STEELERS at BENGALSSUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008 KICKOFF -- 1:00 P.M.
Steelers (4-1) vs. Bengals (0-6)
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-6)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (ET)
Site: Paul Brown Stadium (65,515) • Cincinnati, Ohio
Playing Surface: Synthetic
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) Rich Gannon (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)
**A Look at the Coaches
*Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 14-7 (.667)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 14-7 (.667)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis
Overall Regular-season Record: 42-44 (.488)/sixth season
Regular-season Record at Cincinnati: 42-44 (.488)/sixth season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
Series History: Series began in 1970
*Overall: Pittsburgh leads 46-30
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 25-13
At Cincinnati: Pittsburgh leads 21-17
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 2, 2007 (in Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh 24, Cincinnati 10
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
*(postseason record included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 46-30 all-time record against the Cincinnati Bengals (including postseason), including a 21-17 record at Cincinnati and a 25-13 mark at home...Pittsburgh has won seven of the past nine games against the Bengals and 10 of the past 14...the Steelers have won their last six games at Cincinnati and eight of their last nine road games in the series...Cincinnati last posted a home win against Pittsburgh, 26-23 in overtime, on Dec. 30, 2001...the Steelers' 21 road victories all-time against the Bengals are second-most against any opponent in the team's history...Head CoachMike Tomlin *is 2-0 against the Bengals...Bengals' Head Coach Marvin Lewis, the Steelers' linebackers coach from 1992-95, is only 3-8 against his former team...Steelers'RB Willie Parker *has four 100-yard games versus the Bengals, tied with the Browns for most among opponents.
*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 coached at the University of Cincinnati (1999-2002). LB Andre Frazier 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. DE Orien Harriswas the Steelers' fourth round (4b) draft pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. RB Kenny Watson played at Penn State.
What To Look For
* PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to improve to 47-30 all-time (including the postseason) against the Bengals.
• The Steelers look to improve to 3-0 against AFC North division opponents this year.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-0 against AFC opponents this year.
• The Steelers look for their seventh straight win in Cincinnati.
• The Steelers look improve to 22-17 all-time on the road in the series history.
• The Steelers need seven victories to become the first AFC team to reach 550 total victories. Pittsburgh's all-time record is 543-517-21.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
* QB Ben Roethlisberger*
• Needs 248 yards passing to move past Neil O'Donnell (12,867 yards) into third place on the team's all-time passing yards list. Roethlisberger currently has 12,620 passing yards.
• Needs nine touchdown passes to become just the second quarterback in team history to throw 100 career touchdown passes (Terry Bradshaw - 212). Roethlisberger currently has 91 career touchdown passes.
• Needs one 300-yard passing game to move into sole possession for second place on the team's all-time list behind only Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger currently has four and is tied with Neil O'Donnell.
WR Hines Ward
•Needs one 100-yard receiving game to move into sole possession of second place on the team's all-time receiving list. He currently has 16, which is tied with Louis Lipps (1984-91).
•Needs 521 yards from scrimmage to reach 10,000 total yards for his career. He currently has 9,479 total yards from scrimmage (9,053 receiving, 426 rushing).
*RB Willie Parker
• *Needs 79 total yards from scrimmage to move into 10th place on the team's all-time list. Parker currently has 5,081 total yards from scrimmage.
*• *Needs one rushing touchdown to move into a tie for eighth place for rushing touchdowns on the team's all-time list with Rocky Bleier. Parker currently has 22 rushing touchdowns.
*• *Needs 15 rushing attempts to move into fourth place on the team's career list ahead of John Henry Johnson (1,025). Parker currently has 1,011 career rushing attempts.
*TE Heath Miller
• *Needs three touchdown receptions to pass Bennie Cunningham (20) for third on team's all-time touchdowns list for a tight end. Miller currently has 18 receiving touchdowns.
*K Jeff Reed
• Needs three field goals to move past Roy Gerela (146) into second place on the team's all-time field goals made list. Reed currently has 144 career field goals.
*DE Aaron Smith
*• *Needs 1.5 sacks to move past Ernie Holmes (40) into eighth place on the team's all-time sacks list. Smith currently has 38.5 career sacks.