consumed opposing quarterbacks, but then they met a circular saw called Brock Osweiler. The bears had no answer for Osweiler and a dolphin offensive totaling 541 yards. For the past 35 years, it has been the third time that the bears have lost 540 or more yards in a game.
Dolphins: A +
If you're forced to play your replacement quarterback against the Bears defense, that's usually a recipe for disaster, but not if that quarterback is Brock Osweiler. With Ryan Tannehill out, Osweiler shredded the Bears Defense for 380 yards and three touchdowns, which was particularly impressive given that Chicago went into the game with a defense that took second place in the NFL. Osweiler probably wishes he could play the bears every week. The Dolphins quarterback is now 3-0 against the Bears in his career and only 11-12 against all other teams in the NFL. Also Osweiler did not win this game alone; He also got some serious help from the timeless wonder Frank Gore (15 Carry, 101 yards) and the fast Albert Wilson, who caught six passes for a career-high 155 yards and two touchdowns.
N.Y. Jets 42-34 over Indianapolis
Andrew Luck threw a Pick-Six on the second game of the game, which was almost fitting because the Colts were basically spending all day freeing the Jets give. The Colts turned the ball four times against New York, which led directly to 20 points for the jets. Although the Pick-6 was not the fault of Luck (he was out of the hands of Marlon Mack), the Colts quarterback threw two other interceptions. Of course, Luck was the only reason the Colts were still in this game. The Colts quarterback threw four touchdown passes and kept Indy in the game even though he missed two of his favorite goals (T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle).
If the jets could score touchdowns in the red zone, they could have scored 60 points against the Colts. The Jets scored a total of six times within Indy's 20-yard line in that game, but only came away with a touchdown. Of course, even 42 points are impressive if you are the jets. Combined with their 48-point performance in Week 1, the jets have now scored 40 or more points for the first time since in a season for the first time.
Seattle 27-3 over Oakland
The Seahawks may ask to play all their games in London after what they did to the Raiders on Sunday. On their first trip to England, the Seahawks probably played their best game of the year in a total brawl of Oakland. Defensively, they strangled Derek Carr, dismissing him six times, forcing the Raiders quarterback to two lost fumbles (Frank Clark had 2.5 of those sacks and one of those forced fumbles). Offensively, we found out what happens when Russell Wilson has enough time to throw: He throws touchdowns to everyone. For the second week in a row, Wilson threw three touchdown passes, and they went to three difference receivers (Jaron Brown, David Moore, Tyler Lockett).
If we've learned anything from this game, the West Coast teams probably should not fly to London two days before the match, taking only 48 hours to settle for a time difference of eight hours to adjust. The Raiders looked tired and sloppy in this game, and although they basically looked the whole season through, it was worse. They could not protect Derek Carr (plundered six times), they could not run the ball and even their players had a terrible day (an average of 31 yards per punt on three punts).
Houston 20-13 on Buffalo
After what happened in Houston, there's a fair chance that Bill's fans will never want to see Nathan Peterman on the field again. Bound with the game at 13, the Bills quarterback threw an interception on two consecutive possessions, including a Pick-Six, which provided the game-crucial points for the Texans. The bills hope that Josh Allen's injury is not serious because they will not go very far with Petermann midway this season. Peterman's performance overshadowed a big day from a Bills defense Deshaun dismissed Watson seven times.
The Texans had an ugly day of offense (three turnovers, Deshaun Watson was fired seven times), but that did not matter because the defense and the team's special teams came through the big time. The two units made 17 points from Houston with some impressive games. In the first half, the Texans blocked a punt (which led to a field goal) and recovered from a bills return (which led to a touchdown) a musty ball. The Texans got in the fourth quarter, a pick-Six by Jonathan Joseph. After the 0-3, the Texans start like the scariest teams in the AFC South.
L.A. Chargers 38-14 over Cleveland
Chargers: A +
The Chargers' victory over the Browns came with a guest appearance by Tyrell Williams on the Melvin Gordon Show. Gordon hurried for 132 yards, scoring a career-high three touchdowns as the Chargers rolled the Browns for 246 yards total. The rush was the Chargers' highest value since 2008. Like Williams, though he had only caught three passes, he made the best of them with 118 yards and two touchdowns, including a wild catch he made while he was covered three times.
After a magical five-week run, Brown's season finally returned to Earth Sunday. Baker Mayfield finally looked like a rookie (two interceptions), though he did not get any help from his offensive line in his defense (he was fired five times) and little help from a receiving corps that dropped several passes. The Browns were also trampled by a ground attack by the chargers, totaling 246 yards. In the Super Bowl era, the Browns are now 0-25 when they give up 240 or more yards in a game.
