PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 04: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates with the fans after returning a 60 yard punt for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half during the game on December 4, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Bengals Vs. Steelers: Pittsburgh Dominates Division Rival Cincinnati For 35-7 Win

Both Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall scored two touchdowns apiece, as the Steelers cruised to an easy win and improved to 9-3.

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NFL Playoff Scenarios: Steelers Locked Into Wild Card Spot, But Face Uphill Battle In AFC North

Here's a look at the AFC playoff picture. With four regular-season games left, the Steelers are in great shape to go to the playoffs as a Wild Card team, although they'll need some help to overtake the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North championship.

AFC East

Patriots 9-3
Jets 7-5

AFC North

Ravens 9-3
Steelers 9-3

AFC South

Texans 9-3
Titans 7-5

AFC West

Broncos 7-5
Raiders 7-5

Wild Card

Steelers 9-3
Bengals 7-5
Titans 7-5
Raiders 7-5
Jets 7-5

It's too early to start dealing with tiebreakers for all the 7-5 teams, since there are still four games left to play. The big question, for Steelers fans, is whether Pittsburgh can overtake Baltimore for the AFC North crown (the two teams have the same record, but the Ravens beat the Steelers twice and therefore have a tiebreaker) and skip the first week of the playoffs altogether.

It'll be tough. The Steelers have a fairly easy remaining schedule, but they do have a tough game against the 49ers coming up in two weeks. The Ravens, meanwhile, have the Colts, Chargers, Browns and Bengals. While the Bengals have made huge steps this year, they haven't proven they can hang with the AFC North elite yet. So the Steelers will probably have to run the table on their remaining games and also get some unlikely help from one of the Ravens' remaining opponents.

In the NFC, the Packers, 49ers and Saints look like they'll cruise to their division titles. That leaves the Cowboys and Giants to fight it out in a mediocre NFC East, with the Falcons, Bears, Lions and the NFC East loser to contend for Wild Card spots.

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Bengals Vs. Steelers: Antonio Brown And James Harrison Shine In Pittsburgh's Impressive Win

The Pittsburgh Steelers' 35-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals was a total team effort, but two men stood out.

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Ben Roethlisberger Week 13 Fantasy Update: Pittsburgh Quarterback Throws For Two Touchdowns In Win Over Cincinnati

With a broken thumb on his throwing hand, Ben Roethlisberger led the Pittsburgh Steelers to their ninth win of the season with a 35-7 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Roethlisberger finished the day with the two touchdowns, both to Mike Wallace, and no interceptions. He completed 15 of 23 attempts for 176 yards, as the Steelers built a big lead in the first half and tried to move the clock for much of the second half.

Wallace gave Big Ben fantasy owners a huge assist on the second touchdown, as he took a quick screen and burst through the Bengals defense breaking several tackles for the touchdown. It was a 19 yard TD pass, but almost all 19 yards came after the catch on a great individual effort by Wallace.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Rashard Mendenhall Week 13 Fantasy Update: Steelers Running Back Scores Two TDs Against Cincinnati

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall had one of his best games of the season on Sunday, pacing Pittsburgh to a 35-7 blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Mendenhall, along with teammate Mike Wallace, finished with two touchdowns. The Steelers running back punched in the game's first two scores, separated by just two and half minutes to spot Pittsburgh a 14-0 lead. It was Mendenhall's second multi-touchdown game of the season, with the other coming against the same Bengals team just three weeks ago.

Mendenhall finished the day with 60 total yards on 16 carries, but his two scores boosted his fantasy productivity.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Heath Miller Week 13 Fantasy Update: Steelers Tight End Has Quiet Day Against Cincinnati

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller had a quiet day on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Miller finished with only two catches for 12 yards, as the Steelers built a big first half lead and salted the game away for most of the second half. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who loves to go to his productive tight end, targeted Miller only three times on the day.

Pittsburgh now turns around on a short week and will face the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. Surprisingly, Cleveland has the top ranked pass defense in the league and could present a challenge for Big Ben and Miller, as well as their fantasy owners.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Mike Wallace Week 13 Fantasy Update: Steelers Wide Receiver Scores Two Touchdowns In Blowout Win

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace scored his first touchdown in three games on a Sunday afternoon that saw Pittsburgh crush its division rival Cincinnati. For good measure, Wallace added a second touchdown in the second half, bringing a smile to the face of his fantasy owners everywhere.

