PRIMER: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Gregory Shamus

All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)
Time: 8:40 PM (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium 
Series Leader: Steelers, 52-33
Streak: Steelers have won five of the last six
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 6-15. Tomlin: 9-3
Broadcast: ESPN (8:40 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Pit.), 86 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Pit.), 86 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Behind The Steel Curtain Game Center
Weather: Partly cloud, 68 degrees at kickoff [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black


  • Bengals have won three of the past four games at home dating back to 2012.
  • Cincinnati is looking to record their third straight win against the AFC North.
  • In his past four games at home, Andy Dalton has generated nine touchdowns and only one interception for a passer rating of 104.4.
  • Since 2010, BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 31 rushing touchdowns -- 4th best in the NFL.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green ranked second in the NFL and second in the AFC with 162 yards receiving last week.
  • In his last meeting against the Steelers, Green posted 10 receptions and 116 yards receiving.
  • Linebacker Vontaze Burfict posted his first career interception last week, along with a team-high eight tackles against the Bears.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins posted three quarterback sacks and a forced fumble in his previous two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Michael Johnson has 4.5 quarterback sacks in his past five games against the STeelers.
  • James Harrison has posted 9.5 quarterback sacks in his previous seven games on Monday Night Football.
  • Cornerback Leon Hall scored on a 17-yard interception return for a touchdown.


  • The Steelers have won 10 of the past 11 games played in Cincinnati.
  • Pittsburgh is looking to record their third straight win against the Bengals on Monday Night Football.
  • Head coach Mike Tomlin is 7-1 on Monday Night Football.
  • Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with a club record 30,035 yards passing, is 13-5 (.722) as a starter against the Bengals.
  • Running back Felix Jones is averaging 9.4 yards/carry against the Bengals.
  • Wide receiver Antonio Brown has 12 receptions for 193 yards receiving (16.1 avg) with a touchdown in his past two games against the Bengals.
  • Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders tied a career-high seven receptions last week.
  • Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery needs five receptions to reach 400 for his career and 10 yards receiving for 5,000 yards.
  • Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (53) needs one quarterback sack to surpass Greg Lloyd (53.5) for the fifth-most sacks by a Steeler since '82.
  • Linebacker Lawrence Timmons posted two sacks in his last game against Cincinnati.
  • Safety Troy Polamalu has four career interceptions against the Bengals.
  • Safety Ryan Clark led the Steelers with 13 tackles last week against the Titans.
  • Cornerback Cortez Allen posted a career-high two interceptions and a forced fumble in his last game against the Bengals.
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