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NFL Week 15 Primer: Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1)

The Steelers travel to the Queen City for the second leg of this (recently) always-interesting AFC North rivalry.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off of a two game win streak, the Cincinnati Bengals will be looking to spoil the Steelers’ playoff hopes while keeping their own slim chances alive. With A.J. Green scheduled to come back to practice this week, the team may be seeing an influx of talent with their All-Pro receiver. If there was ever a point this season that the Bengals could beat Pittsburgh, this might be their best chance. With Vontaze Burfict on a roll, Tyler Boyd blossoming into an integral part of the lineup, and the defense playing well, now is as good of a time as ever to play the Steelers.

Game: Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1)

Date/Time: Sunday, December 18th, 2016 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Series Leader: Steelers, 59-35-0 (2-0-0 in the postseason)

Streak: The Steelers have won the last three meetings.

Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (8-21), Mike Tomlin (15-5)

TV Broadcast: CBS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (Pit), 81 (Cin). XM: 385 (Pit), 225 (Cin).

Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

SIRIUS: 126 (Pit), 81 (Cin). XM: 385 (Pit), 225 (Cin).

Steelers SB Nation: Behind The Steel Curtain (@BTSteelCurtain)

Weather: 20 degrees with a chance of snow [Weather Underground]

Odds: Steelers, -3 (Odds Shark)

Referee: Bill Vinovich

Uniform: Black jerseys, white pants (the team is 31-30-1 in this combination since 2004).


Cincinnati Bengals

  • Andy Dalton has thrown for five touchdowns against zero interceptions in his last three games. He is also ranked second in the AFC with 3,555 passing yards.
  • Since 2015, Jeremy Hill ranks second in the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 19 touchdowns.
  • Tyler Eifert has four touchdowns receptions in his last three games and leads all tight ends in touchdowns since 2015 with 18.
  • Rookie Tyler Boyd ranks fourth among all rookies with 48 catches and fifth in receiving yardage with 526.
  • In his past six games, Vontaze Burfict has 63 tackles, five passes defended, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
  • Carlos Dunlap leads the Bengals with seven sacks this season.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins had 2 sacks last week. Since 2010, he leads NFL defensive tackles with 49.5 sacks.
  • Linebacker Karlos Dansby led the Bengals with 12 tackles and had sack last week.
  • Cornerback Adam Jones had an interception and 2 passes defensed in the last meeting with the Steelers.
  • Safety George Iloka had an interception last week and has 3 this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had 259 pass yards and three touchdowns in his last game against the Bengals in Week 2.
  • Le’veon Bell rushed for a team record 236 yards and three touchdowns last week. He also had 62 receiving yards.
  • Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 93 receiving and ranks second with 11 touchdown catches.
  • Tight end Xavier Grimble had his first career touchdown catch in the first game against Cincinnati this season.
  • James Harrison has five sacks in his past six games and is the Steelers’ franchise leader in sacks with 79.5.
  • Artie Burns is tied for the league lead in interceptions among rookie cornerbacks with three.

Bengals vs Steelers all-time record:

