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Steelers vs. Bengals Fast Facts

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Team Records

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-6-1) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (6-9)

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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

  • Overall regular-season record: 124-66-1 (.652)/12th season
  • Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 124-66-1 (.652)/12th season
  • Playoff Record/Years: 8-7 (.533)/eight years

Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis

  • Overall regular-season record: 131-121-3 (.520)/16th season
  • Regular-season record with Cincinnati: 131-121-3 (.520)/16th season
  • Playoff Record/Years: 0-7 (.000)/seven years

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Steelers - Bengals History

  • Series History: Series began in 1970
  • Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 61-35
  • In Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 32-16
  • At Cincinnati: Steelers lead, 29-19
  • Neutral Sites: n/a
  • Streak: Steelers won previous six meetings
  • Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 14, 2018, at Cincinnati
    Pittsburgh 28, Cincinnati 21
  • Postseason Series: Steelers lead, 2-0
  • Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 9, 2016, at Cincinnati
    Pittsburgh 38, Cincinnati 16 - AFC Wild Card
  • (preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week’s game will mark the 97th regular-season meeting Pittsburgh and Cincinnati... the Steelers own a 26-game advantage in the regular-season series (61-35), including a 32-16 record at home vs. Cincinnati... Sunday's game will mark the 25th meeting between the two teams in the month of December, with Pittsburgh holding a 16-8 record in the month against Cincinnati (5-2 at Heinz Field).

Gameday Information

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018
  • Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
  • Site: Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Playing Surface: Natural Grass
  • TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
  • Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst) | Steve Tasker (sideline)
  • Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network
    WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
  • Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (analyst) | Craig Wolfley (sideline)
  • Satellite Radio: 99 (Cin), 81 (Pit) | XM: 380 (Cin), 226 (Pit)
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers

Game Capsule

Steelers Bengals
Last Week L 31-28 at New Orleans L 26-18 at Cleveland
Coach vs. Opp. Mike Tomlin: 18-5 Marvin Lewis: 8-23
Pts. For/Against 27.5/23.1 23.7/29.3
Offense 407.3 318.4
Passing Ben Roethlisberger: 421-630-4842 (1L)-33-15-97.3 Jeff Driskel: 93-152-908-6-2-85.6
Rushing James Conner: 201-909-4.5-12 Joe Mixon: 224-1063-4.7-8
Receiving JuJu Smith-Schuster: 106-1389-13.1-6 Tyler Boyd: 76-1028-13.5-7
Defense 335.9 418.3
Sacks T.J. Watt: 12 Geno Atkins: 10
INTs Joe Haden: 2 Shawn Williams: 4
Take/Give -10 (15/25) 0 (17/17)
Punting (Net) Jordan Berry: 44.2 (38.9) Kevin Huber: 43.7 (39.1)
Kicking Chris Boswell: 82 (43/48 PAT; 13/20 FG) Randy Bullock: 89 (38/40 PAT; 17/21 FG)

Steelers

PITTSBURGH had 6 players named to 2019 Pro Bowl: WR ANTONIO BROWN, RB JAMES CONNER, G DAVID DECASTRO,DTCAMERONHEYWARD,CMAURKICE POUNCEY & T ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA.

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 380 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.8 rating last week. Had 369 pass yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 100.7 rating in last meeting. Is 6-0 with 92.7 rating in his past 6 starts vs. Cin. Leads NFL with 4,842 pass yards & needs 158 pass yards to become 6th player in NFL history with 5,000+ pass yards in single season.

RB JAMES CONNER had 129 scrimmage yards (111 rush, 18 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 6 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 125+ scrimmage yards & TD.

WR ANTONIO BROWN had 14 catches for 185 yards & 2 TDs last week. Had 105 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Leads NFL with franchise-record 15 TD catches. Is 1st player in NFL history with 6-consecutive 100+ catch seasons. WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 11 catches for 115 yards in Week 16. Had 7 receptions for 111 yards in Week 6 meeting. Has 106 catches in 2018 & is youngest player in NFL history to reach 100 receptions in single season.

DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 2 sacks, FR & 4 PD in his past 4 at home vs. Cin. LB T.J. WATT had sack last week. Has 6 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 5 at home. Has 4 sacks in 5 career home games vs. division. DE STEPHON TUITT has sack in 2 of his past 3.

Bengals

CINCINNATI had 1 player named to 2019 Pro Bowl: DT GENO ATKINS.

