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Steelers stymie Bengals' offense, run wild in win

In what was a "statement game" for Cincy, the Steelers delivered a message that they're still the team to beat in the AFC North.

Updated: October 25, 2005, 2:37 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- Seeking to validate their heady 5-1 start with a victory against the division's long-time bullies, and to legitimize themselves as a viable playoff contender, the Bengals termed Sunday's matchup here against the Pittsburgh Steelers a "measuring stick" moment.

Given what transpired at rainy Paul Brown Stadium, though, the Bengals will probably recall the lopsided 27-13 defeat more as a whipping stick game.

"It was like we got hit with a two-by-four," acknowledged ...

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