Wallace finished with only three catches for 38 yards, but he sure made those catches count. His second touchdown was a dynamic 19 yard run after the catch, darting his way through the entire Cincinnati defense to give Pittsburgh a 35-7 lead. Wallace was targeted only 5 times, as Pittsburgh built the big lead and spun the clock down for most of the second half.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals: Pittsburgh Dominates Division Rival For 35-7 Win

One week after a close road win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a statement on Sunday afternoon at Heinz field, dominating division rival Cincinnati for a 28 point win. The Steelers improved to 9-3 while the Bengals fell to 7-5.

Three touchdowns in a four minute and fourteen second span in the first half effectively sealed the win early, as the Steeler defense controlled Andy Dalton and the Bengal offense all afternoon. Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace both found the end zone two times. Antonio Brown scored Pittsburgh's fifth touchdown on special teams, taking a punt return back 70 yards untouched for a 28-7 lead with a minute remaining in the first half

Wallace's second touchdown would add to the lead in the second half, but Pittsburgh spent much of the final 30 minutes controlling the ball and salting the game away for the convincing win.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals Score Update: Mike Wallace's Second Touchdown Puts Pittsburgh Up 35-7

In a fast moving third quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to extend their lead to 28 points over the Cincinnati Bengals. Mike Wallace scored the Steelers fifth touchdown of the day, as Ben Roethlisberger hit him for the 19 yard score. Wallace did all the work, however, as nearly all of those 19 yards came after the catch. He weaved his way through traffic and broke tackle after tackle to break the plane before being knocked down.

Wallace has only three catches for 38 yards, but two of those are for touchdowns as the wideout has gladly gotten in on a beating the Steelers are giving their division rival. Pittsburgh heads to the fourth quarter just looking to avoid any serious injuries at this point, as their defense has bottled up Andy Dalton and the Bengals all day.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals Score Update: Antonio Brown Punt Return Gives Pittsburgh 28-7 Halftime Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers took a 28-7 lead with a minute remaining in the first half on Sunday. Antonio Brown scored the fourth touchdown of the half on a 60 yard punt return. Brown put on a stutter step move and then burst to the right sideline, easily beating the punter as he went untouched into the end zone for an easy score. Video of the punt return below:

In the second quarter, the Bengals finally got on the board with just over four minutes remaining in the half. Rookie Andy Dalton connected with fellow rookie A.J. Green in the back of the end zone. Dalton stepped to his left, and Green adjusted moving with him and finding a open seam in the back of the end zone for the 11 yard score. It cut the Steelers lead to two touchdowns, but Brown responded with the final minute punt return.

Cincinnati has won four games this season where they have trailed at the half, but the 21 point Pittsburgh lead has the Steelers firmly in control after the first thirty minutes at Heinz Field.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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LaMarr Woodley Injury Update: Steelers Linebacker Re-injures Hamstring, Out For The Day

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley re-injued his hamstring in the first half Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Woodley's return was initially ruled as questionable, but as the half came to a close, word came down that the Steelers were going to shut him down for the rest of the day. Pittsburgh is already without linebacker Larry Foote, who is also dealing with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, who has been dealing with a calf injury and was inactive last week, is playing.

ESPN's John Clayton delivered the bad news via Twitter.

LaMarr Woodley reinjures hamstring. Return questionable.

Woodley was inactive last week against the Chiefs because of the nagging injury. All week, it was expected that he would give it a go against the Bengals but unfortunately his return was short lived.

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Bengals Vs. Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall Touchdown, Bengals Fumble Result In 21-0 Score For Steelers

After scoring early in the second quarter, Rashard Mendenhall scored yet another touchdown just a few minutes later. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, it’s 14-0 Steelers.

The touchdown was set up by a key pass interference call against the Bengals on a deep ball from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace.

On the touchdown, Mendenhall took a toss and headed to the right, then cut back and made it into the end zone.

