Steelers-Bengals Preview

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GAME PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 13, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m., Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (FieldTurf)

RADIO: Play-by-play man Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham on "Triple Cast" flagships 700-AM WLW, 1530-AM ESPN and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network. Sports USA is airing the game nationally with Tom McCarthy play-by-play, Ross Tucker analyst, and Tony Graziani.

TV: CBS broadcast team of Ian Eagle play-by-play and Dan Fouts analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

INJURIES
CIN: MLB Rey Maualuga (ankle) returned to practice this week after missing three games but was limited Wednesday and Thursday. LE Carlos Dunlap (hamstring) didn't go Wednesday and Thursday. CB Adam Jones (hamstring) and TE Jermaine Gresham (hamstring), sidelined for the better part of the last two games, appeared to suffer setbacks when they were limited Wednesday because they didn't go Thursday. RB Brian Leonard (knee), who missed Wednesday but was limited Thursday, has said he'll play. So has TE* onald Lee (foot) out Wednesday and Thursday. WR Andre Caldwell (groin) was limited Wednesday and Thursday, as was RT Andre Smith (toe) and OLB* Thomas Howard (hamstring).

PIT: WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) out; LOLB LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) missed the last game and Wednesday and Thursday, and Steelers observers don't think he'll play. SS Troy Polamalu (rib) has missed Wednesday and Thursday but people will be surprised if he doesn't play. ROLB James Harrison (toe) was limited Thursday. WR Hines Ward (head) and RILBJames Farrior (calf) were full go Thursday.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Steelers lead regular season series 49-32; 22-18 in Cincinnati; 9-2 at PBS; Steelers lead postseason series 1-0.

NOTEWORTHY
» The Bengals are trying for their first six-game winning streak since the 1988 team started 6-0. They also won six straight to start the 1975 season and end the 1973 season. The club record is the seven straight that ended the 1970 season.

» The Bengals are looking to win their second game at PBS against the Steelers in nine games under Marvin Lewis.

» Lewis, a Pittsburgh area native of McDonald, Pa., worked with Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau when both were with the Steelers.

» The Bengals are looking to go 7-2 for the third time under Lewis (2007, 2009).

» Steelers starting LT Max Starks is the son of Bengals Super Bowl XVI defensive end Ross Browner.

» Bengals WR A.J. Green needs one more 100-yard game for his third of the season, tying the club rookie record of Isaac Curtis (1973) and Eddie Brown (1985).

» Sunday marks just the fourth AFC North game of the season. The Bengals beat the Browns, and the Ravens swept the Steelers.

» Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton is looking to play his first complete AFC North game after leaving the opener in Cleveland with a bruised wrist.

» In the last two games at Heinz Field, the Steelers haven't scored an offensive touchdown against the Bengals.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 14th in scoring, 22nd in offense (21st rushing, 21st passing); fourth in defense (second rushing, 10th passing), tied for seventh in turnover margin at plus-four.

PIT: 19th in scoring, ninth in offense (19th rushing, eighth passing), third in defense (sixth rushing, third passing), 32nd in turnover margin at minus-11.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 66-69-1 regular season, 0-2 postseason in his ninth season; 5-12 vs. Steelers (including postseason game).

PIT: Mike Tomlin 44-26 in his fifth season; 6-2 vs. Bengals and Lewis (including postseason game).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 38-28-1 - Bengals record at PBS under Lewis
» 1-8 - Bengals record under Lewis vs. Pittsburgh at PBS
» 29-9 - Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's record in the AFC North
» 24-19 - Bengals AFC North record in the same stretch
» 33-19 - Roethlisberger's regular-season road record
» 32 - Steelers last-place ranking in NFL turnover differential
» T-7 - Bengals ranking in NFL turnover differential
» 10 - Victories for Roethlisberger over the Bengals
» 13 - Victories for Terry Bradshaw over the Bengals, most by a Steelers quarterback
» 13 - NFL record for wins by a rookie QB in 2004 by Roethlisberger  
» 12 - Projected wins by Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton at halfway point
» 17 - TD passes in 14 games as a rookie by Roethlisberger
» 24 - Projected TD passes in 16 games this season for Dalton
» 295 - Rookie passing attempts by Roethlisberger
» 514 - Dalton's pace for passing attempts this season
» 586 - Bengals record for passing attempts in a season set by Carson Palmer last year
» 11 - Career TD passes of 40-plus yards from Roethlisberger to Steelers WR Mike Wallace
» 10 - Combined career TD receptions for Bengals WR A.J. Green and Jerome Simpson

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
» JungleZone: Band – Naked Karate Girls
»Anthem: Vondale Batchelor
» Honor Guard: Ohio National Guard
» Halftime: Verizon "Toss to Win" challenge in the North end zone; Ohio National Guard Welcome Home Ceremony; Local 12 highlight package, "Around the League in 180 Seconds."
» Pregame: Special Purple Heart Recipient will participate in the coin toss
» Giveaway: Bengals Team Photo courtesy of Fifth Third Bank

MILITARY APPRECIATION GAME
» 45 Soldiers will unfurl a giant flag for the anthem
» We'll welcome home 37 soldiers who have recently returned from a tour
» We'll congratulate 22 new enlistees for their recent commitment to our Nation
» We'll recognize a Purple Heart Recipient and the soldier who is credited with saving his life, and have them walk out with the captains for the coin toss (to 'deliver' the coin)
» The Adjutant General of Ohio will be 'officiating' the day's ceremonies

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
» Steelers-Bengals: Throwback Game of the Week

THE WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio calls for mostly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of rain and game-time temperature at 58 rising to 64 by the end of the game with winds out of the south at 10-20 miles per hour.

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