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Bengals (2-5) Vs. Steelers (5-2): NFL Week 9 News And Notes

The Pittsburgh Steelers are still over five days away from returning to action next Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals, a squad that had the Steelers' number a year ago. But let's take a look at some stats, figures and trends for both teams in anticipatory preparation for the important divisional matchup in The Queen City next Monday night.

Notes

STEELERS:

  • Club has 5-0 record on MNF under head coach MIKE TOMLIN...
  • Incl. playoffs, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 11-2 (.846) in his home state of Ohio (6-1 at Cin., 5-1 at Cle.). Incl. playoffs, team is 37-4 (.902), when Roethlisberger has 100+ passer rating. Has 7-2 record on MNF...
  • RB RASHARD MENDENHALL (6) needs 2 rush TDs to surpass career high of 7 in '09. Mendenhall is averaging 81.5 receiving yards per game vs. AFC North in '10 (163 total)...
  • WR HINES WARD has reception in 185 consecutive games & needs 1 catch to pass TERRELL OWENS (1996-2009) for the 3rd-most consecutive games w/ rec. in NFL history. Has 14 career TD rec. vs. Bengals, most vs. any opponent.
  • WR MIKE WALLACE had 102 receiving yards in last game at Cin...Defense allows league-low 14.6 points per game this year...LB JAMES HARRISON has 8.5 sacks in past 5 games on MNF...
  • LB LA MARR WOODLEY has 4 sacks in past 4 vs. Cin...
  • CB IKE TAYLOR had 2nd INT of season last week...

BENGALS:

  • Club has won 4 of past 5 at home on MNF...
  • QB CARSON PALMER has 21-12 (.636) career record against AFC North with 53 TDs & 84.8 passer rating...
  • Club has 9-1 record when RB CEDRIC BENSON has 100+ rushing yards in game...
  • WR TERRELL OWENS posted 31st game with 2+ TD receptions last week, 3rd most in NFL history (JERRY RICE, 44; RANDY MOSS, 36). Owens (50) needs 1 100-yard receiving game to surpass DON MAYNARD for 4th-most in NFL history (JERRY RICE, 76). Aims for 5th consecutive game w/ TD reception.
  • CB MORGAN TRENT had 1st career INT in 1st NFL start last week...
  • CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 2 INTs & 2 FFs in past 4 vs. Pit...In 2 games vs. Steelers,
  • KR-RB BERNARD SCOTT has 80 career receptions vs. Pit... has 41.2 KR avg., incl. 96-yard KR-TD.

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