On the ensuing kickoff, Stevenson Sylvester, swiped at Brandon Tate’s arm, and Tate dropped the ball. There was a big pileup – one of those situations where the hapless refs have to peel away one huge dude after another – and Emmanuel Sanders was at the bottom of the pile with the ball, so the Steelers got the ball back with great field position. The Steelers quickly scored again on a touchdown pass to Wallace. It’s 21-0.

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Bengals Vs. Steelers Score Update: Antonio Brown's Big Catch Leads To Steelers Touchdown

The Steelers couldn’t get much going offensively early on, but near the end of the first quarter, Ben Roethlisberger snuck out of the pocket and found Antonio Brown 10 yards or so downfield. Brown caught it and found a ton of running room, leading to a 45-yard gain. Isaac Redman and the Steelers got down inside the Bengals’ 10 yard line, and then punched it in with a short run by Rashard Mendenhall.

Early in the second quarter, then, it’s 7-0 Steelers, even though the Bengals have actually played pretty well so far. The Bengals’ inability to score after the bomb from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green put them in great position was big – not only could the Bengals not get a touchdown, but Cameron Heyward’s blocked field goal kept them from getting any points at all. The Steelers got the job done, and as a result, they’re in good shape.

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Bengals Vs. Steelers Score: Cameron Heyward Blocks Field Goal In First Quarter

The Steelers began their game against the Bengals on Sunday with a three-and-out, and the Bengals took over. They had what looked like a successful first drive, keyed by a big play by rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green – a fake reverse briefly stymied the Steelers, and Dalton threw a 43-yard bomb to the speedy Green.

That set the Bengals up in the red zone, but they couldn’t get the job done – a passing touchdown was called back on a penalty, and the Bengals had to attempt a field goal. They made their first one, but that was also called back on a penalty, this time for delay of game. The Bengals’ next attempt was blocked by 2011 Steelers first-round pick Cameron Heyward, and the Steelers took over at their own 18 yard line. There’s now about 10 minutes left in the first quarter.

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Mike Wallace Fantasy Projection: Steelers Wide Receiver Projected To Have Big Day Against Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is projected to have a productive day at home today against the Cincinnati Bengals. Fantasy projection experts at numberFire.com project Wallace with 10.28 fantasy points agains the Bengals. Cincinnati will be without cornerback Nate Clements, who was deactivated on Sunday morning.

Wallace's quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, is dealing with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, which seemed to affect the passing offense last week against Kansas City. But the projections still call for Wallace to have a top five fantasy day among wide receivers. He had six catches for 54 yards just two weeks ago in the Steelers Week 11 win over the Bengals.

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Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy Projection: Steelers Quarterback Projected To Have Top Ten Day

The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is coming off a sluggish Sunday night performance in Kansas City against the Chiefs, but numberFire.com still projects Ben Roethlisberger to have a top ten fantasy day among quarterbacks. They currently project Big Ben with 15.20 fantasy points against the Bengals at home on Sunday.

Just two weeks ago in the Steelers win over Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium, Roethlisberger threw for a game high 245 yards and one touchdown. With a broken thumb on his throwing hand, Ben threw for 191 yards last week at Arrowhead in an unexpectedly competitive and close game. The Steelers quarterback will look to improve on those numbers against the Bengals today, who will be without cornerback Nate Clements in the defensive backfield.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals Injury Report: Cincinnati Cornerback Nate Clements Inactive

The Bengals have released their list of inactives as they travel to Heinz Field for a crucial late season division clash. Cincinnati will be missing some key contributors on the defensive side of the ball, most notably at cornerback with Nate Clements inactive. Kelly Jennings will start in place of Clements.

The Bengals did receive some good news in the defensive backfield as safety Chris Crocker is active and expected to play today. The Bengals will also be without defensive end Carlos Dunlap and defensive tackle Pat Sims. The full list of Bengals inactives is below.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Cincinnati, please visit Cincy Jungle, SB Nation's Bengals blog. For coverage of Sunday's Bengals vs. Steelers matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

 

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Steelers Vs. Bengals Injury Report: Larry Foote Inactive, Troy Polamalu And LaMarr Woodley Set To Play

The Pittsburgh Steelers injury report has been released for their Sunday afternoon home clash against division rival Cincinnati. As expected, safety Troy Polamalu is active, in addition to LaMarr Woodley - a huge boost for the Steelers on the defensive side of the ball.

