Cincinnati quarterback Ken Anderson threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh, and the Bengals shut down the NFL's No. 1-ranked offense to rout the Steelers, 34-7, today.
Anderson completed 16 of 28 passes, including second-half touchdown plays of 73 yards to wide receiver David Verser and five yards to fullback Pete Johnson.
It was the Bengals' third straight victory over the Steelers and gave them undisputed possession of first place in the AFC Central Division with a 5-2 record. Cincinnati had been tied with the Steelers and Houston Oilers going into the game.
"It was one of those days we probably would have been better off staying in bed," said Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll. "The Bengals were even more aggressive than us at the introductions. They outplayed us 1,000 percent."
Holding a 13-0 halftime lead on Coach Forrest Gregg's 48th birthday, Anderson completed a short pass over the middle to Verser on the third play of the second half, and the rookie receiver beat defender Anthony Washington, running down the middle of the field for the touchdown.
On the Bengals' next possession, Anderson led a 69-yard scoring drive in 15 plays, with Charles Alexander scoring the touchdown on a three-yard run.
Johnson, who rushed for 87 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries, took a five-yard pass from Anderson in the fourth quarter to cap the Cincinnati scoring.
Pittsburgh never got going offensively, but managed to avert a shutout when Terry Bradshaw passed 17 yards to Jim Smith for a touchdown with 1:07 to play.
"What have I played, 12 years? I can't remember playing in a game like this in my life where we have been so totally dominated," said Bradshaw, who completed 14 of 27 passes for 150 yards.
"I'm disappointed, but more than that I'm angry," said Bradshaw. "I'm mad as hell and want to do something about it next week. I'm not even tired. I'm sweating more now trying to answer your questions than I did in the game. So, you just go home, kick the dog, forget it and think about doing better next week."