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Bengals at Steelers NFL Week Eight Capsule

Cincinnati Bengals v Pittsburgh Steelers

CINCINNATI BENGALS (6-0) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-3)

SERIES

  BENGALS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER   55-34
STREAKS   8 of past 10
COACHES VS. OPP. Marvin Lewis: 7-18 Mike Tomlin: 12-4
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 6: W 34-21 at Buffalo) L 23-13 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 12/28/14: Bengals 17 at Steelers 27. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown has 7 receptions for 128 yards & TD. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger throws for 317 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/28/14
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET) Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn (field reporter). SIRIUS: 135 (Cin.), 82 (Pit.). XM: 82 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING Dalton: 130-193-1761-14-2-116.1 (1L) Roethlisberger: 67-89-912-4-2-113.1 OR

Jones: 24-41-377-3-2-93.2

RUSHING Bernard: 77-427-5.5-2 Bell: 103-511 (1C)-5.0-3
RECEIVING Green: 35-531-15.2-3 Brown: 46-671 (3C)-14.6-2
OFFENSE 410.3 (3L) 348.1
TAKE/GIVE +3 +3
DEFENSE 370.7 376.6
SACKS Dunlap: 6.5 (T1L) Tuitt: 3.5
INTs A. Jones: 2 5 tied: 1
PUNTING Huber: 47.9 Berry: 43.8
KICKING Nugent: 42 (21/22 PAT; 7/9 FG) Boswell: 26 (5/5 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

BENGALS: Are 6-0 for 3rd time in club history & 1st time since 1988 AFC Championship season. Aim to reach 7-0 for 1st time ever…QB ANDY DALTON (22) needs 1 road win to tie HOFer DAN MARINO (23), BEN ROETHLISBERGER (23) & MATT RYAN (23) for most road wins by starting QB in 1st 5 seasons during SB era (since 1966). Passed for 243 yards & 3 TD vs. 0 INTs for 118.6 rating vs. Buf in Wk. 6. Has 115+ rating in 5 of past 6. Aims for 4th in row vs. Steelers with 2 TDs…In 7 career road starts, RB JEREMY HILL has 632 scrimmage yards (580 rush, 52 rec.) & 5 total TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.). RB GIOVANI BERNARD is averaging 91 scrimmage yards/game (427 rush, 73 rec.; 546 total)…In past 5 vs. Pit, WR A.J. GREEN has 44 catches for 556 yards & TD. TE TYLER EIFERT is tied for 1st in NFL with 6 TD catches & aims for 3rd in row with TD…DT GENO ATKINS has sack in 4 of past 6. Since entering NFL in 2010, leads AFC DTs with 36 sacks…STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has won 8 of past 10 starts vs. Cin. & has passed for 2,449 yards with 13 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 90.2 rating. QB LANDRY JONES aims for 3rd in row with TD pass…In 3 career meetings, RB LE’ VEON BELL is averaging 147.3 scrimmage yards per game (262 rush, 180 rec., 442 total) & has 4 total TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). In past 11 overall, is averaging 148.7 scrimmage yards per game & has 11 total TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.), incl. 137 yards last week…In past 7 vs. own division, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 51 catches for 755 yards & 3 TDs. Since 2013, leads NFL in catches (285) & rec. yards (3,868). In 12/7/14 meeting, WR MARTAVIS BRYANT had 4 catches for 109 yards, incl. 94-yard TD. 1 of 2 players in NFL history with 88+ yard TD catch in each of 1st 2 seasons (GUS TINSLEY, 1937-38). Has 11 TDs in 12 career games…LB RYAN SHAZIER has 1.5 sacks in past 2 & aims for 3rd in row with .5+ sack. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 54 tackles. LB BUD DUPREE leads AFC rookies with 3 sacks

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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