Game Day Notebook

Fearing A.J. Green, Mike Wallace's numbers, Jungleland history, more.

Two weeks ago, A.J. Green became the only NFL player with 100 receptions, 1,500 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in his first 20 games.

Green enters tonight's game with 108-1685-13, or about a day's work against Ike Taylor.


Yes, the Steelers are saying they won't do anything drastic to defend Green. Last season Green caught 6 passes for 87 yards and a touchdown in his first meeting with Taylor and the Steelers. In the second game Green caught a 36-yard touchdown pass but injured his knee and didn't catch another pass that day.

Taylor, of course, has been victimized with regularity since Demaryius Thomas scorched him in last season's playoff loss. But the Steelers say they're not losing confidence in him.

"He is a veteran cornerback and he will respond," said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. "He will come out fighting. A cornerback has to have a very short memory. I don't think you can single out any player. We have to do a better job, get off the field and get our offense the football a few more times."

Stopping Green, of course, will be the key.

"We didn't bracket him last year," said free safety Ryan Clark. "We don't have anything in the plans to do that to him this year. We're going to play our game. We just need to play it better. We have a corner who we feel matches up well with him athletically on both sides. Keenan (Lewis) and Ike are tall, long, rangy guys. The thing about A.J. Green is, you could have him covered, he just makes the catch. He's got extreme body control, great hands, and he's definitely one of the top five receivers in the league already."


Mike Wallace's 82-yard touchdown catch last Thursday was the 42nd of his career of 25 or more yards. He passed Plaxico Burress for second place on the team's all-time list behind Hines Ward's 81 catches of 25 or more yards.

But it was only the second such catch of the season for Wallace, and first of 40 yards or more. Wallace's overall numbers are well below those he posted in the first five games last season.

This season, Wallace has 21 catches for 345 yards (16.4 avg.) and 4 touchdowns.

After five games last season, Wallace had 31 catches for 536 yards (17.3 avg.) and 3 touchdowns.


The Steelers are 52-32 against Cincinnati during the regular season and 24-18 on the road.

More recently, the Steelers are 10-2 in regular-season games at Paul Brown Stadium (five more wins than any other team) and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 8-2 against the Bengals. The Steelers were swept by the Bengals in 2009.


After sacking Matt Hasselbeck last Thursday night, James Harrison needs one sack to tie Joey Porter for fourth place on the Steelers' all-time sacks list with 60.

The leaders are Jason Gildon (77), L.C. Greenwood (73½) and Joe Greene (66).

Of the five players, Harrison averages the more sacks per game at 0.492. The rest averaged the following sacks per game: Gildon 0.487, Porter 0.47, Greenwood 0.43, and Greene 0.36.

LaMarr Woodley, who's eighth on the team's sacks list with 50, averages 0.68 sacks per game.


The Steelers lost in Denver on a Sunday night to open the season, but are still 7-5 under Tomlin overall on Sunday nights. The Bengals are 3-10 on Sunday nights and 2-3 at home.

The Bengals' last home win on a Sunday night was in 2004 against the Miami Dolphins. The Bengals lost their last Sunday night home game to the Steelers, 24-10, on Dec. 2, 2007.

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