The well-rested Bengals made their way to the Steel City looking to snap a 10-game overall losing streak to the Steelers. Zac Taylor’s team had a pair of early turnovers but was down by just five points early in the second quarter. But Cincinnati’s defense failed to sack Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 333 yards and four scores while Pittsburgh did not commit a turnover. The loss dropped the Bengals to 0-4 vs. their division rivals this season.
The 49ers had some extra time to prepare for their clash with the Saints at the Superdome, a place where they won a season ago, 48-46. Kyle Shanahan’s squad owned an early 10-0 advantage but watched New Orleans score the next 27 points of the game. San Francisco’s defense allowed only 237 total yards but Nick Mullens was picked off twice and Shanahan’s club also lost a pair of fumbles as the Niners dropped to 2-5 within the conference.
The Panthers took a four-game losing streak into their rematch with the Buccaneers. In Week 2 at Tampa, Matt Rhule’s club fell to Bruce Arians’ team, 31-17. This time around, the clubs were even after 30 minutes of play at 17-all. But Carolina was outscored 29-6 in the second half and by game’s end managed only 187 total yards. Carolina quarterback Teddy Bridgewater left the game late in the fourth quarter (via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com).