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Bengals Slip in Second Quarter: 10-20 Steelers Lead


Dec 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) defends during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals started out blow for blow with the Steelers but that ended in the second half with a costly Dalton overthrow picked off. The Bengals defense was another story as they could not get any pressure on Ben Roethlisberger. It will be key in the second half.

Andy Dalton has two interceptions, the first of which AJ Green gave up on the route, and the second Andy Dalton over threw AJ Green over the middle. Both interceptions were made by Steelers corner, Brian McCain, who was in the right place at the right time for the second interception. Andy Dalton is 10 for 15 and 81 yards. Jeremy Hill already has 71 yards and Giovani Bernard has the only Bengals touchdown.

The defense has done a 180 from last week and has not really touched Big Ben. They have had some big stops and broken up key passes in the end zone but that is the extent of their success. Le’Veon Bell has been big in the screen game with five receptions for 60 yards. They have contained the run game though.

It is time for the second half, can the Bengals bounce back and find a way to leave Heinz Field with a win? They will need to eliminate the mistakes and start quick.