Steelers dominate Bengals

The Steelers started slowly, but a 28-point second half gave them their eighth consecutive win in Cincinnati.

CINCINNATI – It wasn't pretty, at least for a half.

But by the time it was over, the results were as they usually are when the Pittsburgh Steelers trave to Cincinnati.

After a slow start, Pittsburgh's offense exploded for 28 second-half points.

And Cincinnati's once-potent offense had no answer as the Steelers routed the Bengals, 38-10, Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

Running back Mewelde Moore, subbing for injured Willie Parker, rushed for 120 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns – two rushing, one receiving – as the Steelers improved to 5-1.

Cincinnati, which managed just 212 total yards and allowed seven sacks, falls to 0-7.

Cincinnati failed to record a first down until there was 4:47 remaining in the first half, eliciting a mock cheer from the home crowd.

But the Bengals did go 92 yards on that possession, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick – who was starting in place of injured Carson Palmer – to Chad Ocho Cinco.

Despite a first half in which the defense had largely dominated play, the Steelers led just 10-7 on a short Ben Roethlisberger TD pass to Moore and a Jeff Reed field goal.

Moore did a nice imitation of Parker on Pittsburgh's opening possession of the second half, scooting 24 yards around left end on the Steelers' first play from scrimmage and finishing off a 55-yard drive with a 13-yard touchdown run, untouched around left end.

Down 17-7, the Bengals mounted a drive, taking the ball to the Pittsburgh 5-yard line. But LaMarr Woodley sacked Fitzpatrick on second down and Cincinnati settled for a 26-yard field goal to cut the gap to 17-10.

Roethlisberger, who finished 17 of 28 for 216 yards and two touchdowns, secured the win in the fourth quarter, throwing a perfect 50-yard bomb to Nate Washington for a touchdown and a 24-10 lead.

Moore added another touchdown run – from two yards out – and Byron Leftwich, subbing for Roethlisberger with the game in hand, threw a 16-yard TD pass to Hines Ward coming out of the two-minute warning to finish off a 21-point fourth quarter.

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