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Steelers-Bengals report card: F's across the board


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Quarterback - Ben Roethlisberger had a brutal performance against the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. Roethlisberger finished the game completing 24 of 41 passes (58.5%) for 263 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six by former Steeler Mike Hilton, and had a quarterback rating of 65.4. Roethlisberger also fumbled after getting sacked, which resulted in a turnover. Roethlisberger came into today's game with a 9-0 touchdown-interception ratio in his last five games, and it appeared he was turning things around. He took a big step back in Cincinnati.


Grade: F


Running Backs - Najee Harris rushed for just 23 yards on eight carries. As a team, the Steelers rushed for 51 yards on 15 carries. It's the second straight game that the Steelers have rushed for 55 yards or fewer. They were down for most of the two games, but even prior to trailing, the Steelers have struggled to run the ball efficiently. The Steelers don't have a capable No. 2 running back, and that's really hurting the offense and Harris. The biggest issue is the offensive line, however.


Grade: F


Wide Receivers - Chase Claypool has really regressed from his rookie year. It’s been a disappointing season. Claypool has just one touchdown reception through 11 games. He finished the season last year with nine touchdown receptions, along with two rushing touchdowns. Against the Bengals, Claypool had at least two drops and had a dumb facemask penalty where he ripped Darius Phillips' helmet off. Claypool finished the game with three receptions for 82 yards, two of the three receptions came on deep balls. He's just too inconsistent, though. Diontae Johnson had nine receptions for 95 yards, but some of those catches came in garbage time. Pat Freiermuth also had nice 15-yard touchdown grab, but the game was all but over at that point.