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Pittsburgh Steelers Make Statement Against Cincinnati Bengals

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After a season of up and downs for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they dominated on Sunday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals came into the game as the division leaders on top of the AFC North and a chance to move into the no. 2 seed in the playoff picture. Sunday’s loss gave the AFC North picture a completely different look.

The Baltimore Ravens will have a matchup on Monday night with the Detroit Lions in a very important game. The Ravens still have a chance of being crowned the AFC North champions with a win on Monday night. The Bengals are now 9-5, and the AFC North is up for grabs.

For the Steelers, the prime time win against their division foes showed they are not backing down to say the least. Although the Steelers’ playoff hopes look bleak, their intensity was felt nonetheless. The Steelers have been overlooked and underrated all season long, and the black and gold showed why that should not have been. With a 30-20 win, the Steelers will go into Green Bay next week with some momentum.

The Steelers out-hustled, outworked and outplayed the Bengals in all four quarters, causing turnovers, special team touchdowns and long offensive drives. Steelers rookie running back Le’Veon Bell became the third Steelers running back to record 1,000 total yards in their rookie season (the others being Bam Morris and Franco Harris). Wide receiver Antonio Brown has recorded five-plus receptions in every game this season.

The remaining schedule for the Steelers shows the Packers and the Cleveland Browns. The Steel City hopes to finish strong as they close out their season. At best, the Pittsburgh Steelers will finish 8-8 — the record they finished with one year ago.

Brandon Sweeney covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for Follow him on Twitter @NFLNSTUFF, Like him on Facebook and like add him to Google+

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