Primer: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
Series Leader: Steelers, 47-32
Streak: Steelers have won five of the previous seven games; Bengals have won the previous two games.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis 5-10. Tomlin 4-2
Broadcast: ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden. Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (Pit.), 126 (Cin.).  XM: 124 (WW1), 102 (Pit.), 103 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain
NFL.comGame Center
Weather: High of 59 with light 10 MPH winds [Weather.com]
Uniform: Black

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Bengals have won four of the past five games while at home playing on Monday Night Football.
  • Carson Palmer has a 21-12 career record against the AFC North, throwing for 53 touchdowns and an 84.8 passer rating.
  • When Cedric Benson rushes for over 100 yards, the Bengals are 9-1.
  • Terrell Owens recorded his 31st career game with two touchdowns or more last week against the Dolphins, which ranks third most in NFL history (Jerry Rice 44, Randy Moss 36).
  • Owens (50) needs just one 100-yard receiving game to surpass Don Maynard for fourth most in NFL history (Jerry Rice 76).
  • Owens has caught a touchdown in four straight games.
  • Chad Ochocinco has career receptions against the Steelers.
  • Morgan Trent recorded his first career interception in the NFL during his first NFL start against the Dolphins.
  • Johnathan Joseph has two interceptions and two forced fumbles in the past four games against the Steelers.
  • In his past two games against the Steelers, Bernard Scott is averaging 41.2 yards/return on kickoffs, including a 96-yard touchdown.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Steelers are 5-0 on Monday Night Football under Mike Tomlin.
  • Including the playoffs, Ben Roethlisberger is 11-2 in his home state of Ohio (6-1 at Cincinnati, 5-1 at Cleveland).
  • Steelers are 37-4 when Roethlisberger records a passer rating of 100 or better.
  • Rashard Mendenhall needs two rushing touchdowns to surpass last year's career high of seven.
  • Mendenhall is averaging 81.5 yards receiving in two games against the AFC North.
  • Hines Ward has a reception in 185 consecutive games and needs one reception to surpass Terrell Owens for third-most consecutive games with a reception in NFL history.
  • Ward has 14 career touchdowns against the Bengals, most against any opponent.
  • In his last game against the Bengals, Mike Wallace had 102 yards receiving.
  • James Harrison has 8.5 quarterback sacks in the past five games on Monday Night Football.
  • LaMarr Woodley has four quarterback sacks in the past four games against the Cincinnati Bengals.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 355.4 (11th) 297.6 (27th)
Scoring 20.9 (18th) 21.0 (16th)
Third Downs 37% (20th) 34% (29th)
Rushing 101.0 (20th) 117.3 (11th)
Rushing TDs 2 (t-27th) 6 (t-10th)
20-Yard Runs 1 (31st) 7 (t-9th)
Passing 254.4 (6th) 180.3 (29th)
Passing TDs 12 (t-10th) 8 (t-23rd)
Sacks Allowed 10 (t-3rd) 15 (t-15th)
20-yard Passes 18 (t-22nd) 23 (t-9th)
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 342.0 (19th) 302.0 (5th)
Scoring 23.3 (t-24th) 14.6 (1st)
3rd Downs Allowed 41% (24th) 38% (16th)
Rushing 120.7 (23rd) 58.9 (1st)
Rushing TDs 6 (t-21st) 2 (t-2nd)
20-Yard Runs 8 (t-24th) 0 (1st)
Passing 221.3 (20th) 243.1 (25th)
Passing TDs 9 (t-9th) 6 (t-2nd)
Sacks 6 (t-last) 20 (10th)
QB Rating 76.5 (11th) 79.1 (14th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 22 (t-14th) 20 (t-11th)
Interceptions 9 (t-8th) 10 (t-6th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 19.6 (30th) 28.4 (3rd)
Punt Return 6.9 (27th) 7.1 (26th)
Punting (Net) 38.7 (t-12th) 40.5 (t-4th)
Punts Inside the 20 14 (t-6th) 9 (t-25th)

2010 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 83.0 20th
Yards Passing 1,855 7th
Touchdowns 12 t-6th
First Downs 97 6th
Average Yards/Att 6.6 24th
Completions 168 6th
Interceptions 7 t-15th
Times Sacked 10 t-6th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 545 12th
Attempts / Game 20.4 6th
Touchdowns 2 t-24th
First Downs 31 t-8th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 39 t-17th
Yards Receiving 458 t-23rd
Touchdowns 2 t-46th
20-yard receptions 3 t-73rd
First Downs 26 t-13th
     
Terrell Owens Stat Ranking
Receptions 45 t-6th
Yards Receiving 629 6th
Touchdowns 5 t-10th
20-yard receptions 8 t-9th
First Downs 28 t-9th
     

CAREER AGAINST THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
11.15.09 W, 18-12 18 30 178 0 0
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 Ochocinco

Date Rec Yards TDs
11.15.2009 2 29 0
9.27.2009 5 54 0
10.19.2008 8 52 1
12.02.2007 6 86 0
10.28.2007 5 51 0
12.31.2006 4 53 0
9.24.2006 1 11 0
12.4.2005 5 54 0
10.23.2005 4 94 0
11.21.2004 5 80 1
10.3.2004 4 54 0
11.30.2003 6 117 1
9.21.2003 4 77 0
11.24.2002 7 152 0
10.13.2002 7 71 0
12.30.2001 2 25 0
10.0720.01 5 52 0

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

Terrell Owens

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.7.2008 3 32 1
11.7.2004 7 53 0
11.17.2003 8 155 1
11.7.1999 2 15 0
12.15.1996 3 45 1

Cedric Benson

Date Rush Yards TDs
11.15.2009 7 22 0
9.27.2009 16 76 1
11.20.2008 16 35 0
10.19.2008 14 52 0
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