Inside the numbers of Pittsburgh’s 27-21 win in Cincinnati


* The Steelers were hit with 7 penalties for 73 yards in the contest, compared to just 3 penalties for 30 yards for the Bengals. The Bengals were awarded four first downs on penalties, to none for the Steelers.

* Terrell Owens again showed why he’s Carson Palmer’s #1 wide out. While Chad Ochocinco is crying and pouting on the sidelines, Owens at least seems to be doing what he can to help the Bengals get on track. Against the Steelers Owens had 10 catches for 141 yards with two scores, while Ochocinco had one catch for 15 yards.

* Mike Wallace was the favorite target of the two Steelers throwers (Ben Roethlisberger and Antwaan Randel El), as he had 5 grabs for 110 yards with a TD, a 39-yard score on a little trickery from the Steelers.

* The Steelers pressured Carson Palmer for most of the night, getting to him for four sacks for minus 30 yards, while Roethlisberger was sacked just once for minus 9 yards.

* Seems that the Steelers, despite injuries on the O-line, were committed to rushing the football and it paid off. Rashard Mendenhall had 99 yards rushing, and the team had 121 yards on 32 carries for a 3.8 yards per carry average. The run D held the Bengals to 54 yards rushing on 18 carries, a 3.0 yards per carry average.

* James Farrior played an excellent game on defense for the Steelers, leading the team with 9 solo tackles with a sack for negative six yards.

* While Jeff Reed failed to hit a 46-yard field goal that would have iced the game with just less than four minutes left, he did hit two field goals, one from 53 yards. On the season, he is 14-for-20, and is now 0-for-4 in kicks 40-to-49 yards. He is 2-for-4 in kicks of 50 yards plus.


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