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Bengals primer against the Pittsburgh Steelers

Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)

Series Leader: Steelers, 43-30
Streak: Steelers, 4 of the past 6
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 3-6. Tomlin: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Dick Enberg, Randy Cross. SIRIUS: 122 (Pit.), 126 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain


  • When Carson Palmer throws for three touchdowns or more, the Bengals are 11-2. Eleven of his 13 touchdowns this season have either gone to T.J. Houshmandzadeh (8 TDs) or Chad Johnson (3 TDs)
  • In his last three meetings against Pittsburgh, Palmer has 11 touchdowns against two interceptions.
  • The Bengals are 15-4 when Rudi Johnson rushes for 100 yards or more.
  • In three games as a starter, Kenny Watson is averaging 84.3 yards per game this season.
  • With a receiving touchdown Sunday, T.J. Houshmandzadeh will have caught at least one touchdown in seven straight games.
  • Chad leads the NFL with 113.3 yards per game with 80+ yards receiving in five of six games.
  • Bengals are 20-4 when recording two or more interceptions.
  • Johnathan Joseph's interception last week against the Jets was the first of his career.
  • Leon Hall leads all AFC rookies with two picks.


  • Steelers look to win their sixth straight game in Cincinnati.
  • Ben Roethlisberger is undefeated (8-0) when playing in his home state of Ohio.
  • Steelers are 16-1 when Willie Parker rushes for 100 yards or more. Parker averages 117.2 rushing yards per game against the Bengals in four career starts.
  • Hines Ward has nine touchdowns in his career against the Bengals -- most against any opponent.
  • Since 2004, when the Steelers record three sacks in a game, they are 20-6.
  • Steelers are 7-2 when Troy Polamalu records a pick.
Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 371.7 (4th) 356.3 (6th)
Passing 273.7 (2nd) 197.3 (23rd)
Rushing 98.0 (21st) 159.0 (2nd)
Scoring 27.3 (5th) 26.7 (7th)
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 384.7 (29th) 250.3 (1st)
Passing 249.2 (28th) 174.8 (3rd)
Rushing 135.5 (27th) 75.5 (3rd)
Scoring 31.2 (29th) 13.0 (1st)
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 22.1 (t-24th) 26.2 (10th)
Punt Return 4.2 (31st) 5.0 (30th)