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Andy Dalton: ‘A lot You’re Playing for in December’

Andy Dalton: ‘A lot You’re Playing for in December’

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- The Bengals are preparing for a tough divisional game against the Steelers on Sunday.

Cincinnati sits atop the AFC North and quarterback Andy Dalton is expecting one of the toughest games of the season against Pittsburgh.

"There's a lot you're playing for in December," Dalton said.  "December usually decides a lot of things, that's when you have to be playing well."

The Steelers are averaging 26.7 points this season and giving up 24.8.

"These games are always really physical," Dalton said of the matchup.  "These are important games because it's a division game, its Pittsburgh, and it's the rivalry.  Everybody gets up for these."

The Bengals are 4-1-1 at home this year and Pittsburgh is 3-3 on the road.

"Really good defense," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.  "Their secondary is playing as good as any secondary in the NFL right now."

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Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Steelers Rally on Bell’s 200 Yard Effort

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH, Pa) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied from 11 points down at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat the Tennessee Titans 27-24 on Monday Night Football. 

Coming off an upset loss to the New York Jets last week the Steelers continued to show signs of playing down to their opponent.  With an opportunity to put the Titans in hole with less than one minute to in the first half, Ben Roethlisberger tossed an interception to defensive back Jason McCourty. Tennessee immediately capitalized when rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger found a wide open Nate Washington streaking upfield for an 80 yard touchdown strike.

The Titans would enter halftime leading 17-13 and would assume a lead of 24-13 when late in the third quarter, Mettenberger connected with tight end Chase Coffman for a short touchdown. 

The Steelers would regroup as their defense remained firm and Roethlisberger began to find a groove connecting with his receivers on short and intermediate passes. Running back LeVeon Bell also carried the load as he rushed for 204 yards on 33 carries and added a touchdown. 

The Steelers are now 7-4 as they head into their bye week.

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Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Jets Stun Steelers with 20-13 Victory

Nick Lahem/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ) -- With fans flying protest signs over the team practice facility early in the week and a white-hot Pittsburgh Steelers team coming into the Meadowlands, no one expected much from the Jets Sunday.

Gang Green surprised everyone when they defeated Pittsburgh 20-13 and took the ball away from the Steelers four times. The Jets had had only three takeaways prior to that on the season.

Michael Vick was efficient, completing 10 of 18 passes for 132 yards and two touchdown passes.  Most noteworthy was that Vick became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 6,000 yards in his career.

The Jets defense befuddled Ben Roethlisberger for almost the entire game.  Roethlisberger entered the game having thrown for six touchdowns in two consecutive games. He didn't find the end zone until there was 1:16 left in the fourth quarter, when he escaped pressure, extended the play and connected with Martavis Bryant for an 80-yard touchdown.

The big star of the game was Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, who intercepted Roethlisberger twice, recovered a fumble and recorded a sack of Big Ben.

With the win the Jets break an eight-game losing streak and avoid setting a franchise record for most consecutive losses.

 

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Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD’s Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Roethlisberger Throws 6 TD’s Again, Steelers Rout Ravens

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- For the second straight week, Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore 43-23 on Sunday night. Roethlisberger's performance helped set an NFL record for combined touchdown passes in consecutive games, with 12.

"I don't think any of us are surprised by anything he does," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We have been looking at it for some time."

Big Ben's night began in the second quarter with a five-yard scoring pass to Le'Veon Bell that tied the game at 7-7. Two minutes later, Roethlisberger connected with Martavis Bryant to take the lead before finding Markus Wheaton for a 47-yard strike to give the Steelers (6-3) a 22-17 halftime lead.

Baltimore (5-4) struggled to keep their composure, committing 10 penalties, while the offense could not catch up to the Steelers. Joe Flacco was sacked four times and intercepted once but did throw two touchdowns for 303 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh quarterback continued his historic stretch with three more touchdown's in the second half, including a second pass to Bryant. His sixth came on a fourth-and-2 play with under two minutes remaining as he connected with Matt Spaeth to set the record.

