Cheat Sheet: Steelers at Bengals

How To Watch & Listen
Kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET; Game Coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: Nationally on ESPN, locally on WTAE-TV
Radio: Steelers Radio Network (WDVE, SNR in Pittsburgh) Complete coverage details >>>

Playoff Picture
The Steelers already clinched a playoff berth, but can clinch the AFC North Division title in Week 15 with the following outcomes:

1. PIT win OR
2. CLE loss OR
3. PIT tie + CLE tie

The Steelers (11-2) play at the Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) on Monday Night Football. The Browns (9-4) play at the New York Giants (5-8) on Sunday Night Football.

Injury Update

  • Running back James Conner who missed practice on Thursday, was limited on both Friday and Saturday and is questionable for Monday night's game.
  • Offensive lineman Kevin Dotson did not practice all week after suffering a shoulder injury against the Buffalo Bills last week. Dotson was ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bengals, leaving the Steelers thin at the guard position since Matt Feiler (pectoral) was placed on the Reserve/Injured List earlier this week.
  • Complete Injury/Status Report >>>

Fun Facts From NFL Research (@NFLResearch):

  • QB Ben Roethlisberger enters the game with 59,837 career passing yards. With 163 yards passing Roethlisberger would become just the 7th QB in NFL history to pass for 60,000 yards
  • If Roethlisberger accomplished the feat he would tie Tom Brady for the 4th-fewest games (232) to reach 60,000 passing yards
  • Roethlisberger also enters the game needing just four completions to become the 6th QB in NFL history to complete 5,000 career passes
  • If Roethlisberger reaches the 5,000 completion plateau on Monday night he would reach the milestone in the 4th-fewest games in NFL history (232)

Steelers on Monday Night Football

  • Since Monday Night Football debuted in 1970, the Steelers have played in 73 contests and hold a 49-24 (.671) mark under the lights on Monday, including a 22-19 (.537) mark on the road
  • Pittsburgh's 67.1% win-rate on Monday Night Football is second-best in the NFL behind only the Seattle Seahawks (27-10 73.0%)
  • The Steelers have faced off against the Bengals 11 times on Monday Night Football, winning eight of the 11 matchups

Last Meeting - Week 10, Steelers 36, Bengals 10

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  • Pittsburgh led from wire to wire en-route to a 36-10 victory over the Bengals at Heinz Field
  • The win propelled the Steelers to a 9-0 start to the season, the first in team history
  • The games was the 63rd win against a QB drafted No. 1 overall in the NFL draft (98 total matchups)... the 2nd most since 1950
  • Pittsburgh sacked No. 1 pick Joe Burrow four times while holding him to 218 yards and one touchdown thru the air on 40 pass attempts

Series History

  • The Week 15 matchup between the Steelers and Bengals will be the 101st meeting between the two squads
  • Pittsburgh holds a 65-35 advantage in the series entering the game, including a 32-19 record in Cincinnati
  • The Steelers are currently on a 12 game win-streak against the Bengals with their last loss coming Nov. 1, 2015
  • Coach Mike Tomlin is 23-5 against Cincinnati at the helm of the Steelers including a 3-0 record against Bengals head coach Zac Taylor

What To Watch For from Steelers Media Network Members

Mike Prisuta - Steelers Radio Network Host
1. Hit somebody: The acknowledgements from Mike Tomlin on down about the lack of physicality in Buffalo were right on the money. Put the pads to use this time.
2. Make them earn it: The Bengals have struggled mightily on offense since quarterback Joe Burrow was injured four games ago. Mightily. Avoid at all cost surrendering touchdowns on pick-sixes or fumble, kickoff or punt returns.
3. Catch the ball: It's not an over-simplification to maintain many of the offensive problems of late are attributable to plays that should have been made but weren't. Be better.

Craig Wolfley - Steelers Radio Network Color Analyst
The key to a return to winning ways, in the Bengals game, starts and finishes with the singular word "Physicality." Be physical on offense, defense and special teams. Be physical on both sides of the ball. Be physical running routes, and covering routes. Be physical blocking and tackling. Be physical running the ball, and catching the ball. Just be physical. Any questions?

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