The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat division rivals Cincinnati Bengals 27-3 on Monday Night Football behind a stingy defense and Mason Rudolph’s efficiency.
After the Bengals secured great field position, the offense was stifled by the Steelers defense, who swarmed the ball all night. The Bengals hit a chip shot field goal to take the first lead after a five-yard drive that lasted less than one minute.
The Bengals would not score again.
The next score would be early in the second quarter, when James Conner took a 21-yard pass from Rudolph to the end-zone. Conner finished 42 yards rushing, 83 yards receiving and one receiving touchdown. Conner has started the season slow, only topping 40 yards rushing in a game twice this season. His 83 receiving yards on Monday night were the most production Conner has given the Steelers offense this season.
With the loss of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the entire offense has suffered. JuJu Smith-Schuster was limited to only 15 receiving yards against the Bengals. Smith-Schuster only has one receiving touchdown on the season, finding little success as the prohibited number one option on the team.
The Steelers settled for a field goal before the half, taking a 10-3 lead. Chris Boswell made both of his field goal attempts, with his longest being 49 yards.
The Steelers offense blew the game open in the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns a minute apart from one another. Jaylen Samuels scored on a two-yard run and Diontae Johnson scored a receiving touchdown on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Rudolph.
Samuels finished with 26 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and 57 receiving yards. He provided a surprising spark to a struggling offense. Johnson added 77 receiving yards and one touchdown as well, adding to the list of new faces for this Steelers offense.
The last score of the game would be a 49-yard field goal from Boswell in the middle of the fourth quarter. The Bengals offense never produced a significant drive, as Andy Dalton only passed for 171 yards and one interception. Joe Mixon was the lone bright spot, rushing for 62 yards on only 15 attempts.
The 0-4 Bengals will host the 0- Arizona Cardinals next week as the 1-3 Steelers will host the 2-2 Baltimore Ravens.