Running back Giovani Bernard helped the Cincinnati Bengals with 2 TD’s that sent the Pittsburgh Steelers home 0-2.
The 21 year-old player slipped through the line, caught Andy Dalton’s short pass, then turned and saw something that truly shocked him and YouWager bettors: one of the NFL’s top defenses had given him a big opening.
Bernard turned the catch into a 27-yard touchdown last night, one of his two scores that made the difference in the Bengals’ 20-10 win over the struggling Steelers.
The Florida native wasn’t the only rookie putting his imprint on an old rivalry. First-round pick Tyler Eifert made a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard’s 7-yard run for his first league touchdown. Together, they gave a preview of what Cincinnati (1-1) could become with two new pass-catchers in the offense.
The Bengals managed to pile up 407 yards on one of the NFL’s toughest defenses, holding the ball for more than 35 minutes.
Pittsburgh fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2002, done in by another game of self-destruction on offense.
The Steelers had two turnovers in scoring range and couldn’t hold the ball long enough to give its defense a breather, failing to get a first down on seven of its 12 possessions.
The football game was an opportunity for Cincinnati to show they’ve supplanted the Steelers in the AFC North. The Bengals beat Pittsburgh 13-10 at Heinz Field last December to reach the playoffs, and now have moved ahead of the Steelers again with a rare Monday night victory.
The Bengals are currently 10-20 in Monday night games.