In a crucial AFC North divisional showdown, a young Cincinnati Bengals team showed their age, committing a series of costly first-half penalties and special teams miscues that effectively ended their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers before it even began.
Pittsburgh only out-gained Cincinnati by 63 yards, but they took advantage of all the Bengals mistakes to win 35-7.
Before giving up a 60-yard punt return TD to Antonio Brown
, Cincinnati had one field goal taken back on a delay of game penalty, another blocked and lost a fumble on a kick-off return.
Pittsburgh's quick scores forced the Bengals to be one-dimensional, putting their rookie QB Andy Dalton
in an extremely difficult position. He completed 11-24 passes for only 135 yards and 1 TD.