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1983 Steelers 24 at Bengals 14 MNF

Pittsburgh's defense proves to be their best offense, scoring 3 defensive TDs to earn the Steelers their first victory in Cinci since 1978. Safety Rick Woods starts the scoring with a 38-yd TD romp after a 1st-quarter fumble recovery, while Ron Johnson and Harvey Clayton return a pair of INTs for 4th-quarter TDs. Johnson's 34-yd return of a Turk Schonert pass gives Pittsburgh a 17-14 lead with 11 minutes left, and Clayton races 70 yards with another errant Schonert throw with just 1:20 left to seal the win. The Bengals have a chance to tie after Johnson's INT return, but Jim Breech's 47-yd FG attempt hits the upright with 3:40 to play. While the Steelers only muster 168 yds of offense, Pittsburgh's pass rush is unstoppable, sacking Cinci QBs a club-record 9 times (including the final sack of Gabe Rivera's brief career) for 77 yards. Jack Lambert also adds a sack and an INT. Backup Schonert comes in after Ken Anderson suffers a sprained neck early in the game on a facemask tackle by Keith Gary. A huge shout out to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this game! 
At halftime, highlights from the previous day's games, plus Howard Cosell, who's in Baltimore for the World Series, interviews the starting pitchers for Game 1 the following night: John Denny of the Phillies and Scott McGregor of the Orioles.