Steelers WR Hines Ward topped 10,000 yards receiving for his career Sunday, but it came in a 23-20 loss to the red-hot Bengals.
Rookie Mike Wallace has likely clinched the Steelers’ third receiver job after catching seven passes for 102 yards in Sunday’s loss, while competitor Limas Sweed dropped an easy touchdown.
Despite some mid-week speculation that Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall would overtake starter Willie Parker, Mendenhall didn’t get a single carry in Week 3.
Bengals RB Brian Leonard revealed that he was the last of Carson Palmer’s reads when he caught a short pass on fourth-and-ten and turned it into an 11-yard gain to set up WR Andre Caldwell’s game-winning touchdown.
Cincinnati was a four-point underdog coming into the game, so many-a-bettor lost out on Caldwell’s receiving score with 14 seconds remaining.
Bengals LB Rey Maualuga and CB Leon Hall both suffered knee injuries Sunday, but returned to finish the game.
On paper, the Bengals have a good shot at being 5-2 heading into their Week 8 bye.