Steelers have won six of eight in series. … Bengals RB Cedric Benson (837 yards) needs 163 yards rushing for second consecutive 100-yard season. Steelers have allowed one 100-yard rusher in 46 games, and lead NFL by limiting opponents to 62.3 yards rushing per game. Only one team (New England) has rushed for 100 yards against them this season.
Bengals QB Carson Palmer needs two TD passes to join Ken Anderson (197) and Boomer Esiason (187) as only players in Bengals history with 150 TD passes. … Bengals WR Terrell Owens had 10 catches for 141 yards and two TDs when teams met last month. Owens has five TD catches in six games against Pittsburgh. Owens (961 yards receiving) needs 39 yards to join Jerry Rice and Randy Moss as only receivers with 10 1,000-yard seasons.
Owens also needs one more TD catch for ninth season with 10-plus TD receptions. … Bengals have lost nine in row. Club record is 11 during 1992-93 seasons. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 10-4 against Cincinnati. He has thrown three TD passes in each of last three home games. … Steelers WR Hines Ward has 15 career TD catches against Cincinnati, most against any opponent.
Steelers can clinch playoff spot with win and help from variety of teams. … Pittsburgh an NFL-best 225-87-1 (.720) at home since 1970 merger. … Steelers starting first three-game homestand since 1986. This is first time in franchise history they have played three home games in so short a span (12 days). They meet Jets on Dec. 19 and Panthers on Dec. 23. … LB James Harrison needs 1 1/2 sacks for 50 for his career.
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