Steelers’ TJ Watt throws Joe Burrow to the ground in the first half of the game against the Bengals
There’s always been a lot of bad blood between the Bengals and the Steelers, and it culminated near the end of the first half of Sunday’s showdown between the two teams.
With the Bengals leading 24-3, Bengals midfielder Joe Burrow delivered a safe intercept for Steelers Minkah Fitzpatrick, sending the ball back to their 21-yard line with 50 seconds remaining. In the return game, Steelers roader TJ Watt attempted to prevent Burrow from reaching the field of play and wrestling him to the ground.
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Note, the Burrow is nowhere near the play. He threw the ball around the Steelers’ 41-yard line, and Fitzpatrick caught it in the third round. Fitzpatrick returned the ball 18 yards from the right before being saved by Tyler Boyd.
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For those unhappy with Watt’s play, the Bengals were able to get a table back in no time. In the next inning, Steelers full-back Ben Roethlisberger tried to find wide-ball receiver James Washington from the left, but Bengals full-back – and former Steeler player – Mike Hilton stepped up at 24 and sent the ball forward. home to touch the ball.
The next leg, Roethlisberger played imperfectly and was fired at the end of the first half, sending his team into the dressing room after Cincinnati 31-3.
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Pittsburgh has historically dominated the Bengals-Steelers showdown, leading the all-time 67-37 streak. However, this is the year of Cincinnati. The Bengal team beat the Steelers 24-10 in Week 3 and are flying at halftime on Sunday, outstripping Pittsburgh 261-104 in total yards, including 125 to 21 at peak yards.