Linebacker Larry Foote is inactive today, as he deals with a hamstring issue. The full list of Steelers' inactives is below, via the Steelers twitter account.

Inactives: QB Dixon, ILB Foote, OLB Carter, DE Woods, T Meredith, NT Hoke, WR Battle
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Bengals Vs. Steelers: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) and Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) battle for the second time in three weeks, with playoff implications once again on the line.

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NFL Schedule, Week 13: Bengals Vs. Steelers, Ravens Vs. Browns, Packers Vs. Giants, And More

Here's a look at the NFL schedule for Week 13. The Steelers will host the Bengals at 1:00 on Sunday on CBS in a game that should have playoff implications for both teams. Also at the 1:00 hour, CBS has Chiefs vs. Bears, Jets vs. Redskins, Titans vs. Bills, Raiders vs. Dolphins, and, in a game that features the biggest point spread of any matchup this year, Colts vs. Patriots.

At the same time, FOX has Falcons vs. Texans, Panthers vs. Bucs, and Broncos vs. Vikings

At 4:05 PM, Steelers fans will surely want to tune into the Ravens visiting the Browns (CBS). At 4:15, FOX has Packers vs. Giants, Rams vs. 49ers and Cowboys vs. Cardinals.

The Sunday-night game (8:20 PM, NBC) features the Lions and the Saints. On Monday night (8:30 PM, ESPN), the Jaguars host the Chargers.

The Seahawks beat the Eagles in the first game of the week, on Thursday.

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Fantasy Football Week 13 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Look For Ben Roethlisberger To Have Big Day

For the second time in three weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) will take on the Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) in an AFC North clash. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 24-17 on November 13 in Cincinnati. The Steelers 8-3 mark places them not only in a tie for first in the division with Baltimore, but also a tie for the overall top AFC seed with New England and Houston.

Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger  was 21 of 33 for 245 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals less than a month ago, and the fantasy projection site numberFire.com expects a good Sunday afternoon for Big Ben. He is ranked as the 12th best play overall this weekend, with these projected stats: 20.68/32.86, 242.81 yds, 1.70 TDs, 0.94 INTs for 15.20 pts

Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall might also be in line for a big game. He gained just 44 yards in the previous matchup with the Bengals, but did get in to the endzone twice. After being held to just two catches and 17 yards against the Chiefs last week, you can also expect Mike Wallace to easily trump those numbers and excel as Roethlisberger shines.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Bengals there's Cincy Jungle. For more on this game, stick to this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals: Facts And Figures For AFC Wild Card Contenders Heading Into Their Pivotal Week 13 Tilt

 

Week 13 couldn't be any bigger for the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals (7-4). The winner stays hot on the heels of the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North standings, and remains in great shape to at least secure a wild card berth. For obvious reasons, the game could be considered more important for the Bengals than the Steelers, but one should expect the two squads' to play as if their season was hanging in the balance.

With that in mind, here's a few facts, figures and trends for both teams leading up to their Week 13 matchup.

STEELERS:

  • Club has 28-9 record (.757) at Heinz Field under head coach Mike Tomlin.
  • Seek 4th consecutive win vs. Bengals.
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger is 11-4 as starter vs. Cin. In past 7, Steelers are 6-1 & Roethlisberger has 14 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 98.9 rating. Has 21-8 (.724) record in Dec.
  • RB Rashard Mendenhall has 3 rush TDs in past 3 vs. Bengals.
  • WR Mike Wallace (939) needs 61 rec. yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season (1,257 in '10). 
  • WR Antonio Brown is averaging 92 rec. yards per game in past 3 (276 total).
  • WR Jerricho Cotchery posted 1st TD of season in last game vs. Cin.
  • WR Hines Ward (11,991) needs 9 rec. yards to become 19th player in NFL history with 12,000 rec. yards.
  • Defense allows 2nd-fewest yards per game (277.5) in NFL in '11 (HOU: 268.4).
  • LB LaMarr Woodley (48) needs 2 sacks to become 6th player in franchise history with 50 career sacks. 
  • LB James Harrison has 5 sacks in past 7 vs. Cin.
  • CB Ike Taylor posted 1st INT of season last game.

