Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (6-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2)
Series Leader: Pittsburgh Steelers, 47-31
Streak: Steelers have won five of the past six and 14 of the past 19
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 4-10. Tomlin: 4-1
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms.  Westwood One Radio: Howard David, Dan Reeves.  SIRIUS: 147 (Cin.), 123 (Pit.).  XM: 105 (Pit.). 
SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Mostly cloudy with a high of 62. [Weather.com]
Uniform: White
Television Coverage: All of Ohio and many surrounding states, additional Midwest and West Coast coverage. Click on the link. [506]

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Dating back to December 14, 2008, the Cincinnati Bengals have won nine of the past 11 games.
  • Bengals look to win consecutive games against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time since 1998.
  • When a running back rushes the football 25 times or more under the Marvin Lewis era, the Bengals are 26-1.
  • In his past six games against Pittsburgh, Carson Palmer has completed 120 of 214 passes for 1,242 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions -- 86.2 passer rating.
  • Cedric Benson looks to rush for 100 yards or more in his third consecutive games. Benson is averaging 106.2 yards rushing per game when he rushes 20 times or more; his teams are 11-1-1 when rushing 20 times or more.
  • In his past four games, Chad Ochocinco is averaging 95.3 yards receiving per game.
  • Defense has recorded eight interceptions in the past four games.
  • Johnathan Joseph recorded a pick-six in last game against the Steelers. With four interceptions this year, Joseph needs only one more interception to surpass his career-high in 2007.
  • Leon Hall has four interceptions in the past four games and looks to record an interception in his third straight game. Hall needs one more interception to tie a career-high.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Mike Tomlin is 7-0 versus the AFC North at home.
  • Dating back to November 16, 2008, the Steelers have won eight straight games at home.
  • In his past three games against Cincinnati, Ben Roethlisberger has completed 56 of 89 passes for 735 yards with four touchdowns and an interception (99.2 passer rating).
  • The Steelers are 33-2, including the playoffs, when Roethlisberger has a passer rating of 100 or better.
  • Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 150 yards or more twice this season.
  • Willie Parker has four 100-yard rushing games against the Bengals
  • In four home games this year, Hines Ward has three 100-yard receiving games this year.
  • In his last game against Cincinnati, Mike Wallace set a career high in receptions (7) and yards receiving (102).
  • Tyrone Carter tied a career high with two interceptions last week, including a 48-yard pick-six.
  • Troy Polamalu has three interceptions in four games this year. The Steelers are 16-3 when Polamalu has an interception.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 348.8 (12th) 382.0 (5th)
Scoring 22.5 (t-16th) 24.4 (13th)
Third Downs 42% (11th) 45% (5th)
Passing 218.8 (18th) 266.8 (5th)
Passing TDs 14 (t-10th) 15 (9th)
Rushing 130.0 (9th) 115.2 (15th)
Rushing TDs 7 (t-13th) 6 (t-18th)
Sacks Allowed 12 (t-4th) 23 (24th)
20-yard Passes 22 (16th) 31 (t-5th)
     
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 325.5 (14th) 284.9 (5th)
Scoring 16.9 (5th) 17.4 (6th)
3rd Downs Allowed 37% (14th) 42% (26th)
Passing 241.6 (25th) 214.5 (14th)
Passing TDs 10 (t-11th) 9 (t-8th)
Rushing 83.9 (2nd) 70.4 (1st)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-7th) 2 (t-1st)
Sacks 10 (t-11th) 9 (t-8th)
QB Rating 81.6 (11th) 77.2 (8th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 27 (25th) 18 (t-9th)
Interceptions 10 (6th) 8 (t-10th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 19.2 (31st) 25.0 (6th)
Punt Return 12.4 (5th) 6.8 (23rd)
Punting (Net) 37.6 (19th) 40.1 (t-7th)
Punts Inside the 20 13 (t-14th) 13 (t-14th)

2009 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 89.5 t-12th
Yards Passing 1,832 16th
Touchdowns 14 t-9th
First Downs 93 t-13th
Average Yards/Att 7.0 t-15th
Completions 160 15th
Interceptions 7 t-17th
Times Sacked 12 t-9th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 837 2nd
Attempts / Game 24.8 1st
Touchdowns 6 t-7th
First Downs 35 t-4th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 44 t-11th
Yards Receiving 639 8th
Touchdowns 5 t-10th
20-yard receptions 10 t-4th
First Downs 33 t-8th

CAREER AGAINST THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
9.27.09 W, 23-20 20 37 183 1 0
12.02.07 L, 10-24 17 44 183 0 0
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

Chad Johnson

Date Rec Yards TDs
9.27.09 5 54 0
10.19.08 8 52 1
12.02.07 6 86 0
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


* Chad didn't play in the second game against the Steelers after he was declared inactive because of insubordination.

Laveranues Coles

Date Rec Yards TDs
9.27.09 5 34 0
11.18.07 1 56 0
11.28.04 6 55 0
12.9.01 3 20 0
10.8.2000 1 18 0

Chris Henry

Date Rec. Yards TDs
9.27.09 1 19 0
11.20.08 2 25 0
10.19.08 3 44 0
12.2.07 2 31 0
12.31.06 4 124 1
9.24.06 5 69 2
12.4.05 5 52 0
10.23.05 0 0 0

Cedric Benson

Date Rush Yards TDs
9.27.09 16 76 1
11.20.08 16 35 0
10.19.08 14 52 0
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