Steelers-Bengals Preview Capsule
PITTSBURGH (2-2-1) at CINCINNATI (4-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Bengals by 2 ½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Pittsburgh 2-3, Cincinnati 4-1
SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 62-35
LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Bengals 23-20, Dec. 4, 2017
LAST WEEK — Steelers beat Falcons 41-17; Bengals beat Dolphins 27-17
AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 12, Bengals No. 5
STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (27), PASS (4).
STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (29), RUSH (15t), PASS (29).
BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (23), PASS (15).
BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (23), PASS (21).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers won last six in series, nine of 10 and 14 of 17. Bengals are 8-24 vs. Steelers under coach Marvin Lewis, including 2-15 at Paul Brown Stadium. ... Steelers overcame 17-0 deficit to win last meeting in Cincinnati. Ryan Shazier hurt spinal cord in game. Teams combined for four penalties for unnecessary roughness, one for unsportsmanlike conduct, one for taunting, one for roughing the passer, and two 15-yard penalties for grabbing facemask. Cincinnati set club record with 173 yards in penalties. ... QB Ben Roethlisberger is 24-4-1 in his native Ohio, including postseason. He's 13-2 at Paul Brown Stadium with 23 TDs, 10 INTs. ... Roethlisberger has three games with three TDs, tied for most in NFL. ... RB James Conner ran for 110 yards and two TDs, had four catches for 75 yards in win over Atlanta. He joined Jim Brown as only players with two games in first five of season that included 100 yards rushing, 50 receiving and two TDs rushing. ... LB T.J. Watt had three sacks vs. Falcons, is tied with brother DE J.J. Watt and Bengals DT Geno Atkins for NFL lead with six sacks. ...WR Antonio Brown coming off first 100-yard game of season. Brown averaging 10.7 yards per catch, well below career average of 13.4 yards. ... K Chris Boswell struggling after reaching Pro Bowl last season. Boswell just 3 for 6 on field goals and 14 of 17 on extra points. ... Steelers ranked 29th in defense through five weeks. Team has finished worse than 20th in yards allowed just once since 1991 (21st in 2015). ... DE Michael Johnson had 22-yard INT return for TD and DE Sam Hubbard had 19-yard fumble return for TD in win over Dolphins, first time two Bengals defensive linemen scored in same game. Bengals' defense has three returns for TDs. ... Bengals overcame 17-point deficit for eighth time in club history to beat Dolphins. ... QB Andy Dalton is 3-11 vs. Steelers with 17 TDs, 13 INTs. ... Dalton needs 171 yards passing to move ahead of Boomer Esiason for second on team career list. ... WR A.J. Green has 62 receiving TDs, one shy of Carl Pickens for second on team list. ... Fantasy tip: Conner looking for another big game against defense that has trouble covering multipurpose back. Miami's Kenyan Drake had seven catches for 69 yards, including 22-yard TD, to go along with six runs for 46 yards.
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