The Cincinnati Bengals got embarrassed by their AFC North rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers, on Monday Night losing by a score of 27-3.
The Bengals defense allowed 2nd year quarterback Mason Rudolph to complete 24 passes on 28 attempts for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Steelers did a great job simplifying the playbook for Rudolph which included a few wildcat plays. Running back Jaylen Samuels took part in those wildcat calls and he was credited with 3 completions for 31 yards as well as having 26 rushing yards on 10 attempts. As putrid as the Bengals looked one positive from the game was their run defense, the Steelers leading rusher, James Connor, had only 42 yards on 10 attempts. Conner was also the Steelers leading receiver with 8 receptions for 83 yards and a receiving touchdown.
The Bengals offense was once again non-existent. Quarterback Andy Dalton had 21 completions on 37 attempts for 171 yards, no touchdowns with 1 interception. In the 2nd quarter down 10-3 the Bengals were driving down the field but when they were deep in Steeler territory Andy Dalton had the ball stripped by Bud Dupree. The offensive line had by far their worst performance of the season allowing Andy Dalton to get sacked 8 times. Running back Joe Mixon had a decent game with 62 yards rushing on 15 attempts and the Bengals leading receiver was Auden Tate who had 4 receptions for 50 yards.
The Bengals come back home on Sunday, October 6th to play the 0-3-1 Arizona Cardinals.