Note: These primers are not designed to show which teams have a greater advantage, nor are they used to show who could win or lose. They are simply informational and of interest to get you ready for the game. Some stats carry over from the week before, which are updated to this week.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
Series Leader: Pittsburgh Steelers, 47-30
Streak: Pittsburgh is on a five-game winning streak
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 3-10. Tomlin: 4-0
Broadcast: CBS (4:15 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. Westwood One Radio: Kevin Kugler, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 121 (Pit.), 158 (Cin.). XM: 105 (Pit.).
SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Thunderstorms and 40% chance of rain. High of 74 degrees and light winds. [Weather.com]
Television Coverage: Mostly everyone east of the Mississippi river, excluding Florida and the New England region. Viewing area also includes all of Texas and Louisiana, parts of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. [The 506]
- In his past two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback Carson Palmer has completed 43 of 69 passes for 459 yards passing and three touchdowns -- a quarterback rating of 96.0. Since 2005, Palmer ranks third in the AFC with 92 touchdowns, behind Peyton Manning (120) and Tom Brady (102).
- Cedric Benson recorded his sixth career 100-yard game last week against the Green Bay Packers. Benson is averaging 95.5 yards rushing when he carries the football 20 times or more in a game. In his past four games, Benson is averaging 124.8 yards rushing per game.
- With 9,085 yards receiving, Chad Ochocinco became the first player in franchise history to record 9,000 yards receiving in a career. Through two games, Chad is averaging 20 yards per reception. Chad ranks 2nd in the NFL with 8,665 yards receiving since 2002 (Torry Holt has 8,921 yards receiving).
- Laveranues Coles recorded his first touchdown reception as a Cincinnati Bengal against the Green Bay Packers.
- Last week, Chad Ochocinco, Chris Henry and Laveranues Coles each recorded a touchdown receiving.
- Antwan Odom recorded five sacks last week (in case you were in a coma from Sunday until this very moment) tying Eddie Edwards for most in a game in franchise history.
- Odom leads the NFL with seven sacks.
- Rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga recorded his first sack last week against the Green Bay Packers.
- As a head coach Mike Tomlin has a 26-12 (.684) record, including the playoffs.
- (note: all stats in include the playoffs) Ben Roethlisberger is 10-0 when playing in the state of Ohio (6-0 in Cincinnati. 5-0 in Cleveland). Ben has 11 touchdowns and three interceptions for a career passer rating 112.5 when playing in Cincinnati. The Steelers are 29-2 (.935) when Ben records a passer rating of 100.0 or better in a game.
- In the month of September, running back Willie Parker is averaging 88.6 yards per game in his career; along with 9 100-yard rushing games.
- Dating back to Super Bowl XLIII, wide receiver Santonio Holmes is averaging 115 yards receiving. In his past four games against the Bengals, Holmes is averaging 96 yards receiving per game.
- Since 2007, the Steelers lead the AFC with 89 quarterback sacks.
- James Harrison's 24.5 sacks since 2007 is the second most in the AFC behind Mario Williams' 27.
- Linebacker LaMarr Woodley looks to record a quarterback sack in his third consecutive games against the Cincinnati Bengals; has three in his past two games against Cincinnati.
|Total||313.0 (21st)||332.5 (16th)|
|Passing||194.5 (23rd)||262.0 (t-7th)|
|Passing TDs||3 (t-10th)||2 (t-19th)|
|Rushing||118.5 (12th)||70.5 (28th)|
|Rushing TDs||2 (t-5th)||1 (t-18th)|
|Scoring||19 (20th)||13.5 (29th)|
|Total||306.5 (11th)||297.5 (9th)|
|Passing||224.5 (16th)||233.0 (19th)|
|Passing TDs||2 (t-5th)||3 (t-15th)|
|Rushing||82.0 (11th)||64.5 (t-7th)|
|Rushing TDs||1 (t-9th)||0 (t-1st)|
|Scoring||18 (12th)||13.5 (t-5th)|
|Sacks||9 (1st)||2 (t-24th)|
|QB Rating||90.6 (22nd)||93.4 (23rd)|
|20-Yard Passes Allowed||9 (t-28th)||4 (t-6th)|
|Interceptions||0 (t-27th)||1 (t-18th)|
|Kickoff Return||16.3 (5th)||6.7 (21st)|
|Punt Return||23.0 (16th)||25.1 (t-6th)|
|Punting (Net)||38.7 (18th)||43.4 (t-5th)|
|Punts Inside the 20||7 (1st)||5 (t-2nd)|
* Chad didn't play in the second game against the Steelers after he was declared inactive because of insubordination.