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NFL Week 12 PFF ReFocused: Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Cincinnati Bengals 10

The Pittsburgh Steelers ended Week 12 with a 16-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Final Score

Pittsburgh Steelers 16, Cincinnati Bengals 10

Pittsburgh Steelers

Outside of the long touchdown catch and run by James Washington, the Steelers had to rely on the ground game to move the ball effectively. In the second half, that meant Benny Snell was at the forefront, and he did an excellent job of getting downhill quickly, helping Pittsburgh extend enough drives to maintain their lead.

Mason Rudolph had another rough outing, as he did very little to advance the ball downfield. He struggled to get through his progressions quickly and was inaccurate to all parts of the field.

Mike Hilton had an excellent game today. He was tested several times in coverage, and he held his own. He notched three pass breakups and had several other instances of tight coverage.

Cameron Heyward was a force while rushing the passer. Just like counterpart Geno Atkins, it was the bullrush move that saw Heyward in the backfield all afternoon.

Cincinnati Bengals

Ryan Finley's limitations as a passer were seen throughout the game, but never more than during a three-play, 12-second drive late in the fourth quarter. On this drive, he threw three incompletions — all of them underthrows due to not being able to step up into a muddied pocket, and all of them were broken up by the Steelers' defensive backs.

Usually, it's the offensive tackles who struggle the most for the Bengals, and while they had their usual issues, it was the interior that had problems today. They just could not handle the power of the Steelers' interior rushers as they surrendered several pressures due to bullrushes inside, and that made it difficult for Ryan Finley to step up into the pocket.

While he didn't come up with any major impact plays that will show in the box score, Geno Atkins was his usual self while rushing the passer. His bullrush was his most effective move, as he used it effectively to notch a number of pressures.

Cornerback B.W. Webb was targeted throughout the game, and for good reason given his struggles. He was the primary defender on James Washington's 79-yard touchdown, and he took a number of pass interference penalties on the day.

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