Steelers’ Defense Shines In 23-7 Win Over Cincy

By: Casey Shea

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – On a rainy and cold day in Pittsburgh, the offense wasn’t the story.

Pittsburgh’s defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns, as the Steelers improved to 10-3 with a 23-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Shaun Suisham connected on all three field goal attempts to remain perfect as a Steeler.

Pittsburgh won the toss and elected to defer, giving Cincinnati the ball to start  the game. An offside penalty on LaMarr Woodley kept the Bengals drive alive and they took full advantage.

A pass interference call on Ike Taylor in the endzone set up the Bengals with a first down at the one-yard line.

On the next play, Carson Palmer found Andrew Whitworth wide open to put the Bengals up 7-0. It would be the last time the Bengals would get on the board.

Cincinnati was in full control of the game, until one play turned the tide.

With the Bengals threatening to extend their lead, Troy Polamalu picked off a pass by Carson Palmer intended for Terrell Owens.  Polamalu ran it back 45 yards and extended the ball over the endzone pylon in a great individual effort. Suisham added the extra point to tie the game at 7-7 with just under five minutes to play in the half.

Polamalu also picked off Palmer late in the fourth quarter as the Bengals had a chance to cut into the big lead.

With time running out  in the second half, Ben Roethlisberger was able to lead the  Steelers down inside Cincinnati’s 10-yard line. However, Pittsburgh was unable to get into the endzone and had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Suisham to take a 10-7 lead at halftime.

The field goal capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive.

In the third quarter, Roethlisberger led the Steelers inside the 10-yard line only to see the drive stall out. On first and goal from the eight-yard line, Rashard Mendenhall gained a couple yards, but a holding call forced the Steelers back.

Suisham came on and drilled a 35-yard field goal to extend the lead to 13-7.

In the fourth quarter, the Steelers had a chance to put the game away. Again, the Bengals defense dug in and forced the Steelers out of field goal range.

Cincinnati eventually took over on their own 10-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Woodley picked off a pass intended for Chad Ochocinco and walked into the endzone to put the Steelers up 20-7 with 12:21 to play.

Suisham added to the lead with a 41-yard field goal with 5:34 left in the fourth quarter.

The Bengals were able to prevent Pittsburgh’s offense from getting into the endzone, but the two interceptions returned for touchdowns swung the game in the Steelers’ favor.

Roethlisberger completed 21 of his 33 pass attempts for 258 yards with no interceptions. He started the game with a protective shield on his helmet, but removed it for the second half.

The Steelers will welcome the New York Jets to Heinz Field next Sunday at 4:15 p.m.



  • bluelerry

    did you people actually watch the game, i do believe carson only threw one touchdown not three.

    • shari

      yeah for real, cause if they threw 3 touchdowns they would have had 21 points lol

  • expittsburgh

    We couldn’t score an offensive TD against the Bengals!?!?!? That’s sad. We’ll only go as far as the game where the Pats will own us again.

  • expittsburgh

    @bluelerry. Carson threw two of the Steelers’ defensive TDs.

  • Level Green

    Defense 14…. Offense 9 against the Bungles

    Let’s fix that Red Zone problem boys……

  • Mon River Towing

    think the Steelers will be sorry they didnt longterm sign Lamar Woodley before this season? He has been their most productive player on both sides of ball.

  • Perspective

    Ben and the Steelers should stop complaining about cheap hits to Ben’s face. Imagine what would be hitting Ben in the face if he were in prison right now

  • Oddo

    When Troy Polamalu talks you have to listen. When Troy Polamalu drops back into the secondary, you have to watch him. When Troy Polamalu intercepts the ball the entire city erupts with screaming cheers of joy nd angels get their wings. Ok well maybe that last part wasn’t true but it sure feels like when troy walks on the field we feel strangely excited and The man exemplifies what it means to be an all-around human being. He displays a zen like confidence that we all strive to have. You can talk all day about how much focus and passion troy play. But if we could start referring what he displays into our own life Troy said in a press-conferening after the 23-7 win over the Bengals referring to his attempt to pitch the ball after his 2nd interception..and I do NOT quote “I am ashamed of my self, that was a very arrogant and selfish act, I feel terrible (towel) about it. I don’t even want to talk about the good plays I had, I would rather talk about the negative.” ……??? ….Wow…. this guy can change the entire outlook on a game, on life.

  • steelerkristy

    Carson did throw 3 touchdowns – just 2 of them went to the Black and Gold !!
    Thanks, Carson !



  • tony

    Suisham proved he can kick at Heinz Field. Gald he is a Steeler. Roll along!

  • Grasshopper

    @ Oddo. First learn to write competent sentences before tackling the Tao of Troy. You aren’t ready.

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