Bengals struggling minus Andy Dalton

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) throws during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – The Cincinnati Bengals are looking like they miss Andy Dalton.

The Pittsburgh Steelers took a 6-0 halftime lead over the Bengals during a sloppy and soggy two quarters at Paul Brown Stadium thanks to a pair of Chris Boswell field goals. While the Bengals have kept Ben Roethlisberger and All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown in check, Cincinnati and quarterback AJ McCarron have done little against the league’s 21st ranked defense.

The Bengals managed all of 56 yards in the first half. McCarron completed just 7 of 14 passes for 59 yards. His interception to Pittsburgh’s Antwon Blake set up Boswell’s first field goal.

Cincinnati’s secondary is dealing with a pair of injuries. Safety Reggie Nelson is out with a busted left ankle and corner Dre Kirkpatrick is questionable with left quad injury.

Pittsburgh running back Fitzgerald Toussaint — who came in with 69 career yards of total offense — had 81 in the opening half on 38 yards rushing and 43 receiving. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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