WR Chad Johnson has 24 catches in past 4 meetings. Has 346 receiving yards (115.3 per game) in past 3 vs. Steelers, including career-best 152 yards (11/24/02). Johnson stands 3rd in AFC receiving yards (243).
WR Peter Warrick had 1st career 10-catch game & 100-yard game vs. Pitt (12/30/01).
In last meeting, WR Kelley Washington had career-long 51-yard TD catch. Offense has scored points on 6 of 7 red zone trips.
Defense recorded 6 sacks & forced 2 turnovers in last meeting.
DE Duane Clemons & DT John Thorton each had 2.0 sacks in that game.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Are NFL-best 28-11 (.718) in October since 1994.
Head coach Cowher has career 17-7 (.708) record vs. Bengals.
Rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger (No. 11) makes 1st career home start. Hails from Findlay, OH & set numerous records at Miami (OH).
RB Jerome Bettis has 1,587 rushing yards (99.2 per game) in 16 career games vs. Cincinnati, including 10 100-yard contests. Has 14 career rushing TDs vs. Bengals, his most vs. any opponent (next highest is 6 vs. SF). Aims for 5th consecutive game vs. Cincy with TD run.
WR Hines Ward leads AFC with 346 receiving yards. Ward had career-best 13 receptions in last meeting. In past 2 vs. Bengals at home, Ward has 18 catches for 274 yards (137.0 per game) & 2 TDs. Aims for 4th game in row vs. Cincy with TD catch.
In past 5 vs. Bengals, WR Plaxico Burress has 31 catches for 457 yards (91.4 per game) & 2 TDs.
WR-KR-PR Antwaan Randle El had 99-yard KR-TD vs. Cincy (10/13/02), 2nd-longest in team history.
In past 4 meetings, LB Joey Porter has 3.0 sacks, 25 tackles & 2 FFs.
LB Kendrell Bell had 2.0 sacks in 1st meeting last year (9/21/03).
P Chris Gardocki plays in 200th career game & has not had punt blocked in NFL-record 997 punts.
Cincinnati Bengals (1-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
|STREAKS||6 of past 8|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Lewis: 1-1||Cowher: 17-7|
|LAST WEEK||L 23-9 vs. Ravens||W 13-3 at Dolphins|
|LAST GAME||11/30/03: Bengals 24 at Steelers 20. Cincinnati QB Jon Kitna throws 18-yard TD pass to TE Matt Schobel with 13 seconds remaining.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||11/30/03|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots|
|PASSING||Palmer: 64-117-711-2-5-60.9||Roethlisberger (R): 24-42-339-3-3-77.4|
|RUSHING||R. Johnson: 68-232-3.4-1||Staley: 62-249-4.0-0|
|RECEIVING||C. Johnson: 16-243-15.2-1||Ward: 22 (T1C)-346 (1C)-15.7-2|
|SACKS||Smtih, Thornton, Webster: 1.0||Haggans, A. Smith, Townsend: 2.0|
|INTs||James, Simmons: 1||4 tied: 1|
|PUNTING||Larson (R): 43.1||Gardocki: 43.4|
|KICKING||Graham: 25 (3C) (4/4 PAT; 7/8 FG)||Reed: 14 (5/5 PAT; 3/6 FG)|