Atlanta 34-29 over Tampa Bay
Jameis Winston made his first start of the season with 395 yards and four touchdowns. There also seemed to be some rust as Winston threw two interceptions, including a drive killing pass that came in the end zone. Of course, most fans of Bucs only remember the fact that Tampa has decided to make a quarter-final draw without a break in the final game of the match.
It's a good thing Matt Ryan has gone up in flames lately, because every game the Falcons play seems to turn into a shootout and Sunday's game against Tampa was no exception. Ryan threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns, marking the third time in four weeks that Ryan has thrown for at least 350 yards and three touchdowns. Of course the hawks needed every single one of these courts, and that's because their defense was terrible. Against the Bucs, the Falcons made 512 yards offensive, which Atlanta had to give up more than 500 yards in a home game for the second time this season. If you're wondering how bad that is, the Falcons have not given away 500 or more yards in several home games since 1966, which happened to be their expansion season.
L.A. Rams 23-20 over Denver
As the snowflakes fell in Denver, the Rams decided to put their passing game on hold and hand over the ball to Todd Gurley as often as possible. This strategy resulted in two touchdowns and a career-high 208 yards for Gurley on 28 carries. Overall, the Rams were 270 yards down the field, the team's highest Rushing total since 2001.
You want to beat the Broncos, it seems you just have to run the ball on them. One week after giving up 219 yards to Isaiah Crowell, the Broncos responded by giving 208 yards to Todd Gurley. In the NFL, only two running backs have reached the 200-yard mark in the NFL since the 2017 season, and Gurley and Crowell both represent these achievements. Broncos rookie Bradley Chubb shone with three of Denver's five sacks on Jared Goff; Of course, that was not really important because no one in the defense of the Broncos could attack Gurley.
Baltimore 21-0 over Tennessee
Ravens: A +
This game could end up being the best defensive performance of all NFL teams this season. The Ravens not only set a franchise record by collecting 11 sacks – which was one of the NFL records – but also held the Titans at only 106 yards, which was the second best defensive performance of all time for the Ravens. The bag party was led by Za & Darius Smith, who came to Marcus Mariota three times. Patrick Onuaswor also picked up several sacks of two. The other six sacks were shared by six different players.
So bad was this game for the Titans: Tennessee gave up more sacks (11) than Marcus Mariota had completions (10). The Titans offensive was spit on by a Ravens defense that limited Tennessee to just 106 yards, the team's lowest team since 2006. This game also marked the first time since 2010 that the Titans were eliminated.
Dallas 40-7 over Jacksonville
If you can steer the ball onto the jaguars, then you have a good chance that you'll beat them. The Jags gave a total of 206 yards on the ground in this game, marking the 18th time since the year 2000 that the jags have given away more than 200 yards in one game, and we only notice that because the jags are now 0 -18 in these games.
Cowboys: A +
If any team knows how to break out of an offensive drought, it's the cowboys. With the NFL's best defense in the city, the Cowboys exploded for their best offensive show in nearly two years. The Jaguars had no answers for Dak Prescott, who caused some serious damage with his legs and right arm. He not only threw 183 yards and two touchdowns, but also carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. The Jaguars' defensive goal was lost, trying to stop Ezekiel Elliott (24 charges, 106 yards, one touchdown) and Cole Beasley (nine catches, 101 yards, two touchdowns). The 40-point breakout was the first time since December 2016 that the Cowboys reached the 40-point mark at home.
New England 43-40 over Kansas City
If Patrick Mahomes has learned anything in this game, it is that you can not make mistakes against the Patriots. The Chiefs' quarterback was nearly flawless with 352 passes and four touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. The Chiefs got a huge game from their dynamic duo Tyreek Hill (142 yards, three touchdowns) and Kareem Hunt (185 yards from Scrimmage), but that was not enough because the Chiefs defense could not stop the Patriots. The Patriots did not crash once and did a good job of keeping Kansas City offensive off the field. In fact, the Chiefs held the ball only 23:51 in this game, which is remarkable, as Kansas City is now 0-7 under Andy Reid, when their best time is under 24 minutes.
The easiest way to stop the Chiefs' offensive game is to keep them out of the field, and that's what the Patriots did in this wild three-point win. The Patriots held the ball for more than 36 minutes in this game and that was intentional: New England's offensive had more tries to rush (38) than to pass (35). Of course, the Patriots would not have won this game without Tom Brady, who led them to four shots in the fourth. In the final quarter of the game, Brady went 9 of 12 for 182 yards, adding a rushing touchdown for good measure. Sony also played a key role in winning 24 jerseys for 106 yards and two touchdowns.