The Steelers also celebrated one of their greatest ever, retiring former defensive lineman Joe Greene's number 75 at halftime.

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Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Brady, Roethlisberger Each Lead Romps

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Both Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger had big days on Sunday, leading their teams to impressive routs. Brady and the New England Patriots easily handled the Chicago Bears 51-23 while Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers dominated in a 51-34 win over Indianapolis.

Brady tossed five touchdown passes in the romp over Chicago, continuing an impressive stretch of four straight wins. The Patriots quarterback was 30-for-35 in the win for 354 yards. New England (6-2) scored on all five possessions in the first half, leading 38-7 at halftime.

"I love coaching Tom. I've been fortunate to have him the whole career since he's been here," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "He does a great job of executing the team game plan."

Meanwhile, Big Ben outdid Brady by throwing for six touchdowns, a franchise record, in a big momentum win over the Colts. The Pittsburgh quarterback also set a franchise mark with 522 passing yards while picking up his 100th career victory.

"We just felt like they couldn't stop us because we were just clicking," said Roethlisberger. "It was one of those nights that players talk about when things feel like they're going right."

The Steelers improved to 5-3 on the year and won consecutive games for the first time all season.

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Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Second Quarter Outburst Lifts Steelers Past Houston

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers scored 24 points in the second quarter, including three touchdowns in less than 90 seconds, to pick up a 30-23 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night. It was the 16th straight victory for the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Trailing 13-0 halfway through the second quarter, the Steelers (4-3) got on the board with a Shaun Suisham field goal at the 3:08 mark. Less than two minutes later, Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown pass that brought Pittsburgh within three at 13-10.

What happened next changed the course of the game. Two plays after the touchdown, Houston's Arian Foster fumbled deep in his own territory to give the Steelers perfect field possession. Wide receiver Antonio Brown then delivered a three-yard pass to Lance Moore on a reverse, putting Pittsburgh ahead 17-13. Things only escalated for the Texans (3-4) when Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was tipped an intercepted on the very next play.

That set-up another scoring drive for Pittsburgh, capped off by a Roethlisberger two-yard strike to Le'Veon Ball, making it a 24-13 ball game at halftime.

"You stand on the sidelines long enough, you will see explosions such as that," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "It was good to be on the good side of it."

The Steelers only mustered a pair of second-half field goals and had to hold off a late rally by the Texans. Houston pulled within a touchdown when Fitzpatrick and Foster connected for a touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining in regulation. However, the ensuing onside kick was recovered by Pittsburgh, who ran out the clock.

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Steelers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive by Fending Off Packers

Steelers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive by Fending Off PackersPittsburgh Steelers/NFL(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are still alive in the AFC playoff chase. Le'Veon Bell's one-yard touchdown run with 1:25 left in the game put the Steelers on top for the good, as Pittsburgh fended off a late charge ...

Steelers Stuff Bengals 30-20

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Tucker Kicks Ravens Past Steelers

Tucker Kicks Ravens Past SteelersAl Messerschmidt/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Justin Tucker kicked a career-high five field goals, and Baltimore stopped Pittsburgh's game-tying two point conversion with 1:03 left in the game, as the Ravens stuff the Steelers 22-20 Thursday night. The R...

Ben Roethlisberger Focused on Browns

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Steelers Edge Ravens 19-16 On Last Second Field Goal

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Steelers Pick Up First Win of the Season by Defeating the Jets, 19-6

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Bengals Bounce Steelers 20-10

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Cruz Hauls In Touchdown As New York Tops Pittsburgh, 18-13

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Ben Roethlisberger Undergoes Knee Surgery

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Cowboys Edge Steelers in Overtime, 27-24

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NFL Preview: Steelers At Cowboys

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Rivers, Chargers Upset Steelers

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Ben Roethlisberger Will Start on Sunday

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Browns Stun Steelers

Browns Stun SteelersMatt Sullivan/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers turned the ball over eight times, and Trent Richardson scored a third quarter touchdown that would give the Cleveland Browns a 20-14 victory on Sunday. The Steelers (6-5) started third st...
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