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Defense Falters Again in 24-13 Loss to Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, left, talks with receiver Chad Johnson (85) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh won 24-13.

The Bengals defense once again fell victim to a solid running game and a good game by an opposing QB, as the Steelers for the 7th straight time beat the Bengals in Cincinnati, this time 24-13 in front of the largest crowd ever at Paul Brown Stadium.  The Steelers take control of the division, improving to 5-2 while the Bengals fall to three games back now at 2-5.  The Steelers offense scored touchdowns on three straight possessions in the first half, and built a 21-6 halftime lead to take the air out of Paul Brown Stadium.  After Cincy pulled to 21-13 in the second half, the Steelers scored on a 40-yard Jeff Reed field goal to put them up by 11 to seal the win.

Pittsburgh on offense was well balanced, using the running of Willie Parker, who went for 126 yards on 22 carries.  He paced the Steelers running game that went for 160 yards on 33 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.  Ben Roethlisberger made one mistake, throwing a pick in the red zone, but otherwise made plays all day, going 19-for-26 for 230 yards and two scores.  Hines Ward caught two touchdowns and ended with 8 catches for 88 yards.  Santonio Holmes caught 6 balls for 87 yards.

Cincinnati put up 296 yards on offense, with Carson Palmer going 23-of-31 for 205 yards and one touchdown.  The defense, as it has been the whole season, was the issue, allowing the Steelers 390 yards on offense on 60 plays, 6.5 yards per play.  They allowed the Steelers to convert 8-of-11 on third downs as well, stopping them from getting off the field.

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