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Bengals 20, Steelers 10

CINCINNATI — An elusive Bengals rookie made all the difference by darting through the Steelers defense.

Running back Giovani Bernard had his first two NFL touchdowns Monday night, one on a short pass that he turned into a 27-yard score, and Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 20-10, extending the Steelers' early misery.

The second-round draft pick had a 7-yard touchdown run in the first half before turning a short pass from Andy Dalton into a third-quarter score.

Tight end and first-round pick Tyler Eifert also had a big play, making a 61-yard catch that set up Bernard's touchdown run for the Bengals, who piled up 407 yards and held the ball for more than 35 minutes.

Pittsburgh, 0-2 for the first time since 2002, was done in by more self-destruction on offense a week after a sluggish loss to the Titans. This time the Steelers had two turnovers in scoring range and failed to get a first down on seven of their 12 drives.

Dalton finished 25-of-45, one attempt shy of career high, for 280 yards.

Through two games the Steelers have 19 points; only fellow 0-2 teams Cleveland (16) and Jacksonville (11) have scored fewer.

Eagles clock issues: Eagles coach Chip Kelly admitted he didn't know that he could use a timeout to let a banged-up Michael Vick stay in the game late in Sunday's loss to the Chargers. "That's on me. I didn't think we could," Kelly said Monday. "…I think it's difficult for anybody to be familiar with any rule because the rule book is so thick." The Eagles tied the score on that drive with a field goal with 1:51 left, enough time for Philip Rivers to drive San Diego for the winning field goal.

Lions deny Suh report: Lions coach Jim Schwartz strongly denied a Fox Sports report that defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been a menace to teammates in practice, occasionally stomping players and even slamming their heads to the ground. "I can say unequivocally he has never slammed anybody's head to the ground or stomped on anybody," Schwartz said of Jay Glazer's report. "But I would bet (local media) would have reported that long before a guy that's never been to one of our practices reports it." Also, running back Reggie Bush had an MRI exam on his left knee and Schwartz said Bush "doesn't have anything that's long term."

Redskins stay with RG3: Coach Mike Shanahan scoffed at any notion of benching quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is struggling in his return from major right knee surgery. "We've got a lot of confidence in Robert," Shanahan said.

Weeden iffy: Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will probably miss this week's game at Minnesota with a sprained right (throwing) thumb. The second-year starter was hurt in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Baltimore.

Rice day to day: Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice (strained left hip flexor) won't need an MRI exam and is expected to play next week against the Texans.

Dennard case: At an appearance in district court, Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard admitted to violating probation by drinking alcohol and driving in Nebraska in July. A judge will announce Dec. 5 whether his probation will be revoked.

BRONCOS: Backup tackle Chris Clark signed a two-year extension through 2015 and might start this week with three-time Pro Bowl pick Ryan Clady nursing a left foot sprain.

CHARGERS: Receiver Malcom Floyd, who suffered a neck injury against the Eagles, isn't expected to be available next week against the Titans. The team was still running tests on his injury.

COLTS: Guard Donald Thomas tore a quad tendon in his right leg and is likely out for the season. Coach Chuck Pagano said Thomas will have surgery this week.

FALCONS: Defensive end Kroy Biermann (torn right Achilles tendon) and fullback Bradie Ewing (separated left shoulder) are out for the season.

49ERS: Nose tackle Ian Williams (broken left ankle) had surgery and is likely out for the season. Williams was cut blocked by Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy.

JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a strained tendon in his left foot but might play Sunday at Seattle.

PANTHERS: Starting free safety Charles Godfrey (torn right Achilles) is out for the season.

RAMS: Coach Jeff Fisher said officiating mistakes were the biggest reason his team lost Sunday at Atlanta. He said that of St. Louis' seven penalties, only two made by referee Scott Green's crew should have been called.

Seahawks: Left tackle Russell Okung (turf toe) will likely miss at least one game.

TEXANS: Andre Johnson has a concussion but coach Gary Kubiak said he was optimistic about the star receiver's return next week against Baltimore.

Bengals 20, Steelers 10 09/16/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:33am]
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