Posted: 12:11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
By Mark Sandritter
Neither team was particularly effective offensively, but the Bengals were able to do enough to get the win. Pittsburgh got on the board first with a field goal early in the game. The Bengals took the lead late in the quarter following a five-play, 87-yard touchdown drive. Rookie tight end Tyler Eifert made the key play on the dive, hauling in a 61-yard reception.
After Cincinnati added a field goal to take a 10-3 lead, the Steelers responded with their lone touchdown drive of the night. Ben Roethlisberger capped the 65-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye.
The second half was all Cincinnati. Giovani Bernard put the Bengals up 17-10 with his second touchdown of the game on a 27-yard reception. Bernard proved to be a weapon out of the backfield and the Steelers had issues corralling him in space. Cincinnati was able to tack on a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 20-10.
The Steelers made a late charge, driving deep into Bengals territory. Pittsburgh was unable to come away with points, however, as Roethlisberger's pass was intercepted by Reggie Nelson at the Cincinnati 13-yard line. The Bengals were able pick up a couple of first downs and run the clock to ice the game.
With the win, Cincinnati is now 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the AFC North. The loss dropped Pittsburgh to 0-2.
Bernard was the offensive star for the Bengals, scoring both of Cincinnati's touchdowns. Bernard rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown while catching one pass for 27 yards and another score. A.J. Green didn't have a huge game, catching six passes for 41 yards.
Roethlisberger threw one touchdown, but finished the game with just 251 passing yards and an interception. A good chunk of his passing yards came on the final possession.
Isaac Redman left the game for the Steelers and was checked for a concussion. He was later cleared and returned to the game.
The Bengals opened as a 6-point favorite and were able to cover the spread with the 10-point victory.
Sunday, Sept. 22, 1 p.m. ET: Cincinnati vs. Green Bay
Sunday, Sept. 22, 8:30 p.m. ET: Pittsburgh vs. Chicago