Bengals primer against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Game:Cincinnati Bengals (4-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3)
Series Leader
: Steelers, 44-30
Streak: Steelers, five of the past seven.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 3-7. Tomlin: 1-0
Broadcast: NBC (8:15 PM ET): Al Michaels, John Madden & Andrea Kremer (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Dave Sims, Bob Trumpy. SIRIUS: 123 (Westwood); 122 (Cin.), 126 (Pit.).
SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Showers (40%) with a high of 44 [Weather.com]
Uniform: White

Bengals

  • When Carson Palmer throws for three touchdowns or more, the Bengals are 12-2. In his past two games, Palmer has completed 43 of 69 passes for 456 yards with three touchdowns and no picks.
  • When Rudi Johnson rushes for 100 yards or more, the Bengals are 15-4.
  • Kenny Watson, for the season, is averaging 4.5 yards per rush.
  • Against Tennessee last week, Chad Johnson posted a career high 12 receptions and tied a career high with three touchdowns. Ironically, the same game that saw him become the franchise's all-time receptions leader. Johnson ranks second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL with 1,041 yards receiving.
  • In his past two games against the Steelers, Chris Henry is averaging 81.6 yards receiving.
  • When the defense picks off two passes or more, the Bengals are 21-4 since 2003.
  • Leon Hall leads all NFL rookies with four picks.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • The Steelers look to win their third straight game against the Bengals coming into Sunday with a 6-0 record at home.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is 21-5 at home completing 415 of 656 passes for 5,567 yards, 38 touchdowns and 23 picks (94.9 passer rating).
  • In five career starts against the Bengals, Willie Parker averages 119 yards-per-game looking for his fourth straight 100-yard game against Cincinnati. The Steelers are 18-1 when Parker rushes for 100 yards or more.
  • Hines Ward has 11 career touchdown receptions against the Bengals (most against any opponent).
  • Santonio Holmes, in his past two games against Cincinnati, is averaging 105.5 yards receiving per game.
  • When Heath Miller scores a touchdown, the Steelers are 11-4.
  • With 32 sacks, the Steelers rank 1st in the AFC.
  • Since 2004, when the defense records three sacks or more, the Steelers are 22-7.
  • In his past four games, James Harrison has recorded 5.5 sacks -- 3rd in the NFL with 8.5 sacks this season.

Team Rankings

Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 361.2 (5th) 336.3 (12th)
Passing 270.5 (3rd) 194.5 (22nd)
Rushing 90.6 (24th) 141.7 (2nd)
Scoring 25.5 (6th) 24.7 (7th)
     
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 363.7 (28th) 229.2 (1st)
Passing 243.2 (26th) 152.1 (1st)
Rushing 120.5 (25th) 77.1 (2nd)
Scoring 26.5 (30th) 13.2 (1st)
Sacks 18.0 (t-27th) 32.0 (t-3rd)
     
Turnovers Bengals Steelers
Interceptions 12 (t-10th) 8 (t-28th)
Fumble Recovery 11(t-7th) 12 (t-2nd)
     
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 24.2 (t-9th) 23.3 (16th)
Punt Return 6.1 (31st) 7.2 (t-27th)

Fantastic Four

How have the Fantastic Four fared against the Steelers?

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
10.28.07 L, 13-24 23 31 205 1 0
12.31.06 L, 17-23 20 38 251 2 0
9.24.06 W, 28-20 18 26 193 4 2
12.4.05 W, 38-31 22 38 227 3 0
10.23.05 L, 13-27 21 36 227 0 2
11.21.04 L, 14-19 13 25 165 2 1
10.3.04 L, 17-28 20 37 164 1 2
Passer Rating: 83.4 137 231 1,432 13 7

Rudi Johnson

Date Att Yards TDs
10.28.07 DNP -- --
12.31.06 13 47 0
9.24.06 19 47 0
12.4.05 21 98 2
10.23.05 12 65 0
11.21.04 16 62 0
10.3.04 24 123 1
11.30.03 10 29 0
  115 471 3

Chad Johnson

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.28.07 5 51 0
12.31.06 4 53 0
9.24.06 1 11 0
12.4.05 5 54 0
10.23.05 4 94 0
11.21.04 5 80 1
10.3.04 4 54 0
11.30.03 6 117 1
9.21.03 4 77 0
11.24.02 7 152 0
10.13.02 7 71 0
12.30.01 2 25 0
10.07.01 5 52 0
  59 891 2

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.28.07 7 81 1
12.31.06 4 44 0
9.24.06 9 94 2
12.4.05 5 88 2
10.23.05 7 75 0
11.21.04 2 24 0
10.3.04 6 53 0
11.24.02 1 6 0
10.13.02 4 56 0
12.30.01 9 98 0
  54 619 5
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