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Giovani Bernard scores two TDs as Bengals knock off Steelers

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After just four carries for 22 yards in his debut against the Chicago Bears last week, Giovani Bernard came through big for the Cincinnati Bengals offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night.

Bernard made the most of limited touches against the Steelers in scoring two touchdowns as the Bengals earned a 20-10 victory over their AFC North rival. The first running back selected in the 2013 draft, Bernard carried eight times for 38 yards and a touchdown and added a 27-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter to break a 10-10 halftime tie.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis still took the majority of the carries for Cincinnati with 75 yards on 22 carries for the Bengals. Andy Dalton was 25 of 45 for 280 yards and a touchdown.

Mike Nugent added a 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to extend the lead and a costly turnover ended the Steelers chances. With the Steelers nearing the Bengals’ redzone, Ben Roethlisberger’s pass deflected off Jericho Cotchery and was picked off by Reggie Nelson with five minutes left to play in the game.

With the loss, the Steelers fall to 0-2 on the year. It’s the first time they’ve dropped their first two games of the season since 2002. A battered stable of running backs couldn’t get anything going for the Steelers as they rushed for just 44 yards on the night. Roethlisberger finished 20 of 37 for 251 yards with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Derek Moye and the interception by Nelson.

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78 Responses to “Giovani Bernard scores two TDs as Bengals knock off Steelers”
  1. bostoncollie says: Sep 16, 2013 11:58 PM

    Gio is an exciting player, quick, reminded me of Sproles a bit…though built to run more.

  2. Joemontanaflacco says: Sep 17, 2013 12:01 AM

    Ray Ray and Trent are doing commentary! Great end to a great and well deserved beatdown. Reality check baby! Cheers!

  3. nflcinbengals says: Sep 17, 2013 12:02 AM

    They are who we thought they were!
    LOL

  4. thesteelskirt says: Sep 17, 2013 12:08 AM

    Ouch, that o- line is young but worthless right now, injuries or not. 0-2 with a thud

  5. shadowcell says: Sep 17, 2013 12:10 AM

    A nice win for the Bengals, but somebody needs to tell Dalton that his receivers aren’t twenty feet tall.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 17, 2013 12:13 AM

    I was wrong, bengals are good. Congrats, good game.

  7. legendaryordinance says: Sep 17, 2013 12:16 AM

    We looked awful. Can anybody tell me why we got rid of Bruce Arians? Todd Hailey offensive schemes suck. Can we get max Starks or Trai Essex back and cut mike Adams. This team lack explosiveness. They’re too vanilla. Just saying.

  8. patsbrat says: Sep 17, 2013 12:25 AM

    A nice win for the Bengals. Name another lawfirm that’s more dependable.

  9. footballchic777 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:26 AM

    We should have beaten the Bear’s last week, but instead gave away a win. It was nice to see them work through trouble at the beginning tonight and get the W! Great physical and mental win!

  10. mercurialcj says: Sep 17, 2013 12:29 AM

    Gio has been exactly as advertised so far. 6.8 ypc in his first two games. Bengals need to give him more touches still!

  11. packfntk says: Sep 17, 2013 12:32 AM

    Man the steelers are struggling. They are beat up, and not looking good.

  12. bharr170 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:32 AM

    Fact remains, this season rides and dies on Andy Dalton. He HAS to continue to improve for this team to go deep in the postseason.

  13. wallacejay says: Sep 17, 2013 12:35 AM

    Adams & Gilbert have to be the worst tackles in the league. I don’t think I’ve ever seen guys as big as they are get owned as much as they do.

  14. bonniebengal says: Sep 17, 2013 12:35 AM

    Thank you so much Carson Palmer. Gio was our second round pick that we got from the Palmer trade. Best thing you ever did for the Bengals.

  15. doe22us says: Sep 17, 2013 12:43 AM

    The Steelers are in trouble to put it mildly.

  16. 1stto6 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:44 AM

    FIRE HALEY now.

    Bench Gilbert. Start Beachum at RT.

    Cut Redman and Paulson.

    Where are the Johnson’s on Offense??

  17. bengalskuta82 says: Sep 17, 2013 12:46 AM

    What’s going through a Steeler fans mind.

