The Cincinnati Bengals losing streak against the Pittsburgh Steelers continued on Sunday. Losing 28-21 on rainy afternoon in Cincinnati. Here are some takeaways from one of the NFL’s most competitive Week 6 games.
First quarter: Tyler Boyd scores and Nick Vigil limps
A touchdown from Pittsburgh area native Tyler Boyd put the Bengals on the board first. Coming in the fourth overall drive of the game. Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil left in the next drive with a knee injury. Vigil was out for the rest of the game; leaving the Bengals without one of their best defenders. Cornerback Darqueze Dennard and safety Shawn Williams also left Sunday’s game with injuries. The first quarter concluded with Pittsburgh in the red zone, looking to tie the game.
Second quarter: the Steelers get a boost from James Connor
A James Connor touchdown and Chris Boswell’s extra point tied the game at seven. In the second and third plays of the quarter. Both teams traded the ball back and forth after that game-tying drive. As rain made catching the ball difficult for both teams throughout the first half. Right after the two-minute warning, a JuJu Smith-Schuster catch put the Steelers roughly a yard from the end zone.
One play later, James Conner scored his second touchdown of the game. Giving the Steelers their first lead of the day. With Boswell’s extra point making it 14-7 Steelers with 1:07 left before halftime. Another Tyler Boyd touchdown and Randy Bullock’s extra point tied it once again. As the first half concluded with a 14 all tie.
Third quarter: a lousy quarter for the Bengals offense
The Bengals offense had a lackluster third quarter. This was the only quarter where the Bengals didn’t score. The only scoring play in the quarter was a Chris Boswell field goal. Giving the Steelers a 14-17 lead; in a close call for the Bengals defense. Stopping the Steelers attempts to score a touchdown in a goal line stand.
Fourth quarter: same song, seventh verse
Cincinnati’s offense continued to struggle for much of the fourth quarter. As Chris Boswell made another field goal to give Pittsburgh a 20-14 lead. With the Bengals having roughly three minutes to try to regain the lead. This was an opportunity the Bengals didn’t pass up. A.J. Green came through for the Bengals in this drive. Putting them in the red zone with a reception.
Two plays later, Joe Mixon scored a game-tying touchdown. With a successful Randy Bullock extra point putting the Bengals ahead 21-20. All with 1:18 left the game, which was more than enough time for the Steelers to come back. Thanks to a penalty and an Antonio Brown touchdown. The Bengals would have ten seconds to attempt an ultimately unsuccessful comeback. As the Steelers beat the Bengals for the seventh consecutive time.
Overall: another dramatic loss to Pittsburgh
Sunday was one in a string of recent gut-punching losses for the Bengals against the Steelers. The Bengals struggled with a sluggish offense for most of the second half. While their defense was racked by injuries. Being outpaced in the Steelers final possession. After the Bengals offense snapped back into action in the fourth quarter.
Now the Bengals have to regroup for another formidable opponent. The high-flying and high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs. In a primetime duel next Sunday on the road. Given that upcoming matchup, the Bengals can’t dwell too much on Sunday’s loss.