Pittsburgh Steelers - Cincinnati Bengals Briefs

<b> NOTES:</b> Marvin Lewis (Ft. Cherry H.S.) of Cincinnati &amp; Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher (Carlynton H.S.) are Pittsburgh-area natives &amp; faced each other as high school football players. <br><br> <b>Cincinnati Bengals: </b> Head coach Lewis aims to lead team to 2nd 2-2 start since 1996.

In 1st season as starter, QB Carson Palmer stands 4th in AFC passing yards (711) & is on pace to compile 3rd most passing yards in single season by Bengal.  Makes 1st start vs. AFC North on road.

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 SteelersAre 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)

  BENGALS STEELERS
LEADER   39-28
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

  STATS

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
OFFENSE 319.7 287.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 +3 (2C)
DEFENSE 348.0 262.0
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)

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