PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-5) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (8-3-1)
SERIES LEADER:Pittsburgh 53-34
STREAKS: Pittsburgh has won six of past eight games.
TOMLIN VS. CINCINNATI:10-4
LEWIS VS. PITTSBURGH:7-16
LAST GAME:12/15/13: Steelers 30 vs. Bengals 20: Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown scored 2 TDs (1 receiving, 1 PR). Steelers' rookie RB Le'Veon Bell added 107 scrimmage yards (57 rushing, 50 receiving) & TD.
STEELERS:In past 6,QB BEN ROETHLISBERGERhas 2,112 pass yards (352/game) with 18 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 109.1 rating. Incl. playoffs, Steelers are 40-5 (.889) when Roethlisberger has 110 rating (min. 15 att.). Has 245 career TD passes & needs 5 to become 1st player in club history to reach 250.RB LE'VEON BELLleads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,689 scrim. yards (1,046 rush, 643 rec.). 1st player in club history with 1,000 rush & 500 rec. yards in season. Has 100 scrimmage yards in 10 of past 12.WR ANTONIO BROWNleads NFL with 1,258 rec. yards & is 1st player in franchise history with back-to-back 1,200-yard rec. seasons. Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 28 consec. games, longest such streak in NFL history. Has 357 career rec. & needs 2 to surpassLOUIS LIPPS(358) for 4th-most in Steelers history. RookieWR MARTAVIS BRYANT(Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) has 6 TD catches in 6 career games.LB LAWRENCE TIMMONSleads team with 99 tackles.LB JASON WORILDS** has 2.5 sacks in past 3, incl. 1 vs. NO.
BENGALS:Are 13-1-1 in past 15 reg.-sea. home games. Have won 5 of past 6 overall. In past 15 at home, QB ANDY DALTONhas passed for 3,471 yards with 26 TDs. Has 38-21-1 (.642) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In 4 career home starts, RB GIOVANI BERNARDhas 427 scrimmage yards (319 rush, 108 rec.) & 5 rush TDs. In past 5, RB JEREMY HILL (Round 2, No. 55 overall) has rushed for 488 yards on 94 att. (5.2 avg.) with 3 TDs. Leads NFL rookies in rush yards (683) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (6). WR A.J. GREENhas 4 TDs in past 6, incl. 13-yarder last week. Has 19 career 100-yard games, tied with CARL PICKENS for 3rd-most in club history. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,519 rec. yards, 3rd-most in AFC. Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20.5 sacks, tied for 2nd among AFC DTs. LB EMMANUEL LAMUR leads team with 83 tackles. CB TERENCE NEWMAN posted 1st INT of season vs. TB.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (8-4) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (7-5)
SERIES LEADER:Cleveland 14-13
STREAKS:Indianapolis has won six of last seven games.
PAGANO VS. CLEVELAND:1-0
PETTINE VS. INDIANAPOLIS:0-0
LAST GAME:10/21/12: Colts 17 vs. Browns 13: Indianapolis rookie QB Andrew Luck threw for 186 yards & rushed for 2 TDs. Colts RB Vick Ballard added 84 rushing yards.
COLTS: Scored 6 TDs of 30 yards last week, 1st team to do so since 1966 Redskins. Last week,QB ANDREW LUCK(34) joined HOFerJOHNNY UNITAS& *PEYTON MANNINGas only QBs in club history with 30 TDs in season. 1 of 3 NFL players to pass for 4,000 yards in 2 of 1st 3 NFL seasons (Manning,DAN MARINO). Rushed for 2 TDs in only meeting.RB TRENT RICHARDSON *(1,958) needs 42 rush yards to reach 2,000 career.RB DANIEL HERRONhad career-high 88 rush yards, incl. career-long 49-yard TD, last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 95 scrimmage yards.WR T.Y. HILTONleads team with career-high 1,145 receiving yards. Has TD catch in 4 of past 5.WR REGGIE WAYNE aims for 5th in row with 4 catches vs. Cle. RookieWR DONTE MONCRIEFhad career-high 134 yards on 3 catches (44.7) & 2 TDs vs. Was. Last week,TE COBY FLEENERhad 4 catches for 127 yards & became 1st TE with TD rec. of 70 & 30 yards in same game since 1972 (RICH CASTER).LB D'QWELL JACKSON **leads team with 101 tackles & has career-high 4 sacks. Had 35-yard FR-TD vs. Was.
