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Steelers at Bengals Week 10 Capsule

STEELERS BENGALS
SERIES LEADER 49-32
STREAKS 7 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 6-2 Lewis: 5-12
LAST WEEK L 23-20 vs. Ravens W 24-17 at Titans
LAST GAME 12/12/10: Bengals 7 at Steelers 23. Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu has 2 INTs, including 45-yard INT-TD. Steelers’ defense limits Cincinnati to 190 total yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/8/10: Steelers 27, Bengals 21. Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace has 5 catches for 110 yards, including 39-yard TD. Steelers’ RB Rashard Mendenhall adds 99 rush yards & 1 TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts. SIRIUS: 91 (Pit.), 82 (Cin.). XM: 229 (Cin.).

STATS

PASSING Roethlisberger: 203-321-2,632 (3L)-15 (T2C)-8-94.1 (2C) Dalton (R): 158-257-1,696-12-7-85.0
RUSHING Mendenhall: 120-473-3.9-4 Benson: 137-536-3.9-2
RECEIVING Wallace: 47 (2C)-868 (3L)-18.5-6 (T1C) Green (R): 40-599-15.0-5
OFFENSE 389.1 316.3
TAKE/GIVE -11 +4 (T3C)
DEFENSE 280.2 (3L) 301.3
SACKS Woodley: 9 (1C) Atkins: 3.5
INTs Clark, Woodley: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Kapinos: 33.3 Huber: 44.6
KICKING Suisham: 66 (21/21 PAT; 15/20 FG) Nugent: 67 (3C) (19/20 PAT; 16/17 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS: With win, MIKE TOMLIN can join HOFer CHUCK NOLL (193), BILL COWHER (149) & RAYMOND “BUDDY” PARKER (51) as 4th head coach in club history to reach 50 regular-season wins…Steelers have won 8 of past 9 at Cin…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 6-1 at Cin. & has 10 TDs vs. 5 INTs & 98.7 passer rating. Aims for 4th straight game with 300+ passing yards (361, 365, 330)…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL had 99 rush yards with 1 TD in last game at Cin. Mendenhall (24) needs 1 rush TD to become 8th player in Steelers history with at least 25 rush TDs…WR MIKE WALLACE aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ rec. yards (102, 110) at Cin. WR ANTONIO BROWN had career-best 109 rec. yards last week & has reached 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3…LB LA MARR WOODLEY (48) needs 2 sacks to become 6th player in franchise history with 50 career sacks…LB JAMES HARRISON has 5 sacks in 5 games in ’11. Harrison has 3 sacks in past 4 vs. Bengals…S TROY POLAMALU tied career-best with 2 INTs in last meeting vs. Cin., incl. 45-yard INT-return TD…BENGALS: With win, Cin. can tie for 2nd-longest single-season win streak in franchise history (6 in ’73, ’75, ’88)…Rookie QB ANDY DALTON (2nd round, No. 35) had career-best 3 TD passes last week. Dalton has 12 TD passes, most by rookie in team’s 1st 8 games of season since merger (’70). Dalton aims to become 1st rookie QB w/ 6 straight wins since VINCE YOUNG (6) in ’06. Dalton (1,696) needs 159 passing yards to surpass GREG COOK (1,854 in ’69) for most passing yards by rookie in club history…RB CEDRIC BENSON is averaging 81 rush yards per game in past 3 in Nov. (243 total)…Rookie WR A.J. GREEN (1st round, No. 4) leads NFL rookies in rec. (40), rec. yards (599) & TD catches (5). WR ANDRE CALDWELL recorded 2nd TD catch of season last week. WR JEROME SIMPSON aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD rec…Bengals allow 85.4 rush yards per game in ’11, 2nd-best in NFL (49ers, 70.8)…Defense has recorded 9 FRs this season, 2nd-most in NFL (Bal., 10).

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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