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NFL Week 11 Game Recap: Cincinnati Bengals 37, Pittsburgh Steelers 30

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) runs after a catch against Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Levi Wallace (29) during the third quarter at Acrisure Stadium. The Bengals won 37-30. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bengals picked up their first divisional victory of the year on Sunday, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 37-30. 

With the win, the Bengals move to 6-4 and trail only the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. The Steelers fall to 3-7 and are dead last in the division.

Offensive spotlight: Tee Higgins has had to step up as the Bengals’ No. 1 receiver with Ja’Marr Chase out with a hip injury. Higgins certainly stepped up against the Steelers, with nine catches on 13 targets for 148 yards. Higgins averaged 4.35 yards per route run, his new season-high.

Defensive spotlight:  Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt was flying around the ball. The fourth-year linebacker out of NC State finished with a 90.1 grade on first review. Over the last three weeks, his 92.1 grade is second among all linebackers. Against the Steelers, Pratt finished with five run-defense stops and a couple of tackles for loss or no gain.

Rookie spotlight: Higgins wasn’t the only receiver who shined on Saturday. Steelers second-rounder George Pickens made a couple of spectacular catches en route to an 83-yard, one-touchdown performance. 

Offensive line spotlight: Neither offensive line performed very well on Sunday. Both the Bengals and Steelers finished with sub-60.0 pass-blocking grades on first review. 

One bright spot was Pittsburgh’s right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor. The fifth-year tackle didn’t allow a single pressure across 32 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Joe Burrow 31.7 24 / 39 355 9.1 4 2 2 104.1
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Kenny Pickett 16.0 25 / 42 265 6.3 1 0 2 85.9
Rushing
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Joe Burrow 31.7 4 5 1.2 0 5 0
Samaje Perine 30.2 11 30 2.7 0 8 0
Joe Mixon 9.2 7 20 2.9 0 7 0
Trayveon Williams 0.7 2 7 3.5 0 8 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Najee Harris 27.6 20 90 4.5 2 19 0
Kenny Pickett 16.0 2 14 7.0 0 14 0
Diontae Johnson 6.2 1 1 1.0 0 1 0
Steven Sims -0.3 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 0
Receiving
Cincinnati Bengals
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Samaje Perine 30.2 4 4 52 13.0 3 29
Tee Higgins 26.8 13 9 148 11.4 0 33
Trenton Irwin 13.2 4 3 42 10.5 1 32
Joe Mixon 9.2 3 3 42 14.0 0 24
Tyler Boyd 6.2 7 2 42 6.0 0 27
Hayden Hurst 4.8 3 2 28 9.3 0 21
Trent Taylor 1.1 1 1 1 1.0 0 1
Trayveon Williams 0.7 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Michael Thomas 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Mike Thomas 0.0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Najee Harris 27.6 6 4 26 4.3 0 12
George Pickens 18.3 6 4 83 13.8 1 33
Pat Freiermuth 15.9 12 8 79 6.6 0 27
Diontae Johnson 6.2 5 4 21 4.2 0 8
Gunner Olszewski 5.9 3 2 39 13.0 0 31
Zach Gentry 2.8 3 2 8 2.7 0 9
Jaylen Warren 1.9 1 1 9 9.0 0 9
Steven Sims -0.3 2 0 0 0.0 0 0

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