Steelers Take Down Bengals

Glenn Kaplan

2019 NFL Draft Hats from New Era

The Pittsburgh Steelers had no life on the offensive side of the ball in the first-half on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati had a 7-3 lead at halftime because of a Ryan Finley 15-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Boyd.

In the third-quarter, Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Tomlin decided to bench Mason Rudolph in favor of Delvin Hodges. Hodges threw a 79-yard touchdown pass in the third-quarter to James Washington to give them a 10-7 lead and the Steelers took down the Bengals by a score of 16-10.

Delvin Hodges completed 5-of-11 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one yard on three carries.

Washington caught three passes for 98 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Mason Rudolph completed 8-of-16 passes for 85 yards passing. He also rushed for five yards on four carries.

The leading rusher in this game for Pittsburgh was Benny Snell Jr. He rushed for 98 yards on 21 carries. Snell Jr. also caught one pass for five yards receiving.

Jaylen Samuels was held in check in this game. He rushed for six yards on two carries. Samuels also caught three passes for 26 yards receiving.

James Conner and Juju Smith-Schuster were both out of this game for the Pittsburgh Steelers due to injury. Dionate Johnson was going to miss this game due to a concussion, but he was able to play. Johnson caught three passes for 29 yards receiving.

The Bengals had a chance to drive down the field late in the game, but Bud Dupree strip sacked Ryan Finley and Dupree recovered the fumble.

Finley was okay in this game for Cincinnati. He completed 12-of-26 passes for 192 yards. Ryan Finley also rushed for eight yards on two carries.

Tyler Boyd caught five passes for 101 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Joe Mixon was the leading rusher for the Cincinnati Bengals with 79 yards on 18 carries.

As of right now, Cincinnati would have the number one pick in the NFL Draft. They have yet to win a game this season in Zac Taylor’s first season as the new head coach. It would be very unlikely to see this team fire Taylor after one season.

The Bengals need to rebuild. The New York Giants (2-9) currently hold the second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins (2-9) currently hold the third pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and the Miami Dolphins (3-10) currently hold the fourth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

As for Pittsburgh, they are currently in the sixth seed in the AFC. The Oakland Raiders (6-5) lost to the New York Jets (4-8) on the road 34-3 on Sunday afternoon.

The Indianapolis Colts (6-5) lost to the Houston Texans (7-4) on the road by a score of 20-17 on Thursday night.

The Tennessee Titans will most likely go to 6-5 as long as they hang on against the Jacksonville Jaguars at home and they will drop to 4-7. That would mean four teams are 6-5 for the sixth spot in the AFC heading into Week 13.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) will host the Cleveland Browns (5-6) next Sunday. This will be the first time these two teams play each other since the debacle in Cleveland last Thursday night.

Cincinnati (0-11) will host the New York Jets (4-8) next Sunday. The Cincinnati Bengals hope to win their first game of the year next weekend.

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