Joe Burrow threw 4 landing passes, 3 to backup working again Samaje Perine, and the Cincinnati Bengals rallied previous the Pittsburgh Steelers, 37-30, on Sunday.
The Bengals (6-4) gained for the fourth time in 5 video games through depending closely on Perine, who thrived with starter Joe Mixon lacking the second one part after going into the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Burrow finished 24 of 39 passes for 355 yards at the day he changed into the third-fastest participant in NFL historical past to succeed in 10,000 occupation yards passing. Perine ran for 30 yards and stuck 4 passes for 52 yards, racing into the top zone 3 times whilst the defenders answerable for overlaying him gave chase in useless.
Pittsburgh (3-7) noticed its probability of repeating the Week 1 dissatisfied it pulled off in Cincinnati in September vanish in the second one part as a 20-17 lead slipped away. Rookie Kenny Pickett handed for 265 yards and a landing and Najee Harris ran for 90 yards and two ratings, however the NFL’s second-lowest scoring offense sputtered for many of the moment part.
Burrow spent the first half selecting aside the Steelers beneath. Pittsburgh adjusted through having its defensive entrance throw its fingers as much as tip passes or disrupt Burrow’s timing. It labored sometimes, with Levi Wallace intercepting a go on a deflection and T.J. Watt making an otherworldly snare within the 1/3 quarter.
The Bengals countered through having Burrow get started taking a look deep, connecting with Tyler Boyd and apply squad call-up Tyler Irwin for lengthy beneficial properties all over an eight-play, 93-yard power within the fourth quarter that ended with Perine dragging Wallace around the function line for a 6-yard ranking that made it 34-23 with 4:35 last.
Cincinnati has gained 4 of 5 in opposition to the Steelers. The Bengals had dropped 14 in their earlier 15 in opposition to their longtime AFC North nemesis.
All however a kind of losses got here sooner than Burrow arrived. His mixture of poise, accuracy and swagger has lifted the fortunes of a franchise and shifted the steadiness of energy in a competition Pittsburgh has ruled for lengthy stretches.
Burrow did not get there with out enduring some rising pains as a rookie in 2020. Pickett unearths himself in the similar spot after being passed the keys to the offense in the course of Week 3.
Whilst the Steelers confirmed development all over a back-and-forth first part — Pittsburgh’s 20 issues matched essentially the most issues it had scored in law this season — the momentum stalled in the second one part.
4 of the Steelers’ first 5 possessions after halftime ended with a punt, giving Burrow the entire area he had to successfully finish any narrow outdoor probability Pittsburgh had in being an element within the department race down the stretch.