STEELERS vs. BENGALS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. HEINZ FIELD
Steelers (6-2) vs. Bengals (6-2)
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (6-2)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (ET)
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play) Phil Simms (color analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Radio Acir (Mexico City) 88.9 FM
A Look at the Coaches
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 28-12 (.700)/third season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 28-12 (.700)/third season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis
Overall Regular-Season Record: 52-51-1 (.505)/seventh season
Regular-Season Record at Cincinnati: 52-51-1 (.505)/seventh season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 47-31
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 26-13
At Cincinnati: Pittsburgh leads 21-18
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 27, 2009 (in Cincinnati)
Cincinnati 23, Pittsburgh 20
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
*(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh leads the all-time regular-season series 47-31 despite suffering a last-minute 23-20 setback to the Bengals earlier this year in Cincinnati (Week 3)...Pittsburgh had won the previous five games in the series...the Steelers have won two straight games at Heinz Field after dropping three of the previous four at home to the Bengals...the Steelers are 5-3 against the Bengals at Heinz Field...the Steelers had won eight straight games versus the Bengals in Cincinnati prior to their Week 3 loss this year...Pittsburgh owns a 24-10 mark against the Bengals since the beginning of the Free Agency Era in 1993...QB Ben*Roethlisbergerhas an 8-3 record against the Bengals all-time in the regular season...the Steelers are 6-5 all-time against the Bengals the year after winning the Super Bowl.*
* Steelers-Bengals Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Bengals and the Cincinnati area.
Steelers with connections to the Bengals include head coachMike Tomlin, who spent two seasons as the defensive backs coach at the University of Cincinnati. Defensive coordinatorDick
LeBeau, who was an assistant coach with the Bengals from 1980-91 and 1997-00 and was the team's head coach from 2000-02. Defensive backs coachRay Horton played for the Bengals from 1983-88 and coached with Cincinnati from 1997-01. Quarterbacks coachKen Anderson played for the Bengals for 16 seasons and was an assistant coach there for 10 years (1993-2002). He holds Cincinnati's team records for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes. Assistant special teams coachAmos Jonescoached at University of Cincinnati (1999-2002).LB Andre Frazier* is from Cincinnati, played for the Bengals for a portion of the 2006 and 2007 seasons and attended the University of Cincinnati.
There are a number of Bengals who have direct connections to the Steelers and the Pittsburgh area, including Head Coach Marvin Lewis, who is from McDonald, Pa., and was the Steelers linebackers coach from 1992-95. Lewis also coached at Pitt from 1990-91. Defensive line coach Jay Hayes, who is from South Fayette, Pa., was the Steelers' special teams coach from 1999-01. Tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes, Jay's younger brother, played tight end with the Steelers from 1994-96. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowskiwas the Steelers' wide receivers coach from 1999-2000.
What To Look For
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to improve to 48-31 all-time in the regular season against the Bengals.
• The Steelers look to improve to 2-1 against AFC North opponents this year.
• The Steelers look for their third straight win at Heinz Field against the Bengals.
• The Steelers look improve to 27-13 all-time in the regular season at home in the series history.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-0 at home on the year.
• The Steelers look for their sixth straight win on the season.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• Looks to improve to 13-2 all-time against AFC North opponents, including upping his home record to 8-0 against divisional foes.
LB James Harrison*
• Needs four sacks to move into ninth place on the team's all-time sack list ahead of Ernie Holmes (40.0). Harrison currently has 36.5 career sacks, including a team-high eight this season.