Steelers 10

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Bengals 20

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, September 16, 2013

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
PIT 3 7 0 010
CIN 7 3 7 320

Top Performers

Passing: A. Dalton (CIN) - 280 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: B. Green-Ellis (CIN) - 22 CAR, 75 YDS

Receiving: E. Sanders (PIT) - 5 REC, 78 YDS

Giovani Bernard's 2-TD night helps Bengals send Steelers to 0-2

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Running back Giovani Bernard slipped through the line, caught Andy Dalton's short pass, then turned and saw something shocking.

One of the NFL's top defenses had given him a big opening.

The elusive rookie turned the catch into a 27-yard touchdown on Monday night, one of his two scores that made the difference in the Cincinnati Bengals' 20-10 victory over the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers.

"I saw green grass," said Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina. "Once you see green grass, you've got to take it. You don't get many chances like that. When you do, you've got to take it."

He wasn't the only rookie putting his imprint on an old rivalry. First-round pick Tyler Eifert made a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard's 7-yard run for his first NFL touchdown. Together, they gave a preview of what the Bengals (1-1) could become with two new pass-catchers in the offense.

"Gio's done a good job," Dalton said. "We drafted him to be versatile, move around the backfield and make big plays. And that's exactly what we've gotten out of him."

The Bengals piled up 407 yards on one of the league's toughest defenses, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes.

The Steelers fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002, done in by another game of self-destruction on offense. Pittsburgh had two turnovers in scoring range and couldn't hold the ball long enough to give its defense a breather, failing to get a first down on seven of its 12 possessions.

"There's not a lot of positives going on right now," said Ben Roethlisberger, who was 20-of-37 passing for 251 yards with one touchdown and a deflected interception. "We can't start doubting each other. Right now, there's a general feeling of being upset."

The game was a chance for the Bengals to show they've supplanted the Steelers in the AFC North. They beat Pittsburgh 13-10 at Heinz Field last December to reach the playoffs, and now have moved ahead of the Steelers again with a rare Monday night win.

Cincinnati is 10-20 in Monday night games.

"This doesn't define anything until you look back at the end of the year," coach Marvin Lewis said.

The Bengals put the ball in the Dalton's hands in the first half, letting him pass away while they all but abandoned the run. Dalton had an up-and-down game, finishing 25-of-45 for 280 yards.

Cincinnati's rookies provided the big plays.

Eifert got open between cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Ryan Clark for his 61-yard catch.

The Steelers needed to get their offense moving after a horrid opener. They ran for only 32 yards, and Roethlisberger was sacked five times during a 16-9 home loss to Tennessee. Worse, the Steelers lost Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey for the season with a torn knee ligament. Fernando Velasco, signed a week earlier, started in his place Monday.

Roethlisberger got Pittsburgh's offense moving in spurts against Cincinnati. He completed all five of his passes on a touchdown drive that pulled the Steelers into a 10-10 tie at halftime, including completions of 19 and 43 yards to Emmanuel Sanders.

Shaun Suisham kicked a 44-yard field goal, and the Steelers had a chance to add to the lead in the first half. But another mistake -- and they've had a lot of those already -- provided the game's first turning point.

Pinned at their 3-yard line after a punt, the Steelers drove into scoring position. Roethlisberger completed a 34-yard pass to tight end David Paulson, who fumbled the ball as he was tackled. Adam Jones forced the fumble and recovered it at the Cincinnati 13-yard line.

Another of Roethlisberger's passes went off Jerricho Cotchery's hands and was picked off at the Bengals' 13 in the fourth quarter, essentially sealing it.

The most intriguing question: Could Steeler-turned-Bengal James Harrison leave a mark on Pittsburgh's mess of an offense?

Nope. He didn't have a sack or a tackle.

Game notes

The Bengals rushed for 127 yards, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis getting 75 on 22 carries. Bernard ran eight times for 38 yards. ... The Bengals have consecutive wins over the Steelers for the first time since 2009. ... Roethlisberger was sacked twice by a defense that failed to get one against Chicago.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1422
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5579
Total Yards278407
Yards per play5.15.2
Total Drives1212
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-11-2
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

pitFG10:47Shaun Suisham 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yds, 1:26
cinTD1:03Giovani Bernard 7 Yard Run (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 87 yds, 2:25
cinFG13:19Mike Nugent 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 35 yds, 1:45
pitTD2:00Derek Moye 1 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yds, 2:19
cinTD6:17Giovani Bernard 27 Yard Pass From Andy Dalton (Mike Nugent Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 78 yds, 5:08
cinFG7:54Mike Nugent 25 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 57 yds, 6:51

Research Notes

Ben Roethlisberger struggled on passes that traveled 15 or more yards downfield Monday, completing 4-15 attempts (26.7%). Of his 11 incompletions on such throws, 9 were the result of overthrows. Monday was the first time Roethlisberger has had 9 overthrows on passes of any length in a game since 2006.
The Bengals held the Steelers to 13 yards after contact on 16 rushes Monday. Steelers running backs did not gain more than 2 yards after contact on any rush. Through the first two weeks, the Bengals have allowed 0.95 yards after contact per rush, tied for second in the league.
The Bengals sacked or put Ben Roethlisberger under duress on 11 of his 40 dropbacks (27.5%) Monday and he was 1-9 for 1 yard and an interception on those plays. It is his lowest yards per attempt while under duress in a game since 2009 (min. 5 attempts).
Giovani Bernard scored the first two touchdowns of his NFL career Monday night, offering a nice change of pace for the Bengals offense. The Bengals averaged 7.2 yards per play on Bernard touches, including his 27-yard game-winning touchdown reception, and 4.9 yards per play on other plays.
The Steelers have gone eight games without 100 rushing yards, tied for the longest streak in franchise history and the longest active streak in the NFL.
Andy Dalton completed 17-20 passes 5 yards or fewer downfield for 134 yards Monday, including 4-4 on third down (led to three first downs). In two meetings with the Steelers last season, Dalton completed a combined 17 passes on such throws and was 2-6 on third down (zero first downs).
Andy Dalton's 61-yard pass to Tyler Eifert in the 1st quarter Monday was the second-longest completion of his career. Dalton's longest career completion came in Week 2 in 2011, which went to Jerome Simpson for 84 yards.
Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton combined for 16 over or under-throws in the first half, the most in any NFL half this season.
The Steelers 75 rushing yards through 2 games ranks 31st in the NFL (only Giants have less rush yards with 73). In Week 2 alone, there were 15 PLAYERS who rushed for 75 yards or more.
Ben Roethlisberger is 1-6 for 34 yards on passes traveling 15+ yards downfield. Last season he completed 40 percent of such throws.
Of Andy Dalton's 36 attempts, 17 have been within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. He is 14-17 for 117 yards and the TD pass to Giovani Bernard on those throws.

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