Even in a d area the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t comedy able-bodied in two phases of the game, they still were in position to win at the end.
But clashing added times this season, they weren’t able to accomplishment it off, and the Pittsburgh Steelers handed them a 28-21 accident Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
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Cincinnati looked collapsed on breach in the additional bisected until putting calm its final scoring drive for a advance with 1:18 left, but the aegis gave up about 500 yards for the day and surrendered the game-winning touchdown with 10 abnormal remaining.
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Here is a attending at the Week 6 address card:
The Good: Joe Mixon rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and he had 40 yards by halftime on aloof eight rushes.
The Bad: Through the third quarter, the Bengals rushed the brawl aloof alert on 15 first-down plays. Mark Walton had minus-2 yards on two carries, admitting both were in second-and-short situations area Pittsburgh ample the box.
Key Play: Mixon’s 4-yard touchdown run on second-and-3 with 1:18 larboard gave the Bengals a 21-20 lead.
The Good: Boyd’s two touchdown catches accustomed Cincinnati to go into halftime angry 14-14. The breach fizzled afterwards that but with the d on the band and time active down, Andy Dalton powered aback up the casual d and confused the brawl 75 yards for the ambitious score. All nine plays afore Mixon’s touchdown run were passes.
The Bad: Dalton was sacked three times, including for a 7-yard accident on second-and-8 from the Pittsburgh 38-yard band aboriginal in the fourth quarter, which ultimately led to a punt, and there were four drops in the aboriginal half.
Key Play: A.J. Green bent a 23-yard canyon on additional bottomward aloof afterwards the two-minute admonishing to move the breach into the red area and set up Mixon’s ambitious touchdown. It was a big aboriginal bottomward but at the aforementioned time, conceivably the Bengals should accept been active the brawl a little added at that point to run added time off the clock.
The Good: Pittsburgh’s aboriginal four carries went for aloof 1 or 2 yards, as the Steelers had to punt on the aboriginal two drives, and Cincinnati concluded up accepting on the lath first.
The Bad: James Conner bound acrimonious up and had both of Pittsburgh’s touchdown runs in the aboriginal half. He accomplished with 111 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries (5.8 yards per carry) in the aftermost d afore Le’Veon Bell’s accepted acknowledgment from a arrangement holdout. Nick Vigil afflicted his leg on Conner’s longest run comedy of 26 yards in the aboriginal quarter.
Key Play: The aegis blimp Conner for a 1-yard accident on third-and-1 at the Cincinnati 1 to authority the Steelers to a acreage ambition to accomplish it 17-14 with 6:53 larboard in the third quarter.
The Good: Ben Roethlisberger’s game-winning touchdown to Antonio Brown came on a 31-yard pass, the alone one the Steelers denticulate through the air. Darius Phillips, accepting attenuate arena time on aegis because of injuries in the secondary, affected a lix on a accouterment of Vance McDonald for a 1-yard accident on third bottomward at the Cincinnati 6, and although the Steelers recovered, they acclimatized for a acreage ambition to accomplish it 20-14 with 3:32 left.
The Bad: The canyon blitz was non-existent as Roethlisberger wasn’t sacked or alike pressured much, and he was able to bake Cincinnati’s aegis for 369 yards and one touchdown. The Bengals accessory suffered several injuries, as Shawn Williams larboard with a blow in the third quarter, Darqueze Dennard afflicted his appropriate accept at the end of the additional division and cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson both went off the acreage at the aforementioned time in the fourth quarter.
Key Play: Kirkpatrick was alleged for an abortive arresting captivation amends on a third-down canyon that fell incomplete, and two plays afterwards Pittsburgh denticulate the acceptable touchdown. Smith-Schuster had a 23-yard t afore Brown’s 31-yard game-winning score.
The Good: The Bengals’ two touchdowns in the aboriginal bisected came with acceptable acreage position acquired by a continued punt by Kevin Huber and a continued bang acknowledgment by Alex Erickson. Huber had two punts over 60 yards and four central the 20-yard line, and Erickson averaged 40.7 yards per bang acknowledgment with a continued of 51.
The Bad: Tony McRae had an actionable block that beneath an Erickson acknowledgment and acquired the Bengals to set up at their own 9-yard band instead of the 22.
Key Play: Huber’s 61-yard punt helped the Bengals cast acreage position. The aegis affected a three-and-out, and Cincinnati took advantage of a abbreviate acreage to booty a 7-0 advance in the aboriginal quarter. Erickson’s 47-yard bang acknowledgment set up the game-tying drive activity into halftime.
The Good: Cincinnati put calm a quick scoring drive to tie the d at 14-14 with 23 abnormal larboard afore halftime afterwards Pittsburgh had aloof taken the advance the antecedent possession. The Bengals additionally managed to appear aback in the fourth division admitting the breach blockage out the blow of the additional half.
The Bad: Cincinnati didn’t run the brawl abundant to advice accumulate the aegis off the field.
Key Play: The aegis was lining up in a “Cover 0” to stop the run back Brown took advantage of an abandoned average of the acreage for the game-winning touchdown on a awning play.
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