 

BENGALS:

  • Club is 4-2 on road this season.
  • Rookie QB Andy Dalton has 11 TDs vs. 6 INTs & 86 passer rating on road this season. Dalton is averaging 321.5 passing yards per game in past 2 vs. AFC North opponents.. Last week, Dalton (16) surpassed Greg Cook (15 in '69) for most TD passes by rookie in club annals.
  • RB Cedric Benson registered 15th 100-yard rush game with Cin. last week & Bengals are 13-2 (.867) in such games.
  • Rookie WR A.J. Green leads NFL rookies in rec. yards (745) & TD catches (6). Green had 36-yard TD catch in only meeting vs. Pit. Posted 3rd 100-yard rec. game last week (124, 118, 110). Green (44 rec., 745 rec. yards) can challenge Cris Collinsworth (67 rec., 1,009 yards in '81) for most catches & rec. yards by rookie in club history.
  • TE Jermaine Gresham has career-best 5 TD rec. in '11. Had TD rec. in last game vs. Pit.
  • Defense is tied for 2nd in NFL with 9 FRs (Bal., 11; SF, 9).
  • DT Geno Atkins aims for 4th consecutive game with sack.
  • DE Robert Geathers has 4 sacks in past 5 vs. Pit...
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Bengals Injury Report, Week 13: Carlos Dunlap Unlikely To Suit Up For Cincinnati's Pivotal Road Test Against Steelers

By the end of Sunday afternoon's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, one of the two AFC North squads will be in fantastic shape to continue their march on towards a postseason berth. Whether either team will get the help they need from Baltimore to capture the divisional crown and a potential first round bye is yet to be determined, but the winner of the Week 13 matchup will certainly have a very comfortable inside track towards, at worst, securing a wild card spot as either the No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the AFC.

The Steelers won the first of two meetings in Week 10, 24-17, thanks in large part of the solid play of Ben Roethlisberger, and the suffocating defense played by Dick LeBeau's unit for much of the afternoon. The Bengals did record five sacks, but the number is a bit deceiving, as two or three of them were plays where Big Ben could have easily thrown the ball away. For much of the game though, Roethlisberger had ample time to scan the field and throw the ball cleanly.

The Bengals registered those five sacks without the services of their best pass rusher, Carlos Dunlap, and all signs point towards the former Florida Gator's hamstring not being healed enough for him to play. Dunlap is listed as doubtful on Cincinnati's official injury report, and if he is in fact ruled out, it would be the third game in the Bengals' last four that he was unable to play.

CB Nate Clements (hamstring) and DT Pat Sims (ankle) were also unable to practice on Friday, but are listed as questionable. Marvin Lewis expressed optimism that Clements would at least be able to go. And they might need him, having already lost Leon Hall for the season earlier this year.

S Chris Crocker (biceps) and TE Donald Lee (foot) were limited on Friday and also are listed as questionable. Again, the availability of capable bodies in Mike Zimmer's secondary will be important for the Bengals. Lee is more expendable on a week-to-week basis though, as Jermaine Gresham is clearly the guy Andy Dalton likes to throw the ball to in the passing game.

And finally, DT Domata Peko (foot) and WR Jerome Simpson (knee) were able to participate fully for the first time this week on Friday. Listed as probable, both should be in uniform on Sunday.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Report, Week 13: Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu Probable For Cincinnati Bengals Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers list quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and safety Troy Polamalu as probable for Sunday's game against AFC North rival Cincinnati Bengals after both players practiced in full on Friday. Roethlisberger is battling a fractured thumb on his right (throwing) hand, an injury he aggravated during Thursday's practice and forced him to sit early. Polamalu, contending with concussion-like symptoms suffered in Sunday's win against the Kansas City Chiefs, missed Wednesday's practice, but practiced without limits on Thursday and Friday.

The other Steelers wounded to practice in full Friday, and thus to be listed as probable for the Bengals game, are center Maurkice Pouncey, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, and linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

In less positive news, linebacker Larry Foote practiced in a limited capacity Friday, the third straight day he was ruled out of a full practice. The team lists him as questionable.

Wide receiver Arnaz Battle and linebacker Chris Carter sat out Friday's practice completely and will not play Sunday.

