Daily Archives: December 4, 2011

Round 2 goes to Steelers defense

In his first shot at the Steelers, Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton engineered a spirited comeback from a two-touchdown deficit but couldn’t quite finish the job.In his second go-around again...

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : News

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Steelers Crush Bengals 35-7, Big Ben Sets Team Record For Career Completions

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — After a tight game against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend, the Steelers were looking for a more decisive win with the Cincinnati Bengals rolling into town for a Week 13 showdown.

Last month, the Steelers edged the Bengals 24-17 in enemy territory. This time around, the victory came much easier for Pittsburgh as they crushed the rival Bengals in a 35-7 rout at Heinz Field.

The Steelers (9-3) swept the season series from Cincinnati (7-5) for the second straight year. It all happened because of a 28-point explosion in the second quarter fueled by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Rashard Mendenhall and a 60-yard punt return for a score by Antonio Brown.

In the process, Roethlisberger set a team record for career completions.

Click here for the Steelers-Bengals Boxscore & Game Stats!

Mendenhall and wide receiver Mike Wallace scored two touchdowns for the Steelers, who have now won for the seventh time in their last eight games.

Cincinnati’s rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 124 yards and a touchdown to A.J. Green but the Bengals couldn’t overcome two turnovers and a handful of special team gaffes to all but end their hopes of winning the AFC North.

Bengals’ coach Marvin Lewis did little to downplay the game’s importance, practically admitting his team’s hopes for an outside shot at a divisional title would all but disappear if his surprising team couldn’t earn a split with the Steelers.

Thrust into the role of contender, the Bengals wilted in the spotlight, reverting back to the kind of mistakes they’ve avoided while rebuilding on the fly behind Dalton and Green. Cincinnati committed 10 penalties for 109 yards and offered little resistance when the defending AFC champions erupted with their best 15 minutes of football this season.

The Steelers have been a mixed bag at times this season, often playing to the level of their competition. They barely escaped woeful Kansas City with a win last Sunday night, raising concerns about Roethlisberger’s fractured right thumb and a defense nursing injuries to safety Troy Polamalu (concussion) and LaMarr Woodley (hamstring).

Roethlisberger, who aggravated the injury in practice during the week, overcame a slow start to complete 15 of 23 passes for 176 yards and the two scores to Wallace. His final completion, a 9-yard toss to tight end David Johnson in the fourth quarter, was the 2,026th of his career, one more than Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw’s club record.

It was just part of another historic day for the Steelers. Wide receiver Hines Ward became the 19th player in NFL history to eclipse 12,000 career yards receiving while linebacker James Harrison collected three sacks for the second time this year.

Click here for the Steelers-Bengals photo gallery!

Cincinnati’s miscues started early. The Bengals crisply drove down the field on their opening possession, but a 4-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to Jermaine Gresham was wiped out by a false start penalty on Green, who flinched ever so slightly just before the snap.

The Bengals settled for a Mike Nugent field goal only to have it called back after being flagged for delay of game. Nugent’s kick never had a shot the second time around. Rookie Cam Heyward swatted it out of harm’s way to record Pittsburgh’s first blocked kick since Sept. 10, 2009.

It’s as close as the Bengals would get to making it interesting.

Mendenhall, who has been erratic, gave the Steelers the lead with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. He upped the lead to 14-0 with a nifty 5-yard cutback run, the 28th touchdown of his career, moving him into fifth on the team’s all-time list.

The Bengals continued to self-destruct on the ensuing kickoff. Pittsburgh’s Stevenson Sylvester stripped Brandon Tate and the Steelers recovered at the Cincinnati 23. Roethlisberger needed just three plays to hit Wallace for a 12-yard score to make it 21-0.

Dalton found Green for an 11-yard score to briefly give the Bengals life, but Brown extinguished any momentum with a scintillating punt return just before the half that gave the Steelers a 28-7 lead at the break.

The Bengals came in with an NFL-record three double-digit second half rallies, but not this time. Playing with a lead Pittsburgh’s defense teed off on Dalton, who was removed from the game in the fourth quarter as a protective measure by Lewis with the Bengals hopelessly behind.

The Steelers don’t have much time to enjoy their win. They will face off this Thursday night against the Cleveland Browns at 8:20 p.m.

