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Week 14 Bengals vs Steelers: By the numbers

With a win this week over the Steelers, the Bengals will set the franchise record for their best start over the first 13 games of a season.

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There is no question the biggest game of NFL Week 14 will be in Paul Brown Stadium as the red-hot Bengals play host to the surging Steelers. To get set for the big matchup, we gathered the most notable numbers and nuggets on the two teams that will help show just how good both clubs are, and who may have the edge on Sunday.

  • The Steelers offense comes into this game producing 450 total yards in four consecutive games, tying an NFL record for most consecutive 450-yard games in a single-season
  • Ben Roethlisberger is averaging 383.3 passing yards per game since losing to the Bengals in Week 8 while Pittsburgh has scored 30-plus points in four straight games for the first time in a single season in franchise history.
  • Only Kurt Warner with the Rams in 2000 has had a longer streak of passing for at least 334 yards as Ben has in four straight games coming into this week.
  • But don't sleep on the Bengals defense as they've become one of the league's best units while holding five of their past six opponents to 10 points or less.
  • In the past two weeks in wins over the Browns and St. Louis Rams, the Bengals have allowed just 10 points while forcing five turnovers.
  • Dating back to the Week 8 win in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati is allowing just 12.3 points per game and a total of 74 points with 34 of them being scored by the Cardinals in Arizona (who rank as PFF's top offense).
  • Speaking of Week 8, that was the first game Vontaze Burfict played in this year, and the Bengals are 3-2 vs the Steelers when Burfict plays while holding Pitt to just 16.8 points per game. That includes three games in which Cincinnati held Pittsburgh to 10 points.
  • In the two losses to the Steelers last year with Burfict sidelined, the Bengals allowed 34.5 points per game and are allowing 29.7 ppg in their last six meetings with Pittsburgh without Burfict.
  • In 17 career wins over the Bengals, Roethlisberger has thrown 26 touchdowns vs 10 interceptions, but has seven scores vs 14 picks in seven career losses to Cincy.
  • The Bengals now rank first in scoring defense while allowing just 16.3 points per game this season while ranking 11th in total yards allowed per game (337.5).
  • Bengals safety Reggie Nelson leads the NFL with seven interceptions to go with five career picks off Ben Roethlisberger, including two in the Week 8 win over Pittsburgh.
  • Since 2013, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL in receptions (332) and yards receiving (4,507).
  • In his past four games, Brown has 41 grabs for 592 yards receiving and five touchdowns (4 receiving, 1 punt return).
  • Brown leads the AFC with 93 receptions and needs just seven more to become the sixth player in NFL history to record 100 catches in  three straight seasons.
  • Fellow Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant has 15 touchdowns in 17 games played in, including two in three career games vs the Bengals.
  • After last week's win over the Browns, Bengals receiver A.J. Green has joined Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history to begin a career with 5+ consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
  • In his past 10 games, Green has 62 catches for 929 yards and six touchdowns, including three over his past two games.
  • Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has thrown for three-plus touchdowns in five games this season with his previous single-season high being six. That includes seven passing scores over the past three games along with a rushing score, putting him at 28 total touchdowns this year.
  • With a win Sunday, Dalton secures his 51st victory as a starter and ties Roethlisberger for third place on the list of post-merger quarterbacks with the most wins in their first five seasons, per Geoff Hobson.
  • Hobson also notes how the Bengals have a 69.2 winning percentage under head coach Marvin Lewis at home in December along with a 6-3 home mark under Dalton.
  • However, Roethlisberger has an 18-4 record in his native Ohio while also being 43-15 vs the AFC North.
  • ESPN's FPI model has the Bengals ranked as the fourth-best team with the only one AFC team being higher than them -- the New England Patriots, who are the second-ranked club. They also have the Steelers ranked sixth with this week's matchup between the two division rivals getting an 87 FPI rating, easily the highest of any Week 14 game.
  • It's also worth noting that based on the FPI model, the Bengals have four wins over top-11 FPI teams, whereas the Steelers have one, a 20-10 home win over the Cardinals.
  • With a win this week, the Bengals will set the franchise record for best start over the first 13 games of a season.
  • On offense, the Bengals enter the game with the 4th most points per game (27.8), 8th most yards per game (376.2), 12th most passing yards per game (257.9) and 9th most rushing yards per game (118.3)
  • On defense, the Bengals are allowing the least points per game (16.3), the 10th best yards per game (337.5), the 13th best passing yards per game (240.3) and rank 9th in rushing yards per game (97.2).
  • The Steelers' offense enters the game ranked 6th in points per game (25.9), 2nd in yards per game (409.1), 5th in passing yards per game (286.0) and 6th in rushing yards per game (123.1).
  • On defense, the Steelers rank 8th in points allowed per game (20.0), 22nd in yards allowed (365.8) 29th in passing yards allowed (275.5) and 6th in rushing yards allowed (90.3).