The Steelers limited the depleted Bengals to six first downs after an early touchdown drive and found just enough offense themselves amid the snow flurries to control the clock behind Roethlisberger and beat Cincinnati, 27-10, last night.
Pittsburgh (8-3) wasn't dominating - except defensively - in winning its fifth in a row over Cincinnati (1-9-1), its longest streak since an eight-game run in the early 1990s. The Steelers trailed 7-0 until Roethlisberger threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller and didn't take control until backup running backs Mewelde Moore and Gary Russell led a third-quarter drive that made it 20-7.
Jeff Reed also kicked field goals of 37 and 38 yards that weren't sure things given the slippery field conditions that helped slow a Bengals offense that was loaded with backups because of injuries and Ocho Cinco's deactivation for violating team rules.
Off the field
Browns: : Brady Quinn broke his right index finger during the first half of Monday's game against the Bills, but Cleveland's new starting quarterback stayed in and led the Browns to a 29-27 win. Despite the injury, he will try to play Sunday against the visiting Texans. He didn't seem to be bothered by the finger while throwing during the 30-minute segment of practice open to the media.
More Browns: : General manager Phil Savage has apologized to a fan to whom he sent a profane e-mail after Monday night's game against Buffalo. Savage used an expletive in his response to the fan, who criticized the GM in several e-mail exchanges. "There had been previous e-mails from him over the months, and enough was enough," Savage, a former Ravens official, said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. "We have both apologized to each other since."
Cowboys: : Owner Jerry Jones said one of the reasons he is willing to take another chance on Adam Jones is because he feels partly to blame for the cornerback's latest trouble. "Yes, I do take responsibility for the fact that it was my own security that the issue was part of," Jerry Jones said, referring to the security detail employed by the team to help keep Adam Jones out of trouble. The cornerback was recently suspended, an action taken after he got into an alcohol-related scuffle with one of the bodyguards during a private party Oct. 7 in Dallas. ... Rookie running back Felix Jones will be placed on injured reserve because of an injury to his left big toe suffered while rehabilitating after he hurt his left hamstring Oct. 12.
Et cetera: : Rams running back Steven Jackson will miss his fourth game in five weeks because of a thigh injury. ... Dolphins wide receiver Greg Camarillo reached an agreement on three-year, $6 million extension that keeps him under contract through 2011. ... The Broncos placed tight end Nate Jackson on injured reserve. ... Mike Martz, the 49ers' offensive coordinator, was fined $20,000 for blaming game officials for the chaotic ending to the Nov. 10 lost to the Cardinals, CBSsports.com and ESPN.com reported.