Coming into Monday Night Football, both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals found themselves at 0-3. While neither would be locks to make the playoffs, a fourth consecutive loss surely would eliminate them both. The Steelers, without long-time starting quarterback ‘Big’ Ben Roethlisberger ended up shrugging over the Bengals to win 27-3 in a blowout.
Cincy scored the first three points, doing so midway through the first quarter, but they were then stopped from doing much of anything else. Mason Rudolph was solid under center for the Steelers, throwing for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 24-28. It was a case of death by a thousand paper cuts, but the Steelers will still take what they can get. The win, while not appearing to be that great for them, get them to within one game of both the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens, who are each at 2-2. You just never know in the NFL, and if they can keep up playing defense like that, they could challenge in the AFC North if the cards fall just right.