Steelers at Bengals Recap: Unlikely Hero Clinches Pittsburgh Victory

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent INovember 14, 2011

Steelers at Bengals Recap: Unlikely Hero Clinches Pittsburgh Victory

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    Coming off a last-second, Sunday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9, the Steelers had not won a game in the AFC North yet this season.

    It looked like the Steelers were going to blow out the Bengals in this divisional matchup, when mistakes allowed the Bengals to stay in the game till the end.

    With the Ravens losing to the Seahawks, the Steelers are now on top of the division again. Here are five things I came away with while watching the game against the Bengals.

Turnovers Will Come

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    The Steelers forced two turnovers in a game for the first time all season when they picked off Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton twice in the fourth quarter.

    Even though the Steelers will go into their bye week tied for dead last in the league in takeaways with the Miami Dolphins, the turnovers will start to come.

    The team will have the opportunity to get healthy on defense over the bye week and come back ready to cause havoc to opposing offenses.

William Gay

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    I am still not a huge William Gay fan; however, he had a great game against the Bengals and that cannot go unnoticed.

    Gay picked off Andy Dalton to clinch the game for the Steelers and caused the first interception by tipping the ball to Lawrence Timmons.

    Hopefully Gay can build off of this game and prove all of his doubters wrong by playing well for the rest of the season through to the Super Bowl.

Sack Differential

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    After allowing only one sack in a loss against the Ravens in Week 9, the offensive line let the Bengals get to Ben Roethlisberger five times in Week 10.

    On the other side, the Steelers' pass rush seemed to be nonexistent throughout the game and did not record a sack against the Bengals.

    The Cincinnati pass rush seemed to be all over Ben the entire game, which surprised me because of how well the offensive line has been playing lately.

Heath Miller

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    Heath Miller is the most underrated tight end in the game, and he is not only a good blocker, but a great receiving threat.

    Against the Bengals, however, Heath dropped a pass right in his chest, which was then intercepted. It then was called for a penalty, which negated a touchdown pass.

    Everyone is going to have a bad day, but it was just surprising to see because of how consistently good Heath has been in his career.

Ben Roethlisberger

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    Considering Ben Roethlisberger was wearing like two Bengals on every pass play, he had a pretty good game and should have had better stats.

    He was not perfect and he missed Mike Wallace on a deep ball that would have been a touchdown; however, receivers dropped some balls and the offensive line just didn’t feel like blocking.

    The interception Ben threw was not his fault at all and although his streak of 300-yard passing games was snapped, Ben has been on fire this season.