September 12, 2022, 5:19 pm
Steelers 23, Bengals 20 (Steelers covered +6.5, U 44)
While Mitch Trubisky earned his first win in his first opportunity with the Steelers, the defense was the true winner of this affair as the Steelers absolutely manhandled the new-look offensive line that the Bengals put together this offseason. The Bengals had their opportunity to finish off a nice second-half comeback, but the Steelers were able to block the PAT to send the game into overtime tied at 20. Unfortunately, T.J. Watt suffered a pectoral injury late in the fourth quarter, putting a damper on what was a really impressive win over the 2021 Superbowl runner-ups.
Trubisky finished his day with 194 yards on 21-for-38 passing with one touchdown to zero interceptions. That kind of production puts him at QB23 on the week, a mark he’ll likely hang around for the majority of the season.
Diontae Johnson led the Steelers with 12 targets and finished with 55 yards on his seven catches. Chase Claypool didn’t do much as a receiving threat, finishing with 18 yards on four catches but he supplemented that with 36 yards on six carries. The lone offensive touchdown wasn’t caught by a receiver but instead RB Najee Harris.
Pat Freiermuth doesn’t have the buzz of fellow second-year TE Kyle Pitts, but he outperformed the phenom talent on Sunday, finishing with a team-high 75 yards on 5-of-10 targets. As the TE6 on the week before MNF, Freiermuth delivered for those who invested in him.
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