    What! I thought the Steelers won. I’m so so surprised. I’m serious. I thought they had the lead in the 4th Q..

    Wake up! Steelers fan, its 2013..You’re living in the past..lol

  18. franklinandbashandflorio says: Sep 17, 2013 1:01 AM

    Calling Jerome Bettis! Calling Jerome Bettis! Emergency! Emergency!

  19. tralfaz1127 says: Sep 17, 2013 1:01 AM

    Gio, and Eifert, are going to be the reason a playoff team becomes a Super Bowl champion.
    Any one that watched the game with a neutral bias, would realize that the officials. total disregard for holding by the stillers was the only thing that kept this game from being a 4 touchdown win.
    Andy Dalton is the only player that keep this team from winning it all, and I don’t think he will.

  20. sirtalonhawk says: Sep 17, 2013 1:09 AM

    Big win by the Bengals!!! Always nice to beat the Steelers. Gio & Eifert along with Gresham are going to be huge down the line this season. Nice to see draft pics contribute this early. WHO DEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. deezenucks says: Sep 17, 2013 1:09 AM

    I can’t wait to wake and read from all the steelers homers like weare, gonna be awesome to see how you spin it. Bottom line, steelers suck and now you know it. Also I don’t care at all for your rings from the 1970s, it’s a different game now and league is bigger.

  22. bengalheel says: Sep 17, 2013 1:20 AM

    They have had their success (two Super Bowl victories), but you have to wonder if this core has met it’s end. What draft picks inspire the new generation of Steelers? This is a team trying to recreate it’s past blueprint for winning, and currently being unable to do so. Being biased, I certainly hope it is.

    And congrats to UNC alum and current Bengal, GIIIIOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  23. richdaddy1231 says: Sep 17, 2013 1:31 AM

    Haley needs to go, and maybe a new hc and gm also

  24. dougyc123 says: Sep 17, 2013 1:35 AM

    I know his pass protection needs some work, but they gotta give this guy more touches. It’s quite obvious to everyone he is far and away the better running back.

  25. truthfactory says: Sep 17, 2013 1:46 AM

    Bernard is a stud. The Bengals are leaving big plays on the field when they give Green-Ellis 75% of the snaps. The kid is a special talent and is a home run threat everytime he touches the ball. I dont get why coaches grandfather a veteran into a starting roll when the rookie should be the starter because he’s the much better talent. He has great hands, run blocking and running ability. Only a matter of time before this kid gets fully unleashed.

  26. waynefontes says: Sep 17, 2013 1:56 AM

    It’s almost time for us to hear about the six rings for the millionth time.

    Which makes sense, because a seventh one isn’t coming anytime soon.

  27. butchhickory says: Sep 17, 2013 2:32 AM

    As a Ravens fan, this breaks my heart.

  28. samquix says: Sep 17, 2013 2:44 AM

    Ike Taylor played hard. Troy looked good too. But Cinci played better. Might be a tough year for Steelers fans. The Bears don’t look like pushovers. So glad footballs back.

  29. bamboozle99 says: Sep 17, 2013 5:08 AM

    It only happened because I dropped him.

  30. teeroyb says: Sep 17, 2013 5:40 AM

    Throughout last year and the first game of this year, I gave Tomlin and Haley the benefit of the doubt. After watching last nights game, it’s evident something has to change. The offense is predictable. Run straight up the gut or Roethlisberger lobs the ball to a receiver running down the sideline. Poor play calling AND poor execution of the plays called.

  31. bleedblackngold96 says: Sep 17, 2013 6:05 AM

    The steelers need a new offensive coordinator. These little 2 yard passes obviously aren’t cutting it. 0-2 this year and 8-8 last year. They should’ve NEVER released Bruce Arians

  32. billh1947 says: Sep 17, 2013 6:25 AM

    The Steeler Nation has to be in shock right now,0-2 and not a very good team with tougher teams than Cinn coming up on the schedule,can you say 6-10. this year even Cleveland has a shot at the Division crown,something that never happened when Pitts. was a good team.

  33. stillperfect says: Sep 17, 2013 6:54 AM

    Looks like someone is missing their one trick pony!

