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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals Beat Writer Joe Reedy joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller to discuss the Steelers’ win over the Bengals, and Head Coach Marvin Lewis’ postgame comments in which he made it sound like the Bengals had come away with some sort of moral victory.
Reedy said there was something to take from the Bengals loss in that they were down 14-0, and past teams would have just packed it in, but this team stayed resilient and made it a game.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers Insider Ed Bouchette stopped by The Fan Morning Show for his weekly Monday morning Steelers recap to break down the Steelers’ win over the Bengals.
Bouchette also discusses how things look heading into the bye week.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — The Steelers beat Cincinnati, 24-17, Sunday and received some help a few hours later.
The Baltimore Ravens (6-3) went out to Seattle and lost, 22-17, meaning Pittsburgh (7-3) is back in first place in the AFC North. That, despite losing twice to the Ravens this season.
Just as they did after a 35-7 Week 1 beat down, the Ravens lost after an emotional win against the Steelers. In Week 2 the Ravens lost at Tennessee, 26-13.
Pittsburgh is a half game ahead of both Baltimore and Cincinnati (6-3), who play each other this week. If the Ravens win they move back into sole possession of first place. If Cincinnati wins the Steelers stay in first place, as they own a tiebreaker over the Bengals from Sunday’s win.
The Steelers have their bye week this week and return to action Nov. 27 at Kansas City.
CINCINNATI (KDKA/AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to shake off a last-second loss to the Baltimore Ravens last weekend as they headed into Cincinnati Sunday afternoon for a showdown with the Bengals.
It was a game of possible playoff implications as the Bengals (6-3) and the Steelers (7-3) met for the first time this season. They’ll play again Dec. 4 at Heinz Field.
While the Bengals rallied and tied up the game in the third quarter after falling behind the early, the Steelers never trailed and managed to hang on for a 24-17 victory.
Rashard Mendenhall ran for a pair of touchdowns in the win, and the Steelers – who came into the game with only two interceptions all season – intercepted rookie quarterback Andy Dalton twice in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Cornerback William Gay anticipated Dalton’s throw and stepped in front of Jerome Simpson for the clinching interception inside the Pittsburgh 20-yard line with 2:27 left to play.
After the game, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin talked about pulling out the win and heading into the bye week.
“I’ll take it; I wouldn’t necessarily say I was pleased – I’d be pleased if we were 10-0 but we’re not – we are what we are,” said Tomlin. “I haven’t ran across a bye that I didn’t like. I always get that question, that’s really funny to me – you know, you get it when you get it.”
Dalton handled most of what Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau threw at him. He had two more touchdown passes, giving him 14 overall — the most by a rookie quarterback in his first nine games since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.
But in the end, a Steelers defense that’s finally getting healthy and forcing turnovers got to him.
Dalton was 15 of 30 for 170 yards and touchdown passes of 36 yards to fellow rookie A.J. Green and 1 yard to Jermaine Gresham.
Meanwhile, even though they lost to the Steelers, Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis said he felt as if his team measured up.
“We got work to do and we’re going to be in the same position regardless – we’d like to have had the win, we didn’t get it and we’ve got to go to work – but I don’t think this team needs to worry about now whether they can play with the so-called elite of the AFC cause they can and will,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh got a needed win by putting together long, balanced drives while thousands of Steelers fans waved Terrible Towels in the first sellout crowd of the season at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Bengals received the ball to start the game and took over on their own 20 yard line, but went nowhere as the Steelers defense forced a quick three-and-out.
Pittsburgh began their first possession of the game on their own 46 yard line.
Facing a 3rd-and-10 from the Cincy 16 yard line, Ben Roethlisberger got flushed out of the pocket and found Jerricho Cotchery wide open in the endzone to put the Steelers up 7-0. The touchdown capped an eight-play, 54-yard drive.
Roethlisberger was 21 of 33 for 245 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was sacked five times, matching his season high.
After forcing another three-and-out, the Steelers marched down the field and added to their lead.
The drive was in danger of stalling out at the Bengals’ 20 yard line, but Roethlisberger found Heath Miller for a 15-yard pass to move the chains. On the next play, Mendenhall broke a tackle and dove into the endzone to put Pittsburgh up 14-0.
The Bengals finally moved the ball on their third possession of the opening quarter and cut the lead in half.
Dalton went deep downfield and found A.J. Green for a 36-yard touchdown into double-coverage with 14 seconds to play in the first quarter. The Bengals’ scoring drive covered 79 yards in just seven plays.
On the Steelers next drive, Miller bobbled a pass from Roethlisberger and saw it fall into the arms of Cincinnati’s Leon Hall.
However, the Steelers defense came up with a big stop to force the Bengals to settle for a 43-yard field goal by Mike Nugent to cut the lead to 14-10.
After trading possessions without putting points on the board, the Steelers orchestrated a 16-play, 67-yard drive which ended in a 39-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham to give Pittsburgh a 17-10 lead.
Pittsburgh would take that lead into halftime and got the ball back to open the second half. However, they were forced to punt it away after just three plays.
Cincinnati wasted no time tying the game either. Dalton hooked up with Jermain Gresham for a 1-yard touchdown pass to cap off an 11-play, 67-yard drive with 8:38 to play in the third quarter.
But on the ensuing drive, the Steelers regained the lead.
Mendenhall broke a tackle on a run up the middle and stretched for the goal line to put Pittsburgh up 24-17. The 9-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 81-yard drive.
Next week, the Steelers have a bye week. After that, they will head to Kansas City for a game against the Chiefs at 8:20 p.m. on Nov. 27.
