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Standartinė elaine95 » 2019 Bal 13, 10:13

The Steelers needed a win in order to stay in playoff contention after losing four of their last five. A Bengals win against the Steelers or a Ravens win against the Browns would have meant the end of the road for the Steelers. Each team entered the game missing their top wide receivers. Antonio Brown was missing for the Steelers Vincent Rey Jersey , and it totally changed the look of their offense.The first quarter was uneventful as neither team could do much on offense. But early in the second quarter, the Bengals struck first thanks to Shawn Williams’ fifth interception of the year. Thanks to some good blocking, Williams returned the pick 58 yards for the score with 12:37 remaining in the second quarter. Bullock converted the extra point and the Bengals were suddenly up 7-0.On the next possession for the Bengals, Driskel threw the ball well and kept the chains moving. Driskel was five for six with 50 yards, and a perfect three for three with 35 yard to Alex Erickson. The drive ended in a 49-yard field goal with 2:12 left in the half to extend their lead to 10-0.Alex Redmond was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty on the field goal, so the Steelers ended up starting on their own 45-yard line after the kick return. The Bengals did force the Steelers into a fourth-and-one, but gave up a 16-yard reception to Xavier Grimble for the first down. Thanks to a penalty, the damage was limited to a field goal from Matt McCrane. His 39-yarder was enough to get the Steelers 3 points as the clock expired, with the Bengals leading 10-3 at halftime.Despite outscoring the offense in the half, the Bengals defense had already reached franchise and league records that no one ever wanted to break. The Bengals set the new record for yards given up in a single season, beating the 1995 squad. With the last-second field goal, the Bengals also broke the NFL record set by the Colts in 2001 for the most points given up in a single quarter after giving up their 203rd second-quarter point this season.The second quarter was just more of the same, with each team punting in the first three drives. The Steelers finally showed some offense with five minutes left in the quarter with a 47-yard pass to James Washington. James Connor followed that up with a 16-yard run, then JuJu Smith-Schuster followed that up with an 11-yard touchdown pass. With the extra point, the Steelers had just tied the game at 10 apiece with 3:50 left in the third quarter.The Steelers would extend their run to 13 unanswered points on the next drive. With the help of a fourth conversion, the Steelers made their way down to the Bengals’ 29-yard line where McCrane would make the 47-yard attempt to give the Steelers their first lead of the game with 8:35 left in the game, up 13-10.On the first play from scrimmage after the field goal, Joe Mixon nearly doubled his total yardage on the day with a 51-yard run. That was the only productive play of the drive, and a Cameron Heyward sack ensured that the drive would end in a field goal. Bullock converted the easy 32-yarder to tie the score at 13 all with 6:17 left in the game.Ben Roethlisberger was now unleashing his uncanny ability to play his best under the most pressure. He was completing passes all over the field and exploiting the Bengals’ franchise-worst defense to keep the chains moving. The Bengals stopped the Steelers on their own 24-yard line right at the two-minute warning. After the break, McCrane knocked a 35-yard kick through, so the Steelers took the lead again with 1:56 until game over.The Bengals would then go four-and-out to end the game and ultimately fell 16-13. Now, the season is over, and the focus turns to who will be head coach of the Bengals in 2019. CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Mixon had one of the best games of his career in yet another Bengals loss — making it seven of their past eight, and counting. He sees no reason to slow down even as another season slips away in Cincinnati.“Right now, we are down but we ain’t out, so that’s how I’m approaching it,” the second-year running back said. “I’m going to approach it like we’re in.”Technically, the last-place Bengals (5-8) aren’t eliminated from playoff contention despite their third-longest losing streak in coach Marvin Lewis’ 16 seasons. They could still get the AFC North title if they win out and the Steelers, Ravens and Browns all fall apart the rest of the way.A loss Sunday to the Raiders (3-10) would eliminate the pretense and leave Cincinnati with a third straight losing season and a lot of big questions to address in the offseason: Does Lewis stay? Who’s the next defensive coordinator? Will anything really change so long as Mike Brown runs the franchise?By contrast Boomer Esiason Jersey , the Raiders are already in next-year mode. Following a 24-21 win over the Steelers , they fired general manager Reggie McKenzie and launched into a front-office reshuffle in preparation for coach Jon Gruden’s second season back with the Raiders.They don’t have a general manager and they’re not sure where they’ll be playing next season before moving to Las Vegas in 2020, but all that’s for later. First, they have to finish a season in flux.“When you get here, it’s just rainbows and butterflies because you made it to the NFL,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “All of a sudden, you get new friends every year. I think I’ve counted I’ve had like 27 different people in the locker next to me in five years. It just shows you how tough this business is.”Some things to watch Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium:STRIKE THE BALANCECarr has found a comfort zone in Gruden’s offense. He began the season overly aggressive, throwing eight interceptions in the first five games. Then he got overly cautious, failing to complete a pass of more than 10 yards twice in a span of three games.He’s finally gotten a balance.Carr has gone a franchise-record eight straight games without an interception and has regained his deep touch. He completed nine passes that traveled at least 15 yards downfield the past two games against Kansas City and Pittsburgh, equaling his total from his previous six games combined. Now he’s facing the NFL’s worst defense.“I feel more confident in our system,” Carr said. “I feel like my reads are quicker. I feel like I can get through things and eliminate things faster. That feels better.”RAIDERS BANGED-UP O-LINEThe Raiders come into the game with major questions on the offensive line. Starting left tackle Kelechi Osemele missed last week’s game with a toe injury. Starting right tackle Gabe Jackson is dealing with an elbow injury.Backup Jon Feliciano was placed on injured reserve with a calf injury, leaving Chaz Green and Denver Kirkland as potential options against Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and the rest of the Bengals.“I know that both of them are as tough as they come and if there’s a will, there’s a way,” Gruden said. “They have the will, I know that. We’ll just hope for the best.”GUENTHER’S RETURNPaul Guenther left Cincinnati after 13 years on Lewis’ staff, including the last four as defensive coordinator, to join Gruden’s staff. He knows the Bengals’ offense, which is struggling mightily with quarterback Andy Dalton and receiver A.J. Green out for the season because of injuries.Guenther also is very familiar with Jeff Driskel, who makes his third NFL start in Dalton’s place. The Bengals expect Guenther to try to disguise blitzes and coverages to throw off Driskel.“I know whenever you’re going against a quarterback who hasn’t played much, as a defense you’re always looking forward to it,” Bengals linebacker Vincent Rey said.TURNING MIXON LOOSEMixon had a career-high 26 carries for 111 yards during a 26-21 loss to the Chargers in Los Angeles. He also caught a team-high five passes, becoming the focal point of Cincinnati’s depleted offense. The Bengals plan to lean on him heavily in the final three games. The Raiders know he’s the one to stop.“Man, he’s good,” Gruden said. “He’s a great slash. He can stop and start. He has power. He’s a good receiver. He’s a good blitz pickup guy. He’s putting it together in Cincinnati.”WILL ANYBODY WATCH?A small crowd is expected for the Bengals’ final home game. They’ve gone 3-4 at Paul Brown Stadium before some of the smallest crowds in its history. Their average of 51,673 is the second-smallest attendance since the 65,535-seat stadium opened in 2000.
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