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Bengals/Steelers primer

Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will call the game this Sunday. Here are a few notes and stats...

  • Steelers lead the series, 42-29 and have won three of the past four meetings.
  • The last time the two teams met, the Bengals scored five touchdowns (three from Palmer, two from Rudi).
BENGALS
  • Bengals have won 8 of their past 10 on the road.
  • Palmer's three touchdowns in his last game at Pittsburgh is tied for the most at Pittsburgh since Troy Aikman threw four on August 31st, 1997.
  • Rudi Johnson has rushed for 97 yards or more in five straight AFC North contents.
  • Rudi needs 16 rush attempts to become 4th player in club history with 1,000.
  • Rudi has rushed for a touchdown in eight of the past 10 games.
  • In his past seven games vs. Pittsburgh, Chad Johnson has 35 receptions for a 17.9 yards-per-catch average. Chad has caught at least one pass of 30 yards or more in five of the past seven.
  • In his past five games against Pittsburgh, Justin Smith has three sacks, a forced fumble and pass deflection.
  • As a club, the Bengals have registered 10 sacks in the past three games vs. Pittsburgh.
  • In two career games, Madieu Williams recorded 11 tackles and a fumble recovery in one game (10/3/04) and seven tackles with a sack in the other (11/21/04).
STEELERS
  • The Steelers have won 26 of their past 32 games.
  • Bill Cowher is 20-8 vs. Cincinnati (most wins versus any team).
  • Ben Roethlisberger is 8-1 as a starter vs. the AFC North (only loss was last regular season game against Cincinnati). In those nine starts, Big Ben has completed 68.1% of his passes with a 99.5 passer rating.
  • In two career starts, Willie Parker is averaging 101.0 yards per game against the Bengals.
  • Of the past 11 seasons, the Steelers have ranked in the top-ten in ten of those seasons.
  • Hines Ward has at least 8+ receptions with 334 receiving yards and three touchdowns in his last three home games against AFC North teams.