The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals met for the 100th time in Week 4, and it just so happens the meeting was in prime time on Monday Night Football. Oh, and it also included two 0-3 teams looking for their first win of the regular season.
The two teams had a different look about them considering how gone are Marvin Lewis and Vontaze Burfict for Cincinnati, and Ben Roethlisberger was replaced by Mason Rudolph making his second career start for the injured signal caller. Regardless of the changes, the Steelers and Bengals squared off at Heinz Field with the Bengals receiving the opening kickoff and taking the first possession of the game.
After a short drive, capped off by a Devin Bush sack, Cincinnati punted the ball to the Steelers for their first offensive possession of the game. Mason Rudolph and company came onto the field, but it was short lived after Diontae Johnson fumbled the ball on second down and it was recovered by the defense.
On the next possession Pittsburgh used a variety of looks to move the ball into Cincinnati territory for the first time. Jaylen Samuels was used as the quarterback in a wildcat look, and several jet-sweep plays set the Steelers up for a 4th and 1 to keep the drive alive, but after a timeout James Conner was stopped short of the line of gain, giving the ball back to the Bengals.
After a three and out, the Steelers received the football just passed midfield at the end of the first quarter.