  34. wearethesteelers says: Sep 17, 2013 7:02 AM

    We always start slow and finish strong and we have six rings to prove it.

  35. andyreidisabeachedwalrus says: Sep 17, 2013 7:04 AM

    Fasten your seat belts Steel town fans, gonna be a bumpy ride to not relevant this season.

  36. stoogy says: Sep 17, 2013 7:17 AM

    Time to start panicinng in the Burgh. Bears coming to town. 0-3 start on the way!

  37. bengalsfanbill says: Sep 17, 2013 7:21 AM

    Gio is the real deal and the Steelers didn’t have an answer for him all night. Can you say rebuilding year for the Steelers?

  38. quittsburghstoolers says: Sep 17, 2013 7:25 AM

    75 total team yards rushing for the season after 2 games along with 19 total points scored and an 0-2 record.

    Lucky thing they have that “elite” QB of theirs. He sure is making all the people who have always said he was overrated look really foolish now, huh?

  39. classyjacklambert says: Sep 17, 2013 7:25 AM

    It’s time to start rebuilding from the top down. Tomlin hasn’t shown me anything that says he is a great coach in the 6 years he has been at the helm. We’ve had a good long run with these guys but we need to start working on building the new regime. We will probably still split the series with the browns and ravens this year because they are awful too but it looks like this is the bengals’ year. We are gonna be hard pressed for cap room at the end of the year so it’s time to start making some unpopular cuts. Ben has to stay, but I think he will renegotiate. Polamalu and Heath are gonna be tough choices but there’s no way to keep both of them with the cap space this year. Woolley needs to be evaluated based on performance this year and it is gonna be a long one unfortunately with our offense looking out of sync and unprepared (bye Haley) and our defense just being average or slightly above.

  40. mn1bjb says: Sep 17, 2013 7:40 AM

    As consolation to the Steeler’s fans, the organization still possess 6 super bowl titles.

  41. therealtrenches says: Sep 17, 2013 7:54 AM

    The Bengals have a nice combination of RBs, but the time will come, sooner rather than later, when it will be hard to keep Bernard’s big play ability on the sidelines.

  42. southcarolinamike says: Sep 17, 2013 8:18 AM

    The Steelers were -2 in turnovers. One eliminated a scoring opportunity and resulted in a scoring drive by Cincinnati. At -2, a team has less than a 20% chance of winning a game. Teams have to create turnovers and score off of turnovers. The problem is the Steelers defense doesn’t create turnovers and I doubt their offense could take advantage of one because they have a low level of talent on both sides of the ball. They have some guys who were once good and guys who could be good some day, but very few guys who are good now.

    Big plays off of turnovers my friends. The Steelers haven’t even created a turnover this year.

  43. dexterismyhero says: Sep 17, 2013 8:25 AM

    knock knock…..who’s there? Owen….Owen who?

    You get the point…………….

    there you go Steelers there you go!!!!

  44. getweird4u says: Sep 17, 2013 8:31 AM

    Pittsburgh is in rebuild mode, the draft picks on their O-Line are garbage, I remember fans crying that the Bengals did not draft Decastro last year…thank god that guy looks overmatched out on the feild I will take Zeitler over him anyday of the week and twice on Sunday. (or Monday). Cincy should win this division this year! The Steelers are a great franchise (probably the best in all of sports) but this squad as composed now is a 500 team at best. The Ravens do not look anywhere near as good as they have been the past 5 or 6 years.

  45. bighurt228 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:31 AM

    This kid looks pretty good.

  46. mydogsnameisvick says: Sep 17, 2013 8:41 AM

    Steelers will be lucky to win 6 games this year.

  47. holeinone09 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:50 AM

    No running game to speak of again. When you have to rely 100% on the pass and the defense knows that, they can harass you, which is what the Bengals did last night to Ben. A costly fumble and a horrible tripping penalty took away big Steeler plays that likely could have impacted the game. I will say that many of Ben’s incomplete passes were long last night, not sure why except some of it might have to do with the pressure he was getting. In any event, it is obvious they have a major issue with the running game. None of the current backs they have can be a feature back. Who knows if Bell will be able to become that type of back. They have many key injuries they are dealing with. Hopefully Heath can return soon, as well as Allen. But the expectations this year for me are coming down. Tomlin and Haley need to make adjustments to match the talent of the players they have to work with.

