The Pittsburgh Steelers acquired off to a superb begin of their 34-11 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and didn’t relent of their most full crew efficiency of the season. The lead continued to construct all through the primary half and by halftime the Steelers had a 24-0 lead over the Bengals. This allowed the protection to do what it does finest: stress the quarterback and create splash performs via turnovers.
Bengals QB Jake Browning spoke to the media after their loss and put it merely in a video of the press convention posted by the Bengals’ account on X“They beat us up,” he mentioned.
Browning had had some wonderful video games previous to at this time, main the Bengals to 3 straight wins that put them firmly again within the playoffs. The primary NFL begin of his profession was towards the Steelers on November 26 and he carried out poorly general in that recreation. Since then, he had amassed 953 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. He led the nationwide media to imagine that he may lead the Bengals not solely to the playoffs, but in addition as a match contender. That every one occurred on this do-or-die Week 16 recreation for each groups. He completed the day with 28 completions on 42 makes an attempt for 335 passing yards, one landing and three interceptions. “I made some silly choices with the ball in my hand and I’ve to do higher,” Browning mentioned.
The primary interception got here on the Bengals’ second drive of the sport. They’d entered the pink zone and on third down Browning tried to throw the ball away. It did not go all the best way out of the again of the tip zone as he had hoped and Patrick Peterson intercepted the ball. His different two interceptions went to S Eric Rowe and OLB Alex Highsmith.
The turnovers the Steelers generated have been largely a results of the stress they placed on Browning. They solely completed the sport with three sacks, however in addition they had eight whole quarterback hits. The Bengals tried a whole lot of screens and fast passes, however when Browning dropped again and gave the protection time, the Steelers took full benefit.
“I feel they know that if they will get you to hesitate a bit of bit, they be ok with their move rush,” Browning mentioned. “I felt like if we did not flip the ball over, we moved the ball properly after which we could not end within the pink zone. And so, credit score to them. That is a superb protection.”
The Bengals entered the Steelers aspect of the sector 5 occasions. They got here away with simply three factors on these drives. The Steelers largely shut down the working recreation, permitting simply 59 speeding yards till the sport acquired out of hand and the Bengals have been pressured to desert the run. From there, Pittsburgh did what it does finest and helped safe a season-saving victory over the Bengals.