Primer: Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
Series Leader: Steelers, 49-32
Streak: Steelers have won seven of the past nine
Coaches vs. Opponent: Tomlin: 6-2. Lewis: 5-12
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 91 (Pit.), 82 (Cin.). XM: 229 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Behind The Steel Curtain | SB Nation Game Coverage 
NFL.com: Game Center 
Weather: Sunny to partly cloudy and 59 degrees at kickoff [Weather Underground
Uniform: Black

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • With a win the Bengals can tie for the second-longest single-season winning streak in franchise history (6 in '73, '75 and '88).
  • Quarterback Andy Dalton has 12 touchdown passes, most by a rookie quarterback during team's first eight games since the merger in 1970.
  • Dalton looks to become the first rookie quarterback with six straight wins since Vince Young in 2006.
  • Dalton needs 159 yards passing to surpass Greg Cook for most passing yards by a rookie in club history.
  • Cedric Benson is averaging 81 yards rushing per game in the past three Novembers.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green leads all NFL rookies in receptions (40), yards receiving (599) and touchdown receptions (five).
  • Andre Caldwell recorded his second touchdown reception of the season last week against the titans.
  • Wide receiver Jerome Simpson looks to record a touchdown in his third straight game.
  • Defense has recorded nine forced fumbles this season, second-most in the NFL behind Baltimore (10).

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • With a win this weekend, Mike Tomlin can join Chuck Noll (193), Bill Cowher (149) and Raymond "Buddy" Park (51) as the fourth head coach in franchise history to reach 50 regular season wins.
  • Steelers have won eight of the past nine games in Cincinnati.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is 6-1 at Cincinnati with 10 touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 98.7.
  • Running back Rashard Mendenhall posted 99 yards rushing with a touchdown in his previous game against the Bengals.
  • Mendenhall needs one rushing touchdown to become the eighth player in franchise history with at least 25 rushing touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Mike Wallace looks to record his third straight 100 yards receiving in a game in Cincinnati.
  • Wide receiver Antonio Brown has posted 100 yards receiving or more in two of the past three games.
  • Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (48) needs two sacks to become sixth player in franchise history with 50 career quarterback sacks.
  • James Harrison has posted three quarterback sacks in his previous games against the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • Safety Troy Polamalu tied a career-best two interceptions in the last meeting against Cincinnati, including a 45-yard touchdown return.

TEAM RANKINGS (2011)

Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 316.2 (22nd) 389.1 (9th)
Scoring 24.4 (14th) 21.8 (19th)
Third Downs 37% (t-18th) 52% (3rd)
Rushing 104.1 (21st) 110.3 (19th)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-23rd) 5 (t-17th)
20-Yard Runs 2 (t-30th) 4 (t-22nd)
Passing 212.1 (21st) 278.8 (8th)
Passing TDs 13 (t-10th) 15 (t-5th)
Sacks Allowed 13 (5th) 26 (28th)
20-yard Passes 26 (t-14th) 35 (t-5th)
     
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 301.2 (4th) 280.2 (3rd)
Scoring 17.5 (4th) 18 (5th)
3rd Downs Allowed 35% (8th) 42% (25th)
Rushing 84.5 (2nd) 95.6 (6th)
Rushing TDs 6 (t-12th) 6 (t-12th)
20-Yard Runs 4 (t-7th) 5 (t-10th)
Passing 216.8 (10th) 184.7 (3rd)
Passing TDs 8 (t-3rd) 11 (t-13th)
Sacks 20 (t-11th) 23 (7th)
QB Rating 83.1 (14th) 84.0 (17th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 22 (9th) 19 (t-3rd)
Interceptions 3 (30th) 2 (t-31st)
     
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 23.0 (t-16th) 28.1 (4th)
Punt Return 12.2 (7th) 11.3 (9th)
Punting (Net) 39.5 (t-11th) 38.4 (t-18th)
Punts Inside the 20 14 (t-5th) 9 (t-25th)

CAREER AGAINST THE STEELERS

Andy Dalton

Date Cmp Att Yrds TD INT Rating
N/A            

Bruce Gradkowski

Date Cmp Att Yrds TD INT Rating
11.21.2010 13 24 98 0 1 46.9
12.6.2009 20 33 308 3 0 121.8
12.28.2008 5 16 18 0 2 1.0
12.3.2006 20 34 175 0 3 35.8

Cedric Benson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
12.12.2010 8 19 0
11.8.2010 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

Jerome Simpson

Date Rec Yards TDs
10.19.2008 1 2 0

A.J. Green

Date Rec Yards TDs
N/A      

Andre Caldwell

Date Rec Yards TDs
11.15.2009 4 23 0
9.27.2009 6 52 1
11.20.2008 3 26 0

Jermaine Gresham

Date Rec Yards TDs
11.8.2010 2 11 0
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