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Bengals' Defensive Line To Steelers: Not In Our House

The Steelers lead the series with the Bengals by a wide margin. They are 27-19 as the road team. The Bengals, however, are going for a season sweep Sunday.

When it comes to the long-standing rivalry between the Bengals and Steelers, Pittsburgh has had the upper hand.

The all-time series is not close.

But, that doesn't mean a thing this year. The AFC North Division stalwarts meet again at 1 p.m. Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

"A home game is like someone coming into your house," Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry said. "It’s controlling your household. And, in order to do that, you have to control the tempo of the game, control the tempo of the crowd and just apply major pressure. The atmosphere is amazing. It gives a sense of pride, and we’re a prideful group.”

The Steelers lead the series, 56-35, including 1-0 in postseason. However, the Bengals go for a 2015 sweep Sunday after winning 16-10 at Pittsburgh on Nov. 1.

The Steelers lead the series, 27-19 as the road team.

The lone postseason game in series history was in 2005 at Paul Brown Stadium, with the Steelers winning 31-17 in a Wild Card round contest.

The Bengals have played more games against the Steelers (91) than any other opponent. Cleveland (85) is second in that category, followed by Tennessee (74), formerly the Houston Oilers.

The Bengals are 5-1 at home this season. Cincinnati’s record in the last 26 regular-season home games is 21-4-1 (.827). That includes a club-record 11-game home win streak from the last game of 2012 through the first two of 2014.

“This place is loud, especially when the other guys are backed up," said Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson. "When a team can’t use their normal cadence, it interferes with their communication and their ability to protect the quarterback. It gives us a better jump off the ball. It can really mess teams up in terms of their communication; you can see it on film."

Nobody loves the Paul Brown Stadium home atmosphere more than the defensive line.

“We like playing in The Jungle,” defensive tackle Domata Peko said. “The crowd is into it, and we love pinning our ears back here and getting after the quarterback.”

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