The Bengals had a chance to legitimize their 6-2 record against the Steelers on Sunday.
And the Bengals failed to deliver.
Pittsburgh squandered an early 14-0 lead, allowing the Bengals to chip away until tying it up in the third quarter on a one-yard touchdown pass from tight end Jemaine Gresham by quarterback Andy Dalton.
The Steelers answered with an 11-play, 81-yard drive to reclaim the lead, via a nine-yard touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall, his second of the game.
Thereafter, the Steelers put the clamps on the Bengals’ offense, with Cincinnati taking only one snap in Pittsburgh territory — a pass that was intercepted by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.
Pittsburgh’s ability to hold a late lead reverses a troubling trend, and allows them to climb back toward the division crown at 7-3, especially if the 6-2 Ravens can’t reverse a troubling trend of playing down to the level of the competition in Seattle.