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Week 13 NFL Lines And Odds: Bengals Vs. Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have already taken one game from the Bengals this year, but they'll be going for the season sweep when they host Cincinnati on Sunday. The Steelers are playing good football right now, and as a result, have been named the comfortable favorites in this game. For a look inside the matchup, here are our partners at OddsShark.

Cincinnati has struggled mightily against the Steelers in recent years, with 2-8 ATS mark in 10 games and they get a chance to win as a significant road underdog here in Week 13 NFL odds action.Pittsburgh was banged up but won in Week 12 while the Bengals did not bungle away a game against the Browns. The opening spread could come down during the week, which would be good news for Steeler backers.Pittsburgh has played 5 straight overs within the AFC North while they failed to cover as chalk of more than 8 points the past three times in this situation. Cincy meanwhile is 7-1-1 ATS past 9 as an NFL underdog.

And here are the complete odds, via the SB nation Odds Page powered by OddsShark.

12/04/2011 Cincinnati 42o-105 43o-110 42½o-110 42½o-110
1:00 PM Pittsburgh -7+100 -7½+110 -6½-115 -7-105

 

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Steelers Vs. Bengals: Ben Roethlisberger Bangs Injured Thumb In Thursday Practice

With the AFC playoff picture as tight as it is, each and every week is important, but the magnitude of Pittsburgh Steelers’ Week 13 home showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals can’t be overstated. That’s why it was disconcerting to learn that Ben Roethlisberger banged his injured thumb on a snap during Thursday’s practice. He did not complete the remainder of the practice. According to Gerry Dulac, however, Roethlisberger says he’ll be just fine and ready to play come Sunday afternoon.

Roethlisberger broke the thumb on his right throwing hand during the Steelers’ Week 10 win over the Bengals. Last Sunday night, the indestructible QB completed 21-of-31 passes for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception. In Pittsburgh’s previous matchup with Cincinnati, a 24-17 win, Roethlisberger was 21-of-33 for 253 yards and one touchdown.

Kickoff from Heinz Field is at 1:00 PM Sunday afternoon. For more on the Steelers, visit Behind the Steel Curtain.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Injury Report, Week 13: Maurkice Pouncey Limited In Practice, But 'Definitely' Playing, Says Report

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is set to return to the lineup this Sunday when Pittsburgh hosts the Cincinnati Bengals, reports Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, but the team will limit him in practice Thursday.

Pouncey suffered from a stomach virus that ultimately forced him to leave the Steelers' victory against the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday after taking part in just 18 plays. Pouncey lost 12 pounds due to the illness, which Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain notes makes him 10 pounds short of his "ideal playing weight" of 300 pounds. He'll work to re-gain as much weight as he can before kickoff Sunday.

Coolong says to expect Doug Legursky, who filled in for Pouncey at center following his departure against Kansas City, to move to left guard upon Pouncey's return to the lineup. Legursky will replace Chris Kemoeatu at that position.

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Week 13 NFL Predictions And Picks: Bengals Vs. Steelers

The Pittsburgh Penguins have an important matchup this weekend against division rival Cincinnati Bengals. I'm not going to pretend that I know what's going to happen, so let's export these picks to some of the experts. First up, the guys at Sporting News.

The Bengals are missing a key player in cornerback Leon Hall, but the Steelers are likely to be without their most irreplaceable defensive player, safety Troy Polamalu. With tough sledding in the running game, the burdens fall on Dalton and Roethlisberger. While Big Ben gets big plays with Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, Dalton will get into a groove with A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham. The Steelers have escaped challenges through 12 weeks, so they're simply due to lose one. Dalton has been cool on the road and will notch his first signature win. Bengals 23, Steelers 20.

That's all well and good for those of us who play straight pick 'ems, but what about the guys who like to make the games a little more interesting, if you know what I mean. Here are betting guidelines from Vegas Betting Lines.

Even though the Bengals proved that they could keep up with the Steelers in their first meeting and really need this win, the Week 13 NFL Football spread is still set at more than a touchdown, which considering the recent results for both teams seems unrealistic. Pittsburgh needs this win to keep up with the Ravens in the battle for the division, but that doesn’t mean that Cincinnati won’t at the least keep this one close.