QB JEFF DRISKEL had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & career-high 123.4 rating in Week 16. Has 108.9 rating in 3 career road games. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs.

RB JOE MIXON has 596 scrimmage yards (119.2 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 5. Had 84 scrimmage yards & rush TD in last meeting. Is 1 of 2 AFC RBs (PHILLIP LINDSAY) with 1,000+ rush yards (1,063) & 8+ rush TDs (8) in 2018. Is 1 of 3 AFC players (MELVIN GORDON & TYREEK HILL) with 5+ games of 130+ scrimmage yards in 2018.

WR JOHN ROSS had TD catch in Week 16. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North & 4th in row on road with TD catch. TE C.J. UZOMAH had rec. TD in Week 16, his 5th-career TD.

DT GENO ATKINS has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 5. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads all DTs with 71 sacks. Is 1 of 5 with 9+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 4 TFL & 2 PD in his past 4 vs. Pit. Rookie S JESSIE BATES led team with 9 tackles last week. Had 10 tackles in only career meeting. Ranks 3rd among safeties with 108 tackles in 2018. Is only rookie with 100+ tackles & 3+ INTs (3) this season. Bates & S SHAWN WILLIAMS (100 tackles) are the only safety teammates in NFL with 100+ tackles each.

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League Rankings

Steelers Bengals
Last Week L 31-28 at New Orleans L 26-18 at Cleveland
Coach vs. Opp. Mike Tomlin: 18-5 Marvin Lewis: 8-23
Pts. For/Against 27.5/23.1 23.7/29.3
Offense 407.3 318.4
Passing Ben Roethlisberger: 421-630-4842 (1L)-33-15-97.3 Jeff Driskel: 93-152-908-6-2-85.6
Rushing James Conner: 201-909-4.5-12 Joe Mixon: 224-1063-4.7-8
Receiving JuJu Smith-Schuster: 106-1389-13.1-6 Tyler Boyd: 76-1028-13.5-7
Defense 335.9 418.3
Sacks T.J. Watt: 12 Geno Atkins: 10
INTs Joe Haden: 2 Shawn Williams: 4
Take/Give -10 (15/25) 0 (17/17)
Punting (Net) Jordan Berry: 44.2 (38.9) Kevin Huber: 43.7 (39.1)
Kicking Chris Boswell: 82 (43/48 PAT; 13/20 FG) Randy Bullock: 89 (38/40 PAT; 17/21 FG)

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Steelers 2018 Draft Class

S Terrell Edmunds (6-1, 217)
Rd. 1 28th Overall

Played collegiate football at Virginia Tech where he appeared in 37 games, making 31 starts…he totaled 182 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for losses…Edmunds started all 10 games en route to recording 59 tackles during the 2017 season.

WR James Washington (5-11, 213)
Rd. 2 60th Overall

Set an Oklahoma State University school record with 4,472 career receiving yards, also the second-best receiving yardage total in Big 12 conference history…he became one of two players in school history with three seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and three years with at least 10 touchdown catches.

QB Mason Rudolph (6-5, 235)
Rd. 3 76th Overall

Led Oklahoma State University to a 32-9 record as the quarterback to produce the winningest record by a signal caller in school history…he finished his career holding no fewer than 54 school records, including single-season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency…his 13,618 career passing yards rank him fourth in Big 12 conference history.

OL Chukwuma Okorafor (6-8, 320)
Rd. 3 92nd Overall

At Western Michigan University, started each of his final 39 games… he was a first-team All-American selection following the 2017 campaign by the Football Writers Association of America.

S Marcus Allen (6-2, 215)
Rd. 5 148th Overall

Became the sixth player in Penn State football history to reach the 300-tackle mark in a career…his 321 stops rank fifth in program history… he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017, starting 13 games and recording 72 tackles (46 solo).

RB Jaylen Samuels (6-0, 225)
Rd. 5 165th Overall

Established a North Carolina State University school record for receptions in a career, finishing with 202…his 47 total touchdowns place him second in program annals and he finished fourth in touchdown receptions (19) and sixth in touchdown runs (28).

DT Joshua Frazier (6-4, 315)
Rd. 7 246th Overall

Played in 40 career games at the University of Alabama…he recorded 28 tackles (11 solo), with 4.5 tackles for losses, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.

Statistics and game information courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers and/or National Football League.





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