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Steelers 23, Bengals 7: Postgame Quick React

Surprise, surprise. It wasn't at all pretty, but the Pittsburgh Steelers took care of business in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • The Steelers defense continues to dominate since getting shredded by the New England Patriots. The Steelers turned in one their best defensive performances of the season against the Bengals. They allowed just 190 yards and 7 points. As has been the case in a number of games this year, the Steelers defense surrendered next to nothing in the middle stages of the game. The Bengals marched 67 yards on their opening drive for a quick score and 7-0 lead. Another 58 of their 190 yards came on their final drive in desperation time. Outside of those 127 yards, the Bengals mustered just 63 yards over the span of more than three and a half quarters.  
  • Troy Polamalu (2) and LaMarr Woodley (1) combined to pick off Carson Palmer three times. Each returned one to paydirt for a defensive score. Credit Woodley with two sacks as well, making Week 14 the best game of No. 56's season.
  • More thoughts coming on the Steelers' offense, but once again their performance is hard to categorize. On the one hand, they failed to find the offense on Sunday, having to settle instead for just three Sean Suisham field goals. However, Ben Roethlisberger and the offense amassed 354 total yards, averaged 5.5 yards per play, and did not turn the ball over once. We'll get into the particulars of what stalled the Steelers' offense later, but for now, a quick salute to Ben Roethlisberger for his gutty performance, to Hines Ward and Mike Wallace for their solid games (8 receptions, 115 yards; 5 receptions, 78 yards), and to Rashard Mendenhall for running hard and finishing with a hard-earned 66 yards on 18 carries despite not having much running room to work with.
  • The Steelers continue to look mighty smart for parting ways with Jeff Reed. Suisham remained perfect on Sunday, connecting on all three of his field goal attempts (23, 35, 41). Suisham is now a perfect 7-of-7 from 40-50 yards, a range Jeff Reed was 0-for from.

More from me soon this afternoon.

Go Steelers!