Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 08: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers breaks free from Geno Atkins #97 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 8 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 27-21. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-10) at Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)
Series Leader: Steelers, 48-32
Streak: Steelers have won six of the past eight
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis 5-11. Tomlin: 5-2
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf.  SIRIUS: 130 (Cin.), 126 (Pit.). XM: 105 (Pit.). 
SB Nation: Behind The Steel Curtain
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Weather: 70% Chance of a rain/snow mix with a high of 38 degrees. [Weather.com]
Uniform: White

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Bengals have won two of the previous three games against the Steelers.
  • Palmer is averaging 291.7 yards passing per game on the road in 2010.
  • Palmer needs two touchdowns (148) to join Ken Anderson (197) and Boomer Esiason (187) as the only Bengals players in history to reach 150 touchdown passes.
  • Cedric Benson needs 163 yards rushing to reach 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career.
  • Benson tied a career-high two touchdowns last week against the Saints.
  • Terrell Owens had 10 receptions for 141 yards receiving and two touchdowns in his previous game against Pittsburgh.
  • Owens has five touchdown receptions in his previous six games against the Steelers.
  • Owens needs one touchdown to record his ninth season with 10 touchdown receptions or more.
  • Chad Ochocinco is averaging 81.2 yards receiving per game on the road in 2010.
  • Carlos Dunlap has 3.5 quarterback sacks in his previous two games and looks to record a sack in his third straight game.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Mike Tomlin became the seventh head coach to win at least nine games in each of the first four seasons since 1970.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is 10-4 against the Bengals, including the playoffs, completing 254 of 401 passes for 2,973 yards passing, 20 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 87.8.
  • Roethlisberger aims to record a touchdown in three straight games.
  • Rashard Mendenhall recorded 99 yards rushing in his previous game against the Bengals.
  • Mendenhall needs one rushing touchdown to become the fifth Steelers running back in franchise history to have 10 rushing touchdowns in a season.
  • Hines Ward has 15 career touchdowns against the Bengals -- most against any opponent.
  • Mike Wallace has 100 yards receiving or more in two of the past three games against the Bengals.
  • James Farrior aims to record a sack in his fourth straight game.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 328.0 (22nd) 330.6 (21st)
Scoring 21.2 (20th) 22.2 (t-14th)
Third Downs 37% (19th) 40% (14th)
Rushing 92.3 (26th) 120.0 (10th)
Rushing TDs 6 (t-27th) 10 (t-9th)
20-Yard Runs 3 (t-30th) 12 (t-5th)
Passing 235.7 (13th) 210.6 (18th)
Passing TDs 20 (14th) 17 (t-17th)
Sacks Allowed 25 (t-16th) 31 (25th)
20-yard Passes 32 (t-24th) 44 (t-5th)
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 347.3 (20th) 301.6 (5th)
Scoring 26.8 (28th) 15.9 (2nd)
3rd Downs Allowed 38% (17th) 34% (4th)
Rushing 124.9 (24th) 62.2 (1st)
Rushing TDs 13 (t-25th) 4 (t-1st)
20-Yard Runs 16 (32nd) 1 (1st)
Passing 222.4 (15th) 239.3 (24th)
Passing TDs 18 (t-14th) 13 (5th)
Sacks 14 (32nd) 36 (t-1st)
QB Rating 83.0 (16th) 79.1 (9th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 37 (t-17th) 29 (t-3rd)
Interceptions 14 (t-10th) 14 (t-10th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 22.2 (18th) 25.3 (6th)
Punt Return 5.7 (32nd) 7.9 (22nd)
Punting (Net) 38.8 (10th) 38.5 (13th)
Punts Inside the 20 23 (5th) 17 (t-21st)

2010 STATISTICAL INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS

Carson Palmer Stat Ranking
Quarterback Rating 80.1 21st
Yards Passing 3,009 9th
Touchdowns 20 t-9th
First Downs 159 5th
Average Yards/Att 6.5 26th
Completions 280 t-3rd
Interceptions 15 t-25th
Times Sacked 23 t-18th
     
Cedric Benson Stat Ranking
Yards Rushing 837 14th
Attempts / Game 19.8 6th
Touchdowns 6 t-12th
First Downs 46 10th
     
Chad Ochocinco Stat Ranking
Receptions 59 19th
Yards Receiving 724 22nd
Touchdowns 4 t-37th
20-yard receptions 7 t-52nd
First Downs 42 t-10th
     
Terrell Owens Stat Ranking
Receptions 71 t-4th
Yards Receiving 961 5th
Touchdowns 9 t-5th
20-yard receptions 14 t-10th
First Downs 46 6th

CAREER AGAINST THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Carson Palmer

Date Result Comp Att Yards TDs INTs
11.8.09 L, 21-27 22 36 248 2 1
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
11.8.2009 1 15 0
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
11.8.2009 10 141 2
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
11.8.2009 18 54 1
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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