(Cincinnati) Giovani Bernard scored two first-half touchdowns following a turnaround and the Cincinnati Bengals surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 on Monday night.
The Bengals (3-10-1) led 17-0 at halftime and survived an attempted comeback by the Steelers, who suffered a third straight loss after starting the season with 11 straight wins.
The Pittsburgh team were unable to secure a first try until the sixth minute of the second quarter.
Ryan Finley acted as a starter replacing Joe Burrow, the first pick in the final draft who got injured earlier this season, and he helped the Bengals end an 11-game losing streak against the Steelers.
Finley completed just seven passes for an overhead gain of 89 yards, but his 23-yard run in the fourth quarter gave the Bengals a big touchdown.
“Everyone did a really good job running the games. Ryan had some good runs for us, including the touchdown. Our players were able to adjust as the game progressed, said Bengals head coach Zac Taylor. It has become a battle of turnovers. We had focused on that aspect and that was a big part of the game. ”
It was the second big surprise of the weekend in the NFL. The Steelers were favorite by 14 points and the Los Angeles Rams lost to the New York Jets even though they were favorites by 17 points. It was the first time since the 1970s that two favorite teams by 14 or more points had lost on the same weekend of activities.
Three weeks ago, the Steelers were in a position to take the top spot in the American Association, but they could now slip through the draft teams.
Mike Tomlin’s men will end the campaign against the Indianapolis Colts (10-4) and Cleveland Browns (10-4), who are only one game behind the Steelers at the top of the section. North American.
“It’s not a satisfactory performance for us. We made turnovers early in the game and you can’t make those kinds of mistakes and force yourself to go up the hill, Tomlin observed. The Bengals have to be given credit, but we have to be better than we have shown lately. It includes me too. ”
The Steelers came in at 17-10 in the second half before Finley moved into the end zone untouched, increasing the lead again to 14 points with 11:21 to go.
The Steelers scored another major when Benny Snell dove past the goal line moments after an obstruction penalty placed the ball at the one-line.
The Pittsburgh troops picked up the ball with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter, but four incomplete passes from Ben Roethlisberger closed the books. Bengals kicker Austin Seibert had a 33-yard field goal with 12 seconds left.
In the first half, Bernard scored a touchdown after the Steelers lost a fumble. He then caught a 14-yard pass from Finley for a major, just two plays after Mackensie Alexander intercepted a pass from Roethlisberger.
The Bengals limited Roethlisberger to just 19 aerial yards in the first half. The veteran completed 20 of his 38 passes for gains of 170 yards, throwing a touchdown pass and an interception.
Bernard made 25 carries for gains of 83 yards, as the Bengals opted for a ground play-oriented approach.