Key Takeaways from Saturday’s Doubleheader

The Pittsburgh Steelers put up a season-high 34 points to stay alive in the AFC playoff race with a dominant performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Second-year wideout George Pickens had a career day, racking up 195 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Mason Rudolph also had a strong showing, completing 17 of 27 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns. The mistake-free performance from Rudolph was well-received by the Pittsburgh crowd.

On the other hand, the Bengals’ playoff aspirations took a hit as backup QB Jake Browning struggled, throwing three interceptions and missing several throws to wide-open receivers. The Bengals’ normally stout defense also faltered, giving up a 24-0 deficit at halftime.

Veteran defenders stepped up for the Steelers, forcing turnovers and providing constant pressure on Browning. The Steelers’ defense made things easier for an offense starting a third-string QB and contributed to the team ending a three-game skid.

Historically, the Steelers have scored 30-plus points in one game in each of the last two seasons, both times coming at home against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The game’s Next Gen stat highlighted Pickens’ impressive speed and yards after the catch, making a significant impact for the Steelers.

Overall, the Steelers’ dominant win keeps their playoff hopes alive, while the Bengals’ struggles may result in them being on the outside looking in. This game will go down as a standout moment for the Steelers in their battle to secure a spot in the postseason.

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