Mixon runs for 165-yard career, Bengals crush Steelers | Sports News

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By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) – Joe Mixon rushed for a career-high 165 yards and two touchdowns, Joe Burrow ran for one score and passed for another and the Cincinnati Bengals crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-10 , sweeping the season series for the first time since 2009.

Mixon, who comes off a solid 123-yard, two-TD performance in a win over Las Vegas last week, scored 117 yards in the first half and helped the Bengals secure a third straight victory over their rival. of AFC North after losing 11 straight in the series.

The Steelers (5-5-1) are winless in their last three games. The Bengals (7-4), dominated by Pittsburgh for so many years, have established themselves as a legitimate contender for the playoffs.

Cincinnati scored on their first four drives, and former Steeler Mike Hilton returned a Ben Roethlisberger pass for a 24-yard touchdown late in the first half to take Cincinnati’s lead to 31-3 in the intermission.

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The Bengals’ defense kept Roethlisberger from getting any real traction until it was too late. He was selected twice and sacked twice, finishing with 263 yards. His 15-yard touchdown pass to Pat Freiermuth came late in the game.

Burrow was 20 for 24 for 190 yards, throwing a 32-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins, and scrambling and diving for an 8-yard TD to open the scoring in the first quarter for the Bengals.

Higgins had six catches for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Steelers: LB Robert Spillane injured his knee and did not return. … CB Joe Haden has been sent off (foot). … OL JC Hassenauer (pectoral) and TE Eric Ebron (knee) were placed on the injured list on Saturday.

Bengals: OL Riley Reiff injured his ankle in the third quarter and his return was questionable. … OL Trey Hopkins started in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

Steelers: Host Baltimore next Sunday.

Bengals: Host the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

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