Just days after Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada was relieved of his duties, the offense finally came alive as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-10. The win rounds out the team’s tour of Ohio, as they finished their stint in the state 1-1. They’ll have a chance to complete a season sweep of the Bengals on December 23rd when they welcome them to Acrisure Stadium.
The offense exploded for 421 yards – the team’s first 400 yard game in their last 58 outings. Quarterback Kenny Pickett had his most productive game of the year, racking up 278 passing yards on 24 of 33 passing. It snapped his four game streak of sub-200 yard passing games. The running game also continued to carry the team, with running back Najee Harris rushing for 99 yards and a touchdown.
The defense made life difficult on Bengals quarterback Jake Browning, who’s filling in for Joe Burrow while he’s out with an injury. They sacked him four times, including two by T.J. Watt, and forced an interception. They held the Bengals to just 222 yards on the day.
With this hard-fought win, the Steelers now boast a resilient 7-4 record, good enough for second in the AFC North and a playoff spot were the season to end today. The new era of the Steelers offense will make its home debut as the team faces off against the 2-10 Arizona Cardinals.