It's funny how a game is looked at as total domination and the Steelers had just 295 yards of offense, their third-lowest total of the season.
Then again, many of the starters were pulled midway through the fourth quarter.
The most impressive thing about this victory for the Steelers was that their running game was highly effective. Pittsburgh picked up 136 yards on the ground of 33 carries against a good Cincinnati front seven.
That set up a lot of the other things the Steelers did offensively.
And Pittsburgh's domination up front was never more apparent than on its final scoring drive in the third quarter when Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman combined for five carries for 48 yards during a 93-yard drive.
If the Steelers can keep that up, they are going to be tough to beat in January.
© The Steelers have been looking for ways to get talented rookie corner Cortez Allen into their dime package and may have found it.
They brought safety Ryan Clark off the field at times in the dime in favor or Allen, giving them four corners and Troy Polamalu on the field at the same time.
That's a lot of coverage.
© It was nice to see Hines Ward get his 12,000 yards in front of the home crowd, which gave him a nice ovation for the feat.
It also didn't seem like the Steelers forced the issue, just allowing it to happen.
© The Steelers have now won seven of their past eight games and beaten Cincinnati (twice) and New England during that stretch.
That doesn't look to bad on the résumé.
The win over Kansas City wasn't all that inspiring, but there was plenty to be optimistic about following the dismantling of the Bengals.
© LaMarr Woodley told me after the game that he could wind up being a part-time player for a period of time until he gets his wind back.
That's the trouble with hamstring injuries. Unlike James Harrison, who was out with an eye injury and therefore able to keep his cardio up, Woodley's exercises have been limited to stretching and such to build his hamstring strength.
He said his hamstring felt "tired" Sunday, so the Steelers shut him down.
Having Jason Worilds prove that he can be competitive out there helps the situation.
© Steelers special teams coach Al Everest was taken aback when asked if he thought Curtis Brown had a block on in the back on Antonio Brown's 60-yard punt return touchdown at the end of the first half.
"You could call three of those on any play," said Everest. "We've had them go against us."
But not on this occasion.
In the grand scheme of things, it wouldn't have mattered. It's likely that with two timeouts, the Steelers would have gotten the ball at their own 30 and at least gotten into field goal range. But even if they didn't, this game was never in question.