Steelers gradually pulling away

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

PITTSBURGH -- It took three quarters, but the Steelers are finally asserting their will against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In a grinding, defensive struggle, tailback Gary Russell scored on a 2-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to give Pittsburgh a 20-7 lead. It was the first touchdown of Russell's career.

The Bengals have played hard for three quarters but appear to be wearing down and are simply out-manned on the road. The Steelers' defense has been stellar since giving up a first-quarter touchdown drive and will likely force Cincinnati to throw the ball a lot to try to overcome a double-digit deficit.