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PITTSBURGH (NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA0 — KDKA Radio’s Rob Pratte discusses football with Ted in Ted’s Picks, as well as the recent Penn State child sexual abuse case with attorney Jim Ross. Dave Goldberg joins the show later and adds his expertise.
Pratte also talks to Ty Ballou from Ballou Skies about the group’s team to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy research.
Listen to Black & Gold Sundays with Rob Pratte every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA!
Filed under: Football, Heard On NEWSRADIO 1020 KDKA, Sports, Steelers Tagged: Black & Gold Sundays, dave goldberg, Football, Jim Ross, Muscular Dystrophy, Penn State, Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal, Rob Pratte, Ted’s Picks, Ty Ballou
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Fan Morning Show News Anchor Jim Colony chats with Pittsburgh Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey for their weekly discussion of life, football and all things in between.
You can catch In Depth With Maurkice Pouncey every Friday at 7:40 a.m. on The Fan Morning show.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Boomer Esiason, football analyst for NFL Today, previews this weekend’s divisional clash this Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers safety Ryan Clark was fined $40,000 Wednesday for a hit in Sunday night’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
It’s the second straight week Clark has been fined, as he received a $15,000 fine last week for a hit against the New England Patriots. Clark actually spoke out in approval for the first fine, but he wasn’t as supportive of the league’s decision on Wednesday.
Quite simply, Clark said “this time it’s wrong.”
“We watched this in slo-mo as a team, and as a team say if you’re going to dislodge the ball from somebody, this is the legal way to do it,” Clark said. “This is what we talked about in our meeting.”
Clark hit Ravens wide receiver Ed Dickson down field, jarring the ball loose and causing an incompletion. His helmet grazed the facemask of Dickson, but most of the impact appeared to be between Clark’s shoulder and the chest of the receiver.
Clark was flagged on the play, but Steelers coach Mike Tomlin pointed out to his players this week that Clark — despite the flag — made the perfect play to dislodge the ball from the receiver.
“I think the fine that Ryan Clark received was excessive,” Tomlin said in a statement. “I am a proponent of player safety and the league’s pursuit of improvement in this area. I, like the vast majority of people in this industry, witness daily the steep price that these young men pay to play this game on so many levels.
“Ryan has my full support if he chooses to appeal this in any way.”
Clark says he expects to appeal the fine, but he’s not optimistic the penalty will change.
“I mean you can appeal but I’m appealing to the same person (Roger Goodell),” he said. “The same man (that issued the fine). I know he’s not going to sit across from because I’m not going to sit across from him unless they handcuff me, which is probably the next step anyway.”
Other quotables from Clark regarding the fine:
- “There wasn’t anything malicious about it. It wasn’t a spear. It wasn’t a forearm to the head. It wasn’t any of those things and to be fined $40,000 for that? To me it’s either targeting me as a single player or it’s targeting this team.”
- “I was actually expecting to get a call back and say that it wasn’t wrong, because it wasn’t. I did everything I was asked to do and Goodell and all those other guys, they sit in their office with their suits and make these decisions on what a split-second reaction by the player is and this time it’s wrong.”
- “Am I supposed to let him catch it and then wait for him and hug him? Should I throw a pillow at him? Should I blow a whistle? ‘Hey look, I’m about to tackle you.’ No, that’s not football.”
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Andrew Fillipponi is once again joined live at Nakama by Steelers safety Ryan Clark.
Ryan describes Sunday night’s loss to the Ravens as a flag-fest, but it was not the reason for the defeat. Ryan still cannot understand the fact that he was flagged for his hit, but Ray Lewis got a free nearly-identical shot on Hines Ward.
Ryan would not welcome a meeting with NFL brass about his playing style. Ryan is losing sleep over his mistake on the last play.
Charlie Batch gives away a pair of passes to his charity gaming event. Ryan lets Charlie and Dennis Dixon win most of the competitions. Both the Steelers and Ravens ran some no huddle offense on Sunday.
Ryan modestly admits that he was one heck of a third baseman before he gave it up to pursue summer league basketball.
The Penn State scandal will be talked about in the Steelers locker room. Andy Dalton and AJ Green will present a challenge this week with the high-flying Bengals.
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders had knee surgery and he will be out for “a couple weeks,” according to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin in his weekly press conference Tuesday.
“Emmanuel Sanders had his knee scoped,” Tomlin said. “He should be a couple weeks. That was deemed a success.”
Sanders had been away from the team for much of last week as he had a death in the family. There is not yet a concrete time line of when he might return.
Tomlin also said that punter Daniel Sepulveda had successful surgery. He was placed on injured reserve before the Baltimore game, ending his season. The Steelers have since signed Jeremy Kapinos.
Tomlin went on to say that wide receiver Hines Ward, who left Sunday night’s game with concussion-like symptoms, is doing well. Ward said on the 93-7 The Fan morning show that he expects to play Sunday at Cincinnati, and Tomlin alluded that Ward should be just fine.
“Hines appears to be doing well with his concussion-like symptoms,” Tomlin said. “It shouldn’t prohibit him or slow him down in any form or fashion this week. We’ll assess him again (Wednesday) as we get started with our work week.”
Linebackers James Farrior and Lamarr Woodley are both a risk to miss Sunday’s game with injuries. Farrior has a calf injury that has kept him out the last two weeks, and Woodley missed last week with a pulled hamstring.
Participation for both in practice will determine their ability to play Sunday.
“We’ll take a look at Lamarr Woodley and see where he is with his hamstring,” Tomlin said. “Just like last week, participation over the course of the week will dictate his availability.”
Other injury news:
- Both wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester are dealing with swelling issues that could keep them out of practice this week.
- Wide receiver and special teams ace Arnaz Battle is dealing with a hamstring injury and he will be monitored this week.
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