They go on to pick the Bengals in this matchup, despite them being the significant underdog.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Bengals there's Cincy Jungle. For more on this game, stick to this StoryStream.

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Bengals Vs. Steelers: Eight Players Miss Practice For Bengals

The 7-4 Cincinnati Bengals got back onto the practice field Wednesday to prepare for the Pittsburgh Steelers in an important AFC North matchup that has playoff implications. The Bengals were missing eight players from practice, however. 

For the Bengals on Wednesday, wide receiver Jerome Simpson (knee), running back Cedric Benson (foot), cornerback Nate Clements (not injury related), safety Chris Crocker (biceps), defensive end Carlos Dunlap (hamstring), cornerback Brandon Ghee (groin), defensive tackle Domata Peko (foot) and linebacker Dontay Moch (not injury related) all did not practice. If Benson is out, that means the running back duties will fall once again on Bernard Scott to carry the load.

Tight end Donald Lee (foot) and defensive tackle Pat Sims (ankle) were both limited on Wednesday.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Bengals there's Cincy Jungle. For more on this game, stick to this StoryStream.

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Bengals Vs. Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey And Troy Polamalu Miss Practice

The Pittsburgh Steelers hit the practice field today to prepare for their AFC North match up with the Cincinnati Bengals and were missing some key players at practice. Center Maurkice Pouncey was absent from practice with an illness, the same illness that knocked him out of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Safety Troy Polamalu also missed practice today with a head injury, but both Polamalu and Pouncey are expected to play on Sunday. Linebacker Chris Carter also missed practice with a hamstring injury and is not expected to play.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley returned to practice and is expected to play on Sunday, the first time he will play since Week 8. Wide receiver Arnaz Battle and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester were both limited in practice today, but both are expected to be available on Sunday.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Bengals, there's Cincy Jungle.

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LaMarr Woodley Injury Update: Steelers LB Back At Practice, Expected To Play

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley returned to practice on Wednesday, and hopefully will play on Sunday after missing the last several weeks. Woodley had been dealing with a hamstring injury and limited in weeks past. Woodley practiced in full today. The Steelers missed Woodley in their last match up against the Cincinnati Bengals, with the Steelers winning in a close game, 24-17.

This will also mark the first time since Week 4 that Woodley and fellow outside linebacker James Harrison have played together. The return of Woodley and pairing with Harrison should help a Steelers pass rush that has been limited a bit the past few weeks. In the last meeting between the Steelers and the Bengals, the Steelers didn't sack rookie quarterback Andy Dalton even a single time. Woodley is expected to be active and start on Sunday.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Bengals, there's Cincy Jungle.

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Steelers Vs. Bengals: Pittsburgh Opens As 7 Point Favorites Over Cincinnati

The stakes are enormous when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field. At 8-3, the Steelers are tied for first place with the Baltimore Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North, as well as with Houston and New England for the top overall seed in the AFC. Due to head-to-head tiebreakers though, the Steelers would be the No. 5 seed in the playoffs were the postseason to start today.

The Bengals, meanwhile, are 7-4 and the No. 6 overall seed in the conference. With the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Tennesseee Titans all at 6-5, this weekend’s game against the Steelers is critical if the Bengals are to remain ahead of the pack for the sixth and final playoff spot heading into the final quarter of the season.

The two teams met three weekends ago in Cincinnati, with the Steelers emerging victorious, 24-17. According to the lines provided by SB Nation’s odds partner, Odds Shark, the Steelers opened as 7 point favorites over Cincinnati, with the juice being +100, or even money, for the Steelers to cover.

The line is also 7 at Bodog, but the payout is not quite as good at -105. At 5Dimes.com, the line is 7.5, and if you think the Steelers will roll by more than a touchdown, it’s a good position to take as the pay out is +120. The best value though might be at BetOnline, where the line is just 6.5. I’d expect that to be bet up to at least 7 by gametime however, particularly if it is confirmed later this week that Troy Polamalu will be available to play after suffering what appeared to be a mild head injury in last Sunday night’s win over the Chiefs

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Bengals Vs. Steelers: Troy Polamalu Set To Play

Troy Polamalu should be ready to go after taking a knee to the head last week against the Chiefs.

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