Ru­dolph guides reel­ing Steel­ers to first win of the sea­son

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Quar­ter­back Ma­son Ru­dolph seem­ingly came into his own Mon­day, pass­ing for 229 yards and two touch­downs to lead the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers past the vis­it­ing Cincin­nati Ben­gals 27-3.

The win el­e­vated the Steel­ers from win­less to within a game of first place in the AFC North at 1-3.

The Ben­gals fell to 0-4 un­der first-year coach Zac Tay­lor.

Ru­dolph, in his sec­ond start since fu­ture Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Ben Roeth­lis­berger sus­tained a sea­son-end­ing el­bow in­jury, com­pleted 24 of 28 pass­ing.

He threw TD strikes of James Con­ner, who amassed 125 to­tal yards, and Dion­tae John­son.

Pitts­burgh’s Jalen Sa­muels rushed for a touch­down.

An early Randy Bul­lock field goal ac­counted for the Ben­gals’ scor­ing.

Cincin­nati quar­ter­back Andy Dal­ton, still with­out top re­ceiver A.J. Green (an­kle), fin­ished 21 of 37 for 171 pass­ing yards with an in­ter­cep­tion and was sacked eight times — with Cam Hey­ward cred­ited with 2 1/2 sacks.

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Steel­ers QB Ma­son Ru­dolph throws a 21-yard TD pass to James Con­ner dur­ing last night’s game against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals at Heinz Field in Pitts­burgh.

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