    As a die hard Steeler fan, I plan to cheer each and every game. I have seen more than my share of success with the team, and will support them no matter what. GO STEELERS!!

  48. getyourownname says: Sep 17, 2013 8:53 AM

    Bernard looks like one very, very fast dude.

    If and when Cincy QB is on target, their offense could be tough to stop.

  49. butterstone84 says: Sep 17, 2013 8:54 AM

    If only they had that 1-trick-pony up there in Pitt. I forget his name but he balled out in MIA this Sunday.
    no worries, they have 7 rings. They will let you know about it here soon enough.

  50. eatitfanboy says: Sep 17, 2013 9:04 AM

    Dalton is the weak link in this offense.

    Bernard and Green Ellis make an explosive one-two punch at RB, Gresham and Eifert likewise at TE, we all know about AJ Green, and the offensive line appear solid.

    Dalton’s accuracy was atrocious at times. He kept the Steelers in the game a lot longer than they deserved to be thanks to drive killing over throws and inaccurate passes.

    Giving Dalton too much credit for this win would be like giving a pitcher credit for giving up 7 runs and winning the game 8-7.

  51. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Sep 17, 2013 9:07 AM

    OLine didn’t suck as bad on pass protection, and I also like the fact that there were very few penalties against them in a hostile (noisy) environment. That gives me hope that they may eventually gel into something not ugly.

    Bengals are the victors this week in a solid W. Congratulations and good luck on a healthy season!

  52. steelerfanjo says: Sep 17, 2013 9:07 AM

    Todd Haley has to be fired today. Has to be, there is no excuse for him.

  53. jasonthelee says: Sep 17, 2013 9:12 AM

    It’s all been downhill for those guys since the Tebow game.

  54. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Sep 17, 2013 9:13 AM

    Bengals: 34 carries, 117 yds, 1 TD
    Steelers: 16 carries, 44 yds, 0 TD

    At least one team was playing classic AFCN football, thanks in part to Bernard. He is someone Steelers fans can hate for years to come, since he will only get better as he gets more experience.

  55. polegojim says: Sep 17, 2013 9:25 AM

    Shadowcell…. I was thinking the same thing.

    Good win… but Dalton looked shaky… sailing passes WAY over heads of open receivers… and not much ‘touch’ when needed.

  56. jicjak says: Sep 17, 2013 9:41 AM

    The Bengals are talent laden but are playing very ordinary football. Not impressed whatsoever. With that coach they will never be a Bowl contender.

  57. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 17, 2013 9:42 AM

    Who are you guys going to select with the first pick in the draft?

  58. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 17, 2013 9:45 AM

    Johnny Football?

    You need a QB.

    Heck, you need a team.

  59. lovefootball4life says: Sep 17, 2013 9:50 AM

    “A nice win for the Bengals, but somebody needs to tell Dalton that his receivers aren’t twenty feet tall.”

    LOL this is exactly what I was thinking. I don’t know if he was nervous or if that is just Dalton. Some weird miscommunication for a passing game that is pretty much intact from last year. Clean that up and they will be hard to beat.

    No worries Steeler fans, Penguins start their season in just a few short weeks, so enjoy that and we’ll see you again next year.

  60. toybkshr says: Sep 17, 2013 9:53 AM

    The steelerz haven’t drafted well enough to replace the salary cap cuts they’ve made in the last 2 seasons. Worse, there gonna have to have massive cuts/restructuring in 2014 as well.

    Even if they draft well, they don’t have enough ammunition to reload. Looks like another 2-3 yrs of mediocrity at least.

  61. steelers6ringteam says: Sep 17, 2013 9:56 AM

    It’s still a long season, so don’t count us out yet. Oline is so young and has had no time to gel. Not saying we are going 14-2 but I will not pass judgement until they have had sometime to work. When its all said and done if the Oline can play better this team will start winning games and if they don’t Kevin Colbert may be looking for a new job. 2 no two draft pics and a no 1. they have to play better.

