Sunday, December 12, 2010
Steelers-Bengals halftime notes
By James Walker
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Cincinnati Bengals 10-7 at intermission.
Here are some notes at halftime:
- Until late in the first half, Pittsburgh looked like a team hungover after its big win against the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers looked listless until safety Troy Polamalu made a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown to tie the game at the 4:37 mark of the second quarter. Polamalu picked off his college roommate at USC, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, and the throw was intended for receiver Terrell Owens. It was Polamalu's second interception return for a touchdown in his career. Pittsburgh also got a late field goal before intermission.
- Cincinnati left tackle Andrew Whitworth caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, which was the first score by a Bengals O-lineman since 1995. The Steelers came on a run blitz and Whitworth was wide open for the easy catch.
- Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's accuracy has been shaky at times, and you have to wonder if the injuries are having an impact. Roethlisberger is playing with heavy tape on his injured right foot for the second straight week, and he's wearing a visor to protect his broken nose. Most quarterbacks do not wear a visor because it can impact vision. Roethlisberger has completed 9 of 17 passes for 99 yards.
- Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was booed entering Heinz Field Sunday. There's been a lot of speculation that Lewis could be a candidate for the University of Pittsburgh coaching vacancy. The Panthers also play at this stadium.
- Cincinnati safety Chinedum Ndukwe was knocked out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter and won't return.