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Mason Rudolph Efficient, Steelers Defense Dominant as Pittsburgh Earns First Win

Monday Night Football was a defensive battle for the first 30 minutes, but Pittsburgh scored 17 second half points to easily stampede past Cincinnati.

The Steelers only led 10-3 at halftime, but their offense picked it up in the second half.

Pittsburgh’s second year quarterback, Mason Rudolph, took the keys to the car when Ben Roethlisberger was hurt in Week Two, but he didn’t shine until this week.

Rudolph finished 24/28 (85.7 completion percentage) with 229 yards and two touchdowns.

On the other side, the Steelers defense owned Andy Dalton. The “Steel Curtain” sacked Dalton a career-high eight times.

Pittsburgh also forced two turnovers and held Cincinnati to 175 total yards. For context, both teams had 10 drives, but Pittsburgh had 326 total yards.

Steelers 27 – Bengals 3

Here are the highlights from Monday Night Football:

2nd Quarter

Mason Rudolph to James Conner 21-yd TD, 7-3 Steelers

3rd Quarter

Jaylen Samuels 2-yd Run, 17-3 Steelers

Rudolph to Diontae Johnson 43-yd TD, 24-3 Steelers

4th Quarter

Steelers 8th Sack of Andy Dalton

Final Call: Steelers win 27-3

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