Sunday, February 25, 2024

Steelers score early, thrash Bengals 34-11

The Pittsburgh Steelers scored an 86-yard TD on their second play from scrimmage and never looked back as they downed division rivals the Cincinnati Bengals 34-11.

It’s been a tumultuous season for the Steelers, but this game was over after their second possession, a 10-play 80-yard drive that was capped off with an Austin touchdown. Pittsburgh were never threatened after that, running out to a 24-0 lead before Cincinnati finally showed some life in the second half.

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Mason Rudolph finally showed some of why the Steelers drafted him throwing for 290 yards and 2 scores with no interceptions. “You have confidence in yourself as a player,” the longtime backup quarterback said. “But I’m kinda thinking, ‘Am I going to jump into the commercial real estate realm next year or am I going to play quarterback?’”

It was a bit of a turning of the tables for the two head coaches. There have been calls for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to be sacked lately, but he told his team pre game, “scared money don’t make money.” And that is always the way Tomlin has coached.

After some impressive performances with Jake Browning at QB, the Bengals came back to earth with a bump. “This is a humbling league, this is a humbling day,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said.

Cincinnati BengalsPittsburgh Steelers
1st Downs1716
Passing 1st downs137
Rushing 1st downs39
1st downs from penalties10
3rd down efficiency6-137-14
4th down efficiency0-20-0
Total Plays6158
Total Yards368397
Total Drives1111
Yards per Play6.06.8
Passing309284
Comp-Att28-4217-27
Yards per pass6.910.1
Interceptions thrown30
Sacks-Yards Lost3-261-6
Rushing59113
Rushing Attempts1630
Yards per rush3.73.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-32-3
Penalties3-202-15
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost00
Interceptions thrown30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:4928:11

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