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Stunned in Denver, Steelers look to rebound against Bengals

Oct 28, 2007 - 10:56 AM Pittsburgh (4-2) at Cincinnati (2-4) Sunday 1:00 pm EDT

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers may have missed an opportunity to take control of the AFC North with last week's 31-28 loss in Denver.

Now, the Steelers begin a stretch of three straight division games on Sunday, when they visit the Cincinnati Bengals.

Pittsburgh holds just a one-half lead over the Baltimore Ravens (4-3) and a one-game edge over the improving Cleveland Browns (3-3).

The Steelers may look to get back to what has worked for them in the past - a ball-control offense, something they abandoned against Denver.

Through five games, Pittsburgh had run more than 55 percent of the time and entered last week with the league's No. 2 rushing offense. But it came out throwing against the league's worst rushing defense.

Ben Roethlisberger attempted 24 passes in the first half - including 10 of the first 13 plays. The strategy did not work as the Broncos jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead before pulling out the victory on Jason Elam's 49-yard field goal as time expired.

Pittsburgh's defense, which ranked first in total yards and fewest points per game, also was exposed. Denver's Jay Cutler completed 22-of-29 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns after throwing only four TDs passes in his first five contests.

"We have to learn from this game but we have to put it behind us and come back ready to rock and roll against a divisional rival," defensive end Brett Keisel told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "We'll see what type of team we have."

The Bengals snapped a four-game losing streak last week, rallying for a 38-31 victory over the New York Jets.

Backup running back Kenny Watson rushed for a career-high 130 yards and three touchdowns as the Bengals rallied from a 23-10 deficit.

But the Bengals may look to pull a page out of the Broncos' book by passing more. The Steelers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 31 games and rank third against the run (75.3 ypg).

The Steelers have won five straight in Cincinnati, including a 23-17 overtime victory in last season's regular-season finale that knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs. It was Bill Cowher's final game as Steelers' coach.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 7 14 0 3 24
    CINCINNATI 3 3 0 7 13 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CIN - FG, SHAYNE GRAHAM 31 YD, 9:49. Drive:
    13 plays, 69 yards in 6:43. Key
    plays: Palmer 17-yard pass Dorsey
    to Pittsburgh 48; Palmer 11-yard
    pass to C Johnson to Pittsburgh 29;
    Palmer 14-y

    Oct 28 3:51 PM
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    FG PIT
    JEFF REED 40 YD
    PITTSBURGH 24
    CINCINNATI 13 6:09 LEFT, 4TH QTR

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    TD CIN
    9 YD PASS FROM T.J. HOUSHMANDZADEH
    (SHAYNE GRAHAM KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 21
    CINCINNATI 13 13:02 LEFT, 4TH QTR

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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 7 14 0 21
    CINCINNATI 3 3 0 6 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CIN - FG, SHAYNE GRAHAM 31 YD, 9:49. Drive:
    13 plays, 69 yards in 6:43. Key
    plays: Palmer 17-yard pass Dorsey
    to Pittsburgh 48; Palmer 11-yard
    pass to C Johnson to Pittsburgh 29;
    Palm

    Oct 28 3:06 PM


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    PITTSBURGH 21
    CINCINNATI 6 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    CIN BALL ON CIN 40 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

    Oct 28 2:22 PM



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    TD PIT
    WILLIE PARKER 1 YD RUN
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 21
    CINCINNATI 6 0:04 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Steelers vs. BengalsOct 28 2:20 PM



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    FG CIN
    SHAYNE GRAHAM 20 YD
    PITTSBURGH 14
    CINCINNATI 6 2:16 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    TD PIT
    HINES WARD 6 YD PASS FROM BEN ROETHLISBERGER
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 14
    CINCINNATI 3 7:42 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    PITTSBURGH 7 7
    CINCINNATI 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CIN - FG, SHAYNE GRAHAM 31 YD, 9:49. Drive:
    13 plays, 69 yards in 6:43. Key
    plays: Palmer 17-yard pass Dorsey
    to Pittsburgh 48; Palmer 11-yard
    pass to C Johnson to Pittsburgh 29;
    Palm

    Oct 28 1:38 PM



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    TD PIT
    HINES WARD 21 YD PASS FROM BEN ROETHLISBERGER
    (JEFF REED KICK)
    PITTSBURGH 7
    CINCINNATI 3 2:42 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Steelers vs. BengalsOct 28 1:31 PM



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    Steelers vs. BengalsOct 28 1:18 PM


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    FG CIN
    SHAYNE GRAHAM 31 YD
    PITTSBURGH 0
    CINCINNATI 3 5:11 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Steelers vs. BengalsOct 28 1:18 PM
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