STEELERS at BENGALS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 KICKOFF 4:15 P.M. PAUL BROWN STADIUM
Steelers (1-1) vs. Bengals (1-1)
*Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009
Kickoff: 4:15 p.m., ET
Site: Paul Brown Stadium (65,515) • Cincinnati, Ohio
Playing Surface: Synthetic
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: 23-11 (.676)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 23-11 (.676)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis
Overall Regular-Season Record: 47-50-1 (.484)/seventh season
Regular-Season Record at Cincinnati: 47-50-1 (.484)/seventh season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
*Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 48-30
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 26-13
At Cincinnati: Pittsburgh leads 22-17
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 20, 2008 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 27, Cincinnati 10
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
*(postseason record included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh leads the all-time series 48-30 (including postseason) after sweeping the Bengals for the second consecutive year in 2008...Pittsburgh has won the previous five games in the series since the Bengals last won, 28-20, on September 24, 2006 at Heinz Field...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 have won eight straight games versus the Bengals in Cincinnati, with their last loss occurring in overtime, 26-23, on December 30, 2001...Pittsburgh owns a 24-9 mark against the Bengals since the beginning of the Free Agency Era in 1993...*QB Ben Roethlisberger *has an 8-2 record against the Bengals all-time in the regular season, 5-0 at Cincinnati, with 15 touchdowns and a passer rating of 88.2...the Steelers are 6-4 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 coach Mike Tomlin, who spent two seasons as the defensive backs coach at the University of Cincinnati. Defensive coordinator Dick 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 coach Ray Hortonplayed for the Bengals from 1983-88 and coached with Cincinnati from 1997-01. Quarterbacks coach Ken Andersonplayed 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 coach Amos Jones coached 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 49-30 all-time (including the postseason) against the Bengals.
• The Steelers look to improve to 2-0 against AFC opponents this year.
• The Steelers look for their eighth straight win in Cincinnati.
• The Steelers look improve to 23-17 all-time on the road in the series history.
• The Steelers look for their sixth win in the last eight games they have played on the road.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
*QB Ben Roethlisberger
• *Looks to improve to 6-0 all-time at Paul Brown Stadium.
* WR Hines Ward
• *Needs one touchdown to give him 454 career points, which would move him into sixth place on the team's all-time scoring list ahead of Norm Johnson (452 career points).
• Needs 60 yards to reach 10,000 career receiving yards, the first player in team history to accomplish the feat.
*TE Heath Miller
• Needs four touchdowns to move into second place ahead of Eric Green (24) on the team's all-time list for tight ends. Miller currently has 21 career touchdown receptions.