RELATED LINKS:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Cincinnati Bengals
More Steelers News

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Filed under: Football, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Ben Roethlisberger, Career Completions, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Heinz Field, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Team Record, Week 13

Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Talking Steelers Football – 10/31

Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : Audio

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Harrison is Digest Player of Week

JAMES HARRISONOutside LinebackerSacks and takeaways long have been the hallmarks of the Steelers defense, and pressure on the passer had a lot to do with that unit’s contribution to the team’s deci...

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : News

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Woodley: Hamstring will be issue rest of the season

LaMarr Woodley is hopeful he will play this week after sitting out the final three quarters against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Black and Gold Sunday 12-4-11

PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA) — Black and Gold Sunday with KDKA Radio’s Rob Pratte live from Kuhn’s Market on McKnight Road had a jam-packed day of NFL picks.

Rob was joined by Pine-Richland High School football coach Clair Altemus, AP football writer Dave Goldberg, and as always Ted Arneault to talk football from the high school level to the pros.

You can listen to their picks here and see how they compare to yours at home!

Filed under: College, Football, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Black And Gold Sunday, Clair Altemus, dave goldberg, Rob Pratte, Ted Arneault

Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Tomlin on win over Bengals

Coach Mike Tomlin: It was great to get the win in our place. It was a very necessary AFC North winning performance by our guys. We fell short in some areas but we always will. We aren’t going to co...

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : News

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Sunday Morning Sermon: Final Thoughts On Bengals at Steelers Week 13

The pressure of the Real Season will hit both of these teams. One of those teams is raw, inexperienced and unfamiliar with how to win games with less than 100 percent health.

One of them is built specifically to play late into the season. They have loads of experience playing with new combinations of players at different positions.

But The Church asks, what happens when the experienced team is healthier than the inexperienced team?

We'll find out in about three hours.

  • In a Make or Break game for the Cincinnati Bengals, the last opponent they want to be facing is a healthy Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Cincinnati has made an art form out of comebacks. If that throat is exposed, step on it. Keep stepping on it. You gotta unload a clip to beat this team.
  • The Bengals secondary is more depleted than it's ever been. That isn't just reason to throw the ball, it's an invitation for this offense that's looking to see Hines Ward get 12,000 yards, get Wallace 1,000 yards and Brother Heath his 330th catch.
  • It's possible to achieve apocalyptic-like pressure on Andy Dalton. That's the aim today.

Who Wants It?

The pressure's all on Brother Ben. He loves these moments. He knows he didn't play well last week - or in Week 10 when he had a chance to jam a dagger into the Bengals backs. It's time for him to kick it into leadership mode, because he makes everyone better. It's time to bring everything together.

Ben's showed his opposition deep passes, short passes, escapability, precision...it's time to bring all of that together in one manic, wildly unpredictable performance.

The rest of the AFC is watching this Steelers team, waiting to see whether they'll begin a late-season charge. Ben is built for football this time of year. This is his game to win or lose.

Song Of Choice

It's one of the most recognizable intros in rock history. Just the first few chords of AC/DC's Thunderstruck makes you feel like you mean business. It means it's time to get fired up. Put the talk aside and get ready for battle.

Unfortunately, it's such an obvious Stadium Song it's been overdone beyond it's highest and best usefulness. But imagine, if you will, the first time you heard it - hopefully it was before a game - and how your pulse increased, blood pressure rose a bit and you were ready to yell and scream.

That's The Church right now.

Benediction

  • May Brother Mike Wallace take his second consecutive 1,000-yard season with authority. He cannot be stopped today.
  • May the return of Brother LaMarr truly end up being the most important plot-line of what will be a successful season. He and Brother James are born to disrupt offensive rhythm, inflict punishment and give the ball back to the offense.
  • May Pittsburgh's offensive line remember it's not the sum of their parts, but the sum of their whole, that dictates success.
  • May the focus of the team be on the Cincinnati Bengals for four quarters, 60 minutes, 70 plays and just this week. They can watch whatever afternoon game they want in a victorious locker room, but there isn't much to watch if they lose.



Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Talking Steelers Football – 11/1

Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : Audio

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Talking Steelers Football – 11/3

Bob Labriola and Mike Prisuta host Talkin' Steelers Football.

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : Audio

Discuss this article and more at our Pittsburgh Steelers forum

Shop Pittsburgh Steelers Gear

Powered by WordPress