Date Stadium Result
9/18/2016 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 16-24
1/9/2016 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 16-18
12/13/2015 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 20-33
11/1/2015 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 16-10
12/28/2014 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 27-17
12/7/2014 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 42-21
12/15/2013 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 30-20
9/16/2013 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 20-10
12/23/2012 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 13-10
10/21/2012 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-17
12/4/2011 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 35-7
11/13/2011 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-17
12/12/2010 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 23-7
11/8/2010 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 27-21
11/15/2009 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 18-12
9/27/2009 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 23-20
11/20/2008 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 27-10
10/19/2008 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 38-10
12/2/2007 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 24-10
10/28/2007 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-13
12/31/2006 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 23-17, OT
9/24/2006 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 28-20
01/08/2006 * Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 31-17
12/4/2005 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 38-31
10/23/2005 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 27-13
11/21/2004 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 19-14
10/3/2004 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 28-17
11/30/2003 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) W 24-20
9/21/2003 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 17-10
11/24/2002 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 29-21
10/13/2002 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 34-7
12/30/2001 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 26-23, OT
10/7/2001 Heinz Field (Pittsburgh, PA) L 16-7
11/26/2000 Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 48-28
10/15/2000 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 15-0
11/28/1999 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 27-20
10/17/1999 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) L 17-3
12/20/1998 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 25-24
10/11/1998 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) W 25-20
11/16/1997 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-3
10/19/1997 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) L 26-10
11/10/1996 Cinergy Field (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-24
10/13/1996 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-10
11/19/1995 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 49-31
10/19/1995 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 27-9
12/4/1994 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 38-15
10/16/1994 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 14-10
11/7/1993 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-16
9/19/1993 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 34-7
11/29/1992 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 21-9
10/19/1992 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-0
12/15/1991 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 17-10
11/10/1991 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 33-27, OT
12/2/1990 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 16-12
11/18/1990 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 27-3
10/8/1989 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 26-16
9/17/1989 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 41-10
11/6/1988 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 42-7
9/18/1988 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 17-12
11/22/1987 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 30-16
10/25/1987 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 23-20
10/26/1986 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 30-9
10/13/1986 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 24-22
10/27/1985 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 26-21
9/30/1985 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 37-24
11/11/1984 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 22-20
10/1/1984 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 38-17
12/4/1983 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 23-10
10/10/1983 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 24-14
9/19/1982 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 26-20, OT
12/13/1981 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 17-10
10/18/1981 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-7
10/12/1980 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) W 17-16
9/21/1980 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 30-28
12/2/1979 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 37-17
10/14/1979 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-10
11/19/1978 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 7-6
9/17/1978 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 28-3
12/10/1977 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 17-10
10/17/1977 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-14
11/28/1976 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 7-3
10/17/1976 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 23-6
12/13/1975 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 35-14
11/2/1975 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 30-24
12/14/1974 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 27-3
11/10/1974 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 17-10
10/28/1973 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 20-13
10/14/1973 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 19-7
11/5/1972 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 40-17
9/24/1972 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 15-10
12/12/1971 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) L 21-13
9/26/1971 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 21-10
11/22/1970 Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati, OH) W 34-7
11/2/1970 Three Rivers Stadium (Pittsburgh, PA) L 21-10

Bengals stats:

Bengals Opponents
Total First Downs 282 262
1st Downs (Rush-Pass-By Penalty) 79 - 170 - 33 77 - 162 - 23
3rd Down Conversions 68/174 69/174
4th Down Conversions 5-7 8-16
Total Offensive Yds 4824 4645
Offense (Plays-Avg Yds) 864 - 5.6 845 - 5.5
Total Rushing Yds 1490 1548
Rushing (Plays-Avg Yards) 361 - 4.1 343 - 4.5
Total Passing Yds 3334 3097
Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 302 - 467 - 6 - 7.6 302 - 477 - 15 - 6.8
Sacks 25 36
Field Goals 23/29 18/22
Touchdowns 29 31
(Rush-Pass-Ret-Def) 13 - 16 - 0 - 0 10 - 21 - 0 - 0
Time of Possession 30:38:00 30:31:00
Turnover Ratio 3

Steelers stats:

Steelers Opponents
Total First Downs 266 245
1st Downs (Rush-Pass-By Penalty) 76 - 171 - 19 66 - 151 - 28
3rd Down Conversions 72/168 65/170
4th Down Conversions 7-14 10-19
Total Offensive Yds 4862 4455
Offense (Plays-Avg Yds) 836 - 5.8 792 - 5.6
Total Rushing Yds 1467 1171
Rushing (Plays-Avg Yards) 330 - 4.4 282 - 4.2
Total Passing Yds 3395 3284
Passing (Comp-Att-Int-Avg) 312 - 490 - 12 - 7.2 306 - 479 - 10 - 7.3
Sacks 31 16
Field Goals 17/21 19/23
Touchdowns 38 29
(Rush-Pass-Ret-Def) 11 - 26 - 0 - 1 11 - 17 - 0 - 1
Time of Possession 30:50:00 29:09:00
Turnover Ratio 2