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Steelers vs. Bengals second half open thread: Bengals lead 10-7 at the start of the third quarter

Steelers are kicking off to start the third quarter.

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The Steelers got over one third of their total offense on one play - a 60-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown - as the Steelers trail Cincinnati 10-7 at the end of the first half.

With all due respect to an impressive Bengals front seven (as expected), but Cincinnati leads this game on plays right now.

A Leon Hall interception return of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is the difference in this game, as the Steelers were shut out over the first half for the first time this season.

A big punt by Kevin Huber to Pittsburgh's 2-yard line set up Drew Butler's poor punt, giving the Bengals excellent field position on their field goal-scoring drive with two minutes remaining.

Josh Brown, who missed three field goals against the Steelers in Super Bowl XL, hit from 41 to go up 10-0.

It is the fourth straight game the Steelers have fallen behind by double digit points.

Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis appears hurt, and was seen limping off the field after making another nice play in pass coverage. Curtis Brown left the game earlier, meaning if neither of them can return, the Steelers have two healthy cornerbacks - Cortez Allen and Josh Victorian. Robert Golden, a safety who played cornerback in college, will handle nickel duties.

It's shaping up to be the defensive battle many expected before the game, with both units looking outstanding right now. Cincinnati, though, has five rushing yards on nine carries, and appears to be heading down the same route they often do against the Steelers - converting into a one-dimensional offense.