  62. getyourownname says: Sep 17, 2013 9:58 AM

    Meanwhile, Merrill Hoge is very, very confused.

  63. runtheball says: Sep 17, 2013 10:01 AM

    The coaching staff substituting while Ben was trying to get a play off after the fumble was unforgivable. Redman runs 2 yards and braces for the hit. Watch Ryan Clark on the Bengals highlights. Worst starter in the league misses more tackles than anyone can’t cover anyone. They need a FS with range and ball skills. Then the corners would not have to play so far off the receivers.

  64. mkoogs says: Sep 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    I watched Adams in high school (overrated), at OSU (overrated), and now with Pittsburgh. As a Bengals fan, I couldn’t be happier now.

  65. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 17, 2013 10:18 AM

    Steeler tears are the best tears.

  66. pskotte says: Sep 17, 2013 10:50 AM

    The tide has turned in the AFCN.

  67. bonniebengal says: Sep 17, 2013 11:03 AM

    I have to hand it to Mike Brown. In one trade, he got rid of a whining crybaby quarterback (Palmer) and picked up a decent cornerback (Kirkpatrick), a future superstar running back (Gio Bernard), and then also picked up Gio’s RB coach (Hue Jackson)! All as the result of one trade.

  68. bonniebengal says: Sep 17, 2013 11:06 AM

    Domato Peko! He played defense and offense! What a tough, amazing dude. He also had the crowd going. I’ve never seen a player look like they were having so much fun. What a great guy.

  69. bonniebengal says: Sep 17, 2013 11:06 AM

    This team is so good that Andy can basically choke and we still win by 10 points.

  70. restonraven says: Sep 17, 2013 11:13 AM

    The Steelers will have to go 8-6 over their next 14 games in order to finish 8-8. Looking at their schedule, I just don’t it happening with that O-Line. I think the many teams front 7 are licking their chops about getting a crack at that O-line.

    As a Ravens fan – I think the Bengals have the most complete team in the AFC North and should be the favorites to win the division this year.

  71. sellout1983 says: Sep 17, 2013 11:33 AM

    Steelers have lost 7 of their last 9 games.

  72. sbchampsagain says: Sep 17, 2013 1:52 PM

    Wow, that team looked completely average and they STILL beat up the Steelers.
    Going to be a long cold winter in the trailer parks of Southwest PA.

  73. Deb says: Sep 17, 2013 2:18 PM

    Congrats to the Bengals for doing what they needed to do when they needed to do it last night! No matter how inept we were, it takes nothing away from the Bengals for getting the job done and making the plays they had to make.

  74. londonbengal says: Sep 17, 2013 3:15 PM

    After just four carries for 22 yards in his debut against the Chicago Bears last week, Giovani Bernard came through big for the Cincinnati Bengals offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night.
    ================================
    4 carries for 22 ?

    If my maths is right, that’d be 5.5 yards per lug then ?

    That’ll win you some games in this league right there……….

  75. londonbengal says: Sep 17, 2013 3:26 PM

    Dalton is the weak link in this offense.
    ==============================
    Lots of fans seem down on Dalton at the moment, and I understand why.

    It is worth pointing out that Dalton is 20 and 14 in wins so far in his opening 34 reg.season games, and after nearly two decades of ineptitude by the Bengals, I’ll take 20 for 34 any old time.

    Lots of Bengal fans seem to have lost their memory, seems to me.

  76. coachbeck says: Sep 17, 2013 3:55 PM

    Was a solid win. Pitts gonna have ther hands full with Chicago.

    Need to ask the question ….. Is Tomlin just another Barry Switzer? Or can he actually build a team.

    Pitts drafted horribly on his watch. Horrible cap situation. Complete opposite of Cincy.

    Glad we have Mike Brown.

  77. bighurt228 says: Sep 17, 2013 5:10 PM

    Get your nose out of the sand Bengal fans. Your team won a game and they looked decent. The Steelers are a divisional win for you but beating a team on the decline, doesn’t put you in the Super Bowl yet….!

  78. ridgeavenuehr says: Sep 17, 2013 7:02 PM

    Please stop with the Haley bashing! This guy is good-just look at his past record! Oh wait-never mind.

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