The win for Pittsburgh is its seventh consecutive win in Cincinnati and the 15th in the last 18 years. It also pushes the Steelers record to 5-2 overall, and 2-0 in the suddenly tight AFC North, while Cincinnati falls to 2-5.
Offensively, Hines Ward played like it was 2001 as he hauled in eight passes for 88 yards, including two first half touchdowns from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger finished the afternoon 19-of-26 passing for 230 yards and two touchdowns.
For the second consecutive week the Steelers struggled to get a consistent pass rush but still managed to hold the Cincinnati offense to only 13 points. Carson Palmer hit on 23-of-31 passes for 206 yards and one touchdown.
The turning point of the game seemed to come late in the first half when Cincinnati, facing a fourth-and-1 from the Steelers' 2-yard line, elected to kick a chip-shot field instead of going for it. The Steelers responded by ending the half on a clock-killing 67-yard touchdown drive that was capped off on a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Willie Parker.
Parker finished with 126 yards on 22 carries, his fifth 100-yard game of the season.
The Steelers return home next Monday night for another important divisional contest with the Baltimore Ravens.