BROWNS:In 15 starts with Cle., QB BRIAN HOYER is 10-5 with 3,671 pass yards & 16 TDs. Last week, rookie QB JOHNNY MANZIEL (No. 22 overall) completed 5 of 8 for 63 yards & scored 1st career rush TD (10 yards). Browns are only NFL team with 2 rookies with 400 rushing yards –RBs TERRANCE WEST(502) & ISAIAH CROWELL(475). Crowell (undrafted) leads NFL rookies with 7 rush TDs. West (Rd. 3, No. 94 overall) leads team & ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 502 rush yards. WR JOSH GORDON had 7 catches for 75 yards last week & aims for 4th in row with 7 rec. In past 13, has 84 rec. for 1,538 yards & 7 TDs. WR MILES AUSTIN led team with season-high 7 rec. for 86 yards last week. CB JOE HADENhad INT last week vs. Buf. & aims for 4th in row with INT.S DONTE WHITNERleads team with 79 tackles. Last week, S JIM LEONHARDposted 1st INT since joining Browns.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-5)
SERIES LEADER:Miami 5-4
STREAKS:Baltimore has won past three games.
HARBAUGH VS. MIAMI:4-0
PHILBIN VS. BALTIMORE:0-1
LAST GAME:10/6/13: Ravens 26 at Dolphins 23. Baltimore RB Ray Rice rushed for 74 yards & 2 TDs. Ravens WR Torrey Smith had 6 catches for 121 yards.
AVENS: In 3 career meetings,QB JOE FLACCO is 3-0 & has completed 56 of 82 (68.3 pct.) for 767 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 105.1 rating. Ravens are 49-9 (.844) when Flacco posts 90 rating (incl. playoffs).RB JUSTIN FORSETT rushed for 106 yards vs. SD & is 1st Raven with 3 consec. 100-yard games since 2003 (JAMAL LEWIS). Leads NFL RBs with 5.6 rush avg. (179 att., 1,009 yards). In 3 career starts vs. Mia. (with Car.),WR STEVE SMITH,**SR.has 23 catches for 326 yards & 4 TDs. 1 of 6 active players with 80 career TDs (72 rec., 4 PR, 2 rush, 2 KR). In only career meeting, WR TORREY SMITH had 6 catches for 121 yards (20.2 average). Has 8 TDs in past 9, incl. 2 vs. SD. Needs 2 TD catches to join MICHAEL JACKSON (14 in 1996) as only Ravens with 10 TD rec. in season.TE OWEN DANIELS (5,002) had 30 rec. yards vs. SD & reached 5,000 career. Rookie LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads AFC with 102 tackles. In 6 career meetings, LB TERRELL SUGGS has 7 sacks, incl. 3 in last meeting. Aims for 6th in row with sack vs. Dolphins. Has 6.5 sacks in past 7 overall. LB ELVIS DUMERVILhas 12.5 sacks in past 11. Had sack in last meeting.
DOLPHINS:In past 9,QB RYAN TANNEHILL has completed 212 of 300 (70.7 pct.) for 2,193 pass yards & 16 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 99.5 rating. Club is 16-2 (.889) when Tannehill has 90 rating. Has 70 comp. pct. in 5 consecutive games, longest such streak in club history (min. 15 att.). RB LAMAR MILLER led team with 56 rush yards & TD last week. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3 at home. WR MIKE WALLACEhad 7 catches for 105 yards in last meeting, incl. 49-yarder. Rookie WR-KR JARVIS LANDRY (Round 2, No. 63 overall) has 4 TD rec. in past 5. Leads NFL rookies in KR avg. (29.8). TE DION SIMS had career-high 58 rec. yards last week vs. NYJ & aims for 3rd in row with 4 catches. In past 8, DE CAMERON WAKE has 7.5 sacks, FF & FR.S RESHAD JONES had 25-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Had INT vs. NYJ. Since joining Dolphins in 2013, CB BRENT GRIMES has 9 INTs, 2nd most among NFL CBs. LB JELANI JENKINS leads team with 93 tackles, incl. career-high 16 vs. NYJ. LB KOA MISI posted 1st sack of season vs. NYJ. Had sack in last meeting.