Final

Steelers 38

(5-1, 3-1 away)

Bengals 10

(0-7, 0-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, October 19, 2008

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
PIT 10 0 7 2138
CIN 0 7 3 010

Top Performers

Passing: B. Roethlisberger (PIT) - 216 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Moore (PIT) - 20 CAR, 120 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: S. Holmes (PIT) - 5 REC, 89 YDS

Moore scores three TDs, defense gets 7 sacks in Steelers' win

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Mewelde Moore describes his job in three words.

The running back who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers to play "in case of" injury to starter Willie Parker had his best performance as a fill-in on Sunday, one that could be summed up in only one word.

Indispensable.

Fast Facts

• Starting for an injured Willie Parker, Mewelde Moore rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a receiving TD. It's the first multi-TD game of his career and his fifth career 100-yard rushing game (first since 2005).

• Ohio native Ben Roethlisberger improved to 11-0 in his home state as the Steelers won their eighth straight in Cincinnati (including playoffs) and fourth overall vs. the Bengals.

• LaMarr Woodley recorded two of the Steelers seven sacks, giving him 6.5 in the last four games.

• In his first start since Week 12 of 2007, Cedric Benson rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries.

• Cincinnati's offense is now averaging an NFL-worst 225.6 yards per game in 2008.

-- ESPN research

Moore scored a career-high three touchdowns, and Pittsburgh piled up seven sacks in a 38-10 victory that solidified the Steelers' hold on first place in the AFC North and left the Cincinnati Bengals wallowing without a win at the bottom of the league.

A running back who knows his place had a lot to do with it.

It appeared he was headed back to a reserve role when Parker returned to practice this week, seemingly healthy after being sidelined for two weeks by a sprained knee. But Parker aggravated the injury while working out, and Moore -- signed in the offseason as a free agent from Minnesota -- went back to being the center of attention.

Not that he wants it.

"I signed here to do a job, and that's 'in case of," said Moore, who ran for 120 yards and caught five passes. "Right now, it's just an in-case-of deal. I know when Willie's healthy and ready to roll, I'm going to go back to doing the things that are asked of me."

On Sunday, the Steelers (5-1) asked a lot of him in an offense known for running the ball no matter who's in the backfield. Moore ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught a pass for another.

"We didn't get him to replace Willie," quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. "We got him to be our scat guy, a guy to catch passes, and that's what he's been doing. And he's been doing a great job of running the ball. When we got him, I was excited because I knew what he could do. He's just kind of showing everybody what I've already known."

Thousands of Steelers fans in the crowd of 65,860 twirled their yellow Terrible Towels when Moore bounced off a tackler, landed in the end zone on his back after a 2-yard run, then spiked the ball during a 21-point burst in the fourth quarter that finished off the 0-7 Bengals.

Cincinnati had a 15-yard punt, allowed Pittsburgh a season-high seven sacks, and couldn't get a sack against an offensive line depleted by injuries.

"I'm angry," Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. "That's not good. That's not what professional football is all about. We didn't protect the quarterback, and when you do that, you're going to have a hard time getting the ball up and down the field."

Cincinnati fell to 0-7 for the fifth time since 1991, when Mike Brown took control of the team and the franchise fell into one of the longest stretches of futility in NFL history. Only 18 times since 1991 has a team started a season by losing its first seven games; Cincinnati accounts for five of those.

It's not likely to get much better soon. Quarterback Carson Palmer stood on the sideline in sweatpants, missing his second straight game and his third overall with an elbow injury. Backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a touchdown, but was sacked seven times and fumbled once.

How bad was it? When Cedric Benson ran 4 yards for Cincinnati's initial first down of the game with 4:57 left in the first half, Bengals fans gave a standing ovation.

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"It's hard to look up at the scoreboard at the end of the game and see 38-10," said Fitzpatrick, who went 21-of-35 for 164 yards. "We hung in there pretty good for three quarters, and we thought we had a chance to pull it out."

Not even close.

Roethlisberger improved to 11-0 in his native state -- he's never lost in Cleveland or Cincinnati. With his separated passing shoulder much better after a bye week, Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, including a 50-yarder to Nate Washington that started the fourth-quarter scoring spurt.

"It wasn't easy," Roethlisberger said. "Those guys brought a lot of different blitzes. I think they blitzed us every play. That's the way we should play offense. That's us when we're really clicking."

Game notes


The 38 points matched Pittsburgh's season high. It was the Steelers' most lopsided win since a 38-7 victory over Baltimore last Nov. 5. ... CB Bryant McFadden and S Troy Polamalu got hurt on the same play in the fourth quarter. McFadden suffered an arm injury and was expected to have tests. Polamalu lost his helmet while tackling Benson and was unsteady as he walked off the field. Neither returned. ... Bengals LB Keith Rivers broke his jaw when blocked by WR Hines Ward on the opening drive. The first-round draft pick is expected to miss the rest of the season. ... Cincinnati failed to get a first down on its first four possessions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PIT
CIN
1st Downs2016
Passing 1st downs
1011
Rushing 1st downs
95
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
6-124-16
4th down efficiency
0-02-2
Total Plays5868
Total Yards375212
Yards per play6.53.1
Total Drives1212
Passing250128
Comp-Att
20-3124-39
Yards per pass
8.12.8
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-07-47
Rushing12584
Rushing Attempts
2722
Yards per rush
4.63.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)4-51-2
Penalties3-154-55
Turnovers01
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:3529:25

Passing Leaders

PITC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Roethlisberger17/282167.7200-0
Leftwich3/33411.3100-0
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Fitzpatrick21/351644.7107-47
Palmer3/4112.8000-0

Rushing Leaders

PITCARYDSAVGTDLG
Moore201206.0224
Washington166.006
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson14523.7015
Watson4174.306

Receiving Leaders

PITRECYDSAVGTDLG
Holmes58917.8032
Ward46015.0129
CINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Houshmandzadeh8587.3019
Johnson8526.519

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERPITCIN
pitTD10:02Mewelde Moore, 2 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yds, 5:04
70
pitFG0:45Jeff Reed 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 27 yds, 2:35
100
SECOND QUARTERPITCIN
cinTD0:42Chad Johnson, 5 yd pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Dave Rayner kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 92 yds, 4:48
107
THIRD QUARTERPITCIN
pitTD8:36Mewelde Moore, 13 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yds, 2:47
177
cinFG2:42Dave Rayner 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 49 yds, 5:51
1710
FOURTH QUARTERPITCIN
pitTD8:26Nate Washington, 50 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 91 yds, 2:53
2410
pitTD5:22Mewelde Moore, 2 yd run (Jeff Reed kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 52 yds, 1:36
3110
pitTD2:00Hines Ward, 16 yd pass from Byron Leftwich (Jeff Reed kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 34 yds, 2:56
3810