STEELERS vs BENGALS PREVIEW
CINCINNATI (9-4) at PITTSBURGH (5-8)
OPENING LINE: Bengals by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD: Cincinnati 8-4-1, Pittsburgh 6-7
SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 53-34
LAST MEETING: Bengals beat Steelers 20-10, Sept. 16, 2013
LAST WEEK: Bengals beat Colts 42-28; Steelers lost to Dolphins 34-28
AP PRO32 RANKING: Bengals No. 8, Steelers No. 20
BENGALS OFFENSE: Overall (10), rush (14), pass (12)
BENGALS DEFENSE: Overall (8), rush (5), pass (8)
STEELERS OFFENSE: Overall (16), rush (31), pass (7)
STEELERS DEFENSE: Overall (12), rush (24), pass (7)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Bengals have won last two meetings, including 13-10 win at Heinz Field last December. ... Steelers haven’t dropped three straight to Bengals since losing six in row (1988-90). ... Pittsburgh is just 7-5 against Bengals at home since 2001. ... Cincinnati can clinch AFC North with win and Baltimore loss. Bengals earn third straight playoff berth with win and Miami loss. ... Bengals are 1-7 on road all-time on Sunday night. ... Cincinnati is third in NFL in red-zone touchdown percentage (69.4 percent). ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton is one of two QBs in NFL history with more than 3,000 yards passing in first three seasons. ... Cincinnati has blocked three kicks this season, most since 1991. ...
Steelers have lost two straight. Pittsburgh would be eliminated from playoff contention with loss and win by either Miami or Baltimore. ... Steelers WR Antonio Brown is second player in team history with 90 receptions in season. Hines Ward did it four times. ... Pittsburgh LB Jason Worilds has career-high seven sacks. ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger’s 3,724 yards passing most by Steeler through 13 games in team history. ... Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell needs 64 yards from scrimmage to become third rookie in team history with 1,000 yards from scrimmage.