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Steelers beat Bengals with inspired Roethlisberger, .

Ben Roethlisberger apparently doesn’t need to train to overwhelm the Cincinnati Bengals.

The veteran Pittsburgh quarterback threw for 333 yards, his season high, and four touchdowns despite being forced to stay away from team facilities all week in compliance with COVID-19 protocols and the Steelers remained undefeated with a 36-10 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Roethlisberger, one of four Steelers players on the COVID-19 list on Monday following a contact trace in the wake of tight end Vance McDonald testing positive for coronavirus, completed 27 of 46 passes on a windy afternoon at Heinz Field. . Roethlisberger connected with Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster on touchdowns in the first half and threw two touchdown passes to rookie Chase Claypool in the second half as Pittsburgh improved to 9-0.

Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow of Cincinnati struggled to pick up pace behind a porous offensive line. Two weeks after a promising win over Tennessee, the Bengals (2-6-1) saw how much work remains to be done under second-year coach Zac Taylor. Cincinnati failed to finalize a single one of its 13 third-game situations and Burrow spent much of the second half under pressure. TJ Watt had two of Pittsburgh’s four sacks as the Steelers won for the 11th time in a row a game with their divisional rival.

Pittsburgh has made the best start to the season in franchise history mostly by outliving its opponents rather than overwhelming them.

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