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Cincinnati Bengals Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: NFL Week 9 Previews

After winning the first two games since Ben Roethlisberger's return from suspension, the Pittsburgh Steelers fell to 5-2 this past Sunday night by losing to the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints, 20-10. The Steelers next travel to Cincinnati for their third divisional tilt of the year, and their first of two against the reeling Cincinnati Bengals. Even though the Steelers lost in disappointing fashion to the Saints, there's no time to feel sorry for themselves or spend too much time thinking about what wrong. With a win against the Bengals, the Steelers would be in plenty good shape, and will have finished their tough three-game road swing with a 2-1 record. Here's a few facts, figures and trends about the two teams' series history, as well as up-to-date season stats fro both squads.

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-5)

SERIES

 

STEELERS

BENGALS

SERIES LEADER

47-32

 

STREAKS

5 of past 7

Past 2

COACHES VS. OPP.

Tomlin: 4-2

Lewis: 5-10

LAST WEEK

L 20-10 at Saints

L 22-14 vs. Dolphins

LAST GAME

11/15/09: Bengals 18 at Steelers 12. Cincinnati K Shayne Graham kicks 4 2nd-half FGs as Bengals sweep season series vs. Pittsburgh for 1st time since '98.

LAST GAME AT SITE

9/27/09: Bengals 23, Steelers 20. Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer passes for 183 yards & throws game-winning 4-yard TD pass to WR Andre Caldwell with 14 seconds remaining.

BROADCAST

ESPN (8:30 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden. Westwood One Radio: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 124 (WW1), 125 (Pit.), 126 (Cin.). XM: 124 (WW1), 102 (Pit.), 103 (Cin.).

 

STATS

PASSING

Roethlisberger: 52-82-754-5-2-103.4

C. Palmer: 168-282-1,855-12-7-83.0

RUSHING

Mendenhall: 146-603-4.1-6

Benson: 143-545-3.8-2

RECEIVING

Ward: 27-365-13.5-3

Owens: 45 (T3C)-629-14.0-5

OFFENSE

297.6

355.4

TAKE/GIVE

+9 (1L)

+4

DEFENSE

302.0 (2C)

342.0

SACKS

Harrison: 6

Crocker: 2

INTs

Polamalu, I. Taylor: 2

Hall: 4 (T1C)

PUNTING

Sepulveda: 46.9 (3C)

Huber: 43.4

KICKING

Reed: 51 (15/15 PAT; 12/17 FG)

Nugent: 54 (12/12 PAT; 14/16 FG)

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.