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T.J. Watt said the loss was "terrible" while speaking with reporters after the game.
Watt said that it wasn't something they were proud of. You don't want to have that feeling after a game. We put it on tape and now we have to own it and move forward, knowing that everyone will see what happened today and what we can expect in the future. We have to stop this before it becomes a bigger issue than it is.
We can't keep playing like this. It's embarrassing.
Pittsburgh's defense was poor in the loss, allowing quarterback Joe Burrow to complete 20 of 24 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He ran for eight yards and a score.
Joe Mixon set a career high with 165 rushing yards and two touchdown runs, while the wide receiver had six catches for 114 yards and a score.
Ben Roethlisberger completed just 24 of 41 passes for 263 yards and one touchdown. The running backs combined for 51 yards in the loss.
Cincinnati has two wins over Pittsburgh this season. It's the first time in the regular season since 2009 that the Bengals have swept the Steelers. The Black and Gold have been defeated by 45 points by Cincinnati.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cincinnati Bengals on the same day they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers. The last two weeks have seen the most points allowed by the Pittsburgh defense in back-to-back games since Mike Tomlin became coach in 2007, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The defense has allowed 180.5 rushing yards per game since holding the Cleveland Browns to 96 yards on the ground on October 31.
The 5-5-1 record is the lowest in the division for the Steelers. Things are not looking good for the Pittsburgh squad as they prepare to face the Baltimore Ravens, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs in the next week.