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All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-3)
Time: 8:20 PM (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Steelers, 51-32
Streak: Steelers have won 12 of the past 16
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 14-5. Tomlin: 5-14
Broadcast: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Dial Global Radio: Dave Sims, James Lofton, Steve Tasker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 94 (DGR), 92 (Pit.), 93 (Cin.). XM: 227 (DGR), 225 (Pit.), 226 (Cin.).
SB Nation: Behind the Steel Curtain
NFL.com: Game Center
Weather: Partly cloud and 59 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Orange

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton posted a career-best 381 yards passing last week.
  • Dalton ranks second in the AFC with a 113.5 fourth-quarter passer rating (Peyton Manning, 118.4).
  • Since 2010 Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is tied for second in the NFL with 26 rushing touchdowns.
  • Cedric Peerman posted a career high in receptions (8) and yards receiving (76) last week.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green posted a career-high two receiving touchdowns and looks to continue his consecutive games with a touchdown streak to six.
  • Green posted his seventh career 100-yard receiving game last week.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham generated a career-high 68 yards receiving, including a 55-yard touchdown reception.
  • Gresham is tied for third among all tight ends in the AFC with 25 receptions.
  • Defense ranks second in the NFL and first in the AFC with 20 quarterback sacks.
  • Defensive end Michael Johnson recorded his second interception of his career last week. Needs only 1.5 quarterback sacks to surpass a career-high of six.
  • Cornerback Leon Hall posted an interception in his last game against the Steelers.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Steelers have won five straight against the Bengals.
  • Ohio native, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is 14-2 in Ohio (7-1 at Cincinnati; 7-1 at Cleveland).
  • Roethlisberger (28,066) surpassed Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw (27,989) for most yards passing in franchise history. Currently averaging 330.7 yards passing per game on the road in 2012, second-best in the NFL (Drew Brees, 385.5).
  • Running back Rashard Mendenhall tied a career-best two rushing touchdowns against Cincinnati on November 13, 2011 and December 4, 2011.
  • Running back Isaac Redman (105) became the first STeelers running back with 100-yard receiving in a game since Frenchy Fuqua (116) on November 29, 1970 against Tennessee.
  • Wide receiver Mike Wallace tied a career-best two touchdowns in his last game against the Bengals.
  • Linebacker LaMarr Woodley has eight career sacks against the Bengals, most against any team.
  • Linebacker James Harrison (59) needs 1.5 sacks to surpass Keith Willis (59) and Joey Porter (60) for second-most sacks in franchise history.
  • Punt returner Antonio Brown posted a 60-yard punt return for touchdown in his last game against the Bengals.

TEAM RANKINGS

Offense Bengals Steelers
Total 382.2 (10th) 360.6 (16th)
Scoring 24.8 (13th) 23.2 (17th)
Third Downs 27% (32nd) 52% (1st)
Rushing 99.3 (21st) 74.8 (31st)
Rushing TDs 3 (t-19th) 2 (t-21st)
20-Yard Runs 3 (t-16th) 0 (t-Last)
Passing 282.8 (8th) 285.8 (7th)
Passing TDs 13 (5th) 10 (t-8th)
Sacks Allowed 17 (t-26th) 10 (t-7th)
20-yard Passes 21 (t-8th) 16 (t-21st)
Defense Bengals Steelers
Total 344.8 (15th) 295.8 (5th)
Scoring 27.2 (22nd) 23.0 (t-17th)
3rd Downs Allowed 34% (9th) 49% (31st)
Rushing 116.8 (21st) 95.0 (10th)
Rushing TDs 8 (t-29th) 3 (t-9th)
20-Yard Runs 2 (t-4th) 2 (t-4th)
Passing 228.0 (17th) 200.8 (4th)
Passing TDs 8 (t-17th) 9 (t-19th)
Sacks 20 (2nd) 11 (t-20th)
QB Rating 99.6 (26th) 93.8 (21st)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 22 (t-24th) 10 (t-1st)
Interceptions 2 (t-28th) 2 (t-28th)
Special Teams Bengals Steelers
Kickoff Return 22.4 (21st) 27.0 (9th)
Punt Return 13.8 (4th) 8.4 (18th)
Punting (Net) 39.7 (16th) 37.3 (27th)
Punts Inside the 20 13 (t-3rd) 8 (t-21st)

CAREER AGAINST THE STEELERS

Andy Dalton

Date Cmp Att Yrds TD INT Rating
12.4.2011 11 24 135 1 0 77.6
11.13.2011 15 30 170 2 2 61.8

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

BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Date Rushes Yards TDs
10.30.2011 5 9 0
11.14.2010 18 87 0
11.30.2008 2 3 0

A.J. Green

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.4.2011 6 87 1
11.13.2011 1 36 1

Jermaine Gresham

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.4.2011 3 37 0
11.13.2011 4 23 1
11.8.2010 2 11 0

Brandon Tate

DATE REC YRD TD KOR KOR YRD PR PR YRD ST TD
12.4.2011 0 0 0 4 103 5 54 0
11.13.2011 0 0 0 2 56 4 48 0
11.14.2010 2 50 0 3 67 0 0 0

Andrew Hawkins

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.4.2011 1 8 0
11.13.2011 5 56 0