The Cincinnati Bengals snapped their five-game home losing streak to the Pittsburgh Steelers with a hard-fought victory over the Super Bowl Champions, winning 23-20.
The win puts the Bengals into great position inside the division, trailing the 3-0 Baltimore Ravens by one game heading into next week’s contest at Cleveland:
Toughness – These Bengals have an attitude, especially of defense. They went to battle with one of the league’s most fearsome team and hung in like a heavyweight fighter going for the knockout in the 15th round. The attitude is something we have not seen in years in the Queen City.
Strong Finish – Carson Palmer drove them 16 plays, 71 yards, while converting two fourth downs and then got the two-point conversion.
Andre Caldwell – The final stat line of six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown isn’t overwhelming, but the second-year wideout made big plays all day. It started with his electrifying opening kickoff and ended with his first career touchdown winning the team the game. Maybe fans should temper their demands for Chris Henry.
Brian Leonard – The second-team running back converted the biggest play of his career when his second effort on a screen pass on 4th down at 10 allowed the drive continue and prevented the loss. Seconds later the Bengals scored the winning touchdown.
First Quarter – The first two drives were stalled by stupid penalties and the Steelers outgained the Bengals 152 to -10 in total yards.
The Snap – For the second time this year long-snapper Brad St. Louis sailed one over the head of holder Kevin Huber. This time it was on an extra-point conversion, but it was terrible. If it hadn’t been for the amazing comeback this could have been looked at as one of the plays that cost the Bengals the game.
QUOTE TO NOTE
I think the guys are doing a good job of really working together. They keep growing, and keep getting better and better. We just have to keep working. I think it's been good, those five guys working together. – head coach Marvin Lewis on the play of the offensive line
NEXT UP: at Cleveland (0-3, 0-1 in AFC North)