Report Card: Vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Steelers improved to 5-1 with a 38-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Here's the report card off the game:

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Typically, Ben Roethlisberger had no lofty stats, producing just 216 yards passing, but that's usually a good thing for the Steelers. He completed 17 of 28 and, most important, threw no interceptions and was not sacked for the first time this season. He threw two TDs and Byron Leftwich added another as the two combined for a 121.7 passer rating.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Considering the Steelers were again down to their No. 3 halfback, Mewelde Moore made it look easy. He ran 20 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns in his second straight start. He also caught five passes, one for a touchdown. Moore was the entire running game until Gary Russell mopped up with four carries for no yards.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- The Steelers sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick seven times and held him to 164 yards, but it was Fitzpatrick and not Carson Palmer, and the Bengals offense did rank No. 32 before the game. Fitzpatrick threw one touchdown pass, was not intercepted and had an acceptable 81.1 passer rating.

RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus -- The Bengals wanted to run, and they tried to run early but to little success. Cedric Benson got the call to start and he ran 14 times for 52 yards. Benson did have the longest run all season against the Steelers, 15 yards. There were no touchdowns, and as a whole, the Bengals ran 22 times for 84 yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B -- The kick coverage wasn't as good as it has been, but the Bengals managed a long of just 36 yards, so it wasn't terrible. Again, they got little in returns with Santonio Holmes averaging 7.0 on three punt returns and Najeh Davenport averaging 23.3 on three kick returns. Jeff Reed made his only field-goal try, from 21 yards. P Mitch Berger was so-so with a net of 35.6 on five punts, two inside the 20.

COACHING: B -- The Steelers had a 7-0 lead and first down on Cincinnati's 3 with a chance to put the Bengals away early. Instead, they called three straight passes, all incomplete, and had to settle for a field goal and led by just 10-7 at halftime. Also, late in the game with a 21-point lead, they had backup quarterback Leftwich passing instead of running out the clock.


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