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Bengals Take Clear Control of the North with an 18-12 Win in Pittsburgh

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The Bengals had something to prove to Pittsburgh on Sunday in the Steel City. Consider it done.

For the second time this year against their big, bad rivals, the Bengals outplayed the Steelers, this time shutting down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense in an impressive 18-12 win.

The win means that the Bengals, now 7-3, basically have a two game lead over the Steelers in the AFC North. They are 5-0 in the division – sweeping both the Steelers and Ravens. It’s the first time the team has swept the Steelers since 1998 – when Neil O’Donnell was a starting QB in Cincy.

Even the Steelers seem sealed to their fate on who the better team is. “They’re clearly the best team in the division,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “I’d give my left arm to play them again.”

The only touchdown of the game was a kick return of 96 yards for Benard Scott. That put the Bengals up 6-3 after a botched extra point. Their defense did the job all day, holding Pittsbugh to just 226 yards of offense. Ben Roethlisberger was just 20-for-40 for 174 yards with a pick, and was under pressure all day.

“This is a breath of fresh air to be at this point of the season and to be playing for a reason,” Chad Ochocinco said. “It feels really good.”

And now the Bengals will own the division if they just keep winning. It’s a good feeling to say “who-dey” again.

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