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This Week's AFC North Matchups: Week 6


SERIES LEADER: *Pittsburgh 66-57. *STREAKS: *Pittsburgh has won the past four games. *TOMLIN VS. CLEVELAND: *13-2. *PETTINE VS. PITTSBURGH: *0-1 *LAST GAME: **9/7/14: Steelers 30 vs. Browns 27: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and one touchdown. Steelers K Shaun Suisham converts game-winning 41-yard FG as time expires.


STEELERS:** QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 18-1 (.947) career record vs. Cle., best of any NFL QB vs. 1 team since at least 1970 (min. 15 starts), passing for 4,367 & 28 TDs vs. 13 INTs for 97.7 rating. Has posted 100 rating in 4 of 5 overall. Steelers are 53-7 (.883) when he posts 100 rating. RB LE'VEON BELL leads AFC with 688 scrimmage yards (460 rush, 228 rec.). Aims for 6th in row with 100 scrimmage yards. In 3 career meetings, has 391 scrimmage yards (130.3 per game). RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT had TD in last meeting. WR ANTONIO BROWN has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. Cle. Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 21 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. WR MARKUS WHEATON had 6 catches for 97 yards (16.2 avg.) in last meeting, both career-highs. TE HEATH MILLER has 5 career TDs vs. Cle., 2nd-most vs. any opponent (Bal.). Last week, TE MICHAEL PALMER scored TD on 1st catch of season… LB JASON WORILDS has 6 sacks in past 7 on road, including 1 vs. Jax. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 41 tackles.

BROWNS: Overcame 25-point deficit last week, largest comeback win by road team in NFL history. In 7 starts with Cle., QB BRIAN HOYER is 5-2 with 1,623 pass yards & 11 TDs vs. 4 INTs with 91.3 rating. Last week, threw 1st INT in 189 att., longest streak of any Browns QB since BERNIE KOSAR in 1990-91 (308). Last week, RB BEN TATE rushed for career-high 123 yards on 22 att. (5.6 avg.). RB TERRANCE WEST (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads NFL rookies with 235 rush yards & has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB ISIAH CROWELL (undrafted) leads NFL rookies with 3 rush TDs & has 160 rush yards on 33 att. (4.8 avg.). WR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had career-high 2 TD catches last week, both in 4th qtr., including game-winning 6-yarder with 1:09 remaining. WR MILES AUSTIN has TD in 2 of past 3. In SB XLIII vs. Pit. (w/ Az.), LB KARLOS DANSBY had INT & 8 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20 sacks (22) & 12 INTs (12), including INT in last meeting. Rookie CB K' WUAN WILLIAMS (undrafted) had 1st career sack last week vs. Titans.


SERIES LEADER:Series ties, 2-2.
STREAKS:Cincinnati has won the past two games.
LAST GAME:9/26/10: Bengals 20 at Panthers 7: Cincinnati RB Cedric Benson totals 90 yards and two touchdowns (1 rush, 1 rec.). Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham has 4 receptions for 59 yards.


PANTHERS:** QB CAM NEWTON has won 5 of past 8 vs. AFC. Threw 2 TDs last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player with 50 pass (69) & 20 rush (28) TDs. RB CHRIS OGBONNAYA had rush TD last week in Car. debut. In last meeting, RB DEANGELO WILLIAMS averaged 6.4 yards per carry (64 yards, 10 att.). RB JONATHAN STEWART had rush TD in last game vs. Cin. Rookie WR KELVIN BENJAMIN leads NFL rookies with 367 rec. yards. Ties for 1st among NFL rookies with 3 rec. TDs. TE GREG OLSEN had 2 rec. TDs last week & has 4 rec. TDs this season, tied for most by NFC TE. Rookie PR PHILLY BROWN had 79-yard PR-TD last week, his 1st career TD. Since entering NFL in 2012, LB LUKE KUECHLY leads league with 381 tackles. DE CHARLES JOHNSON had sack in last meeting. CB CHARLES GODFREY had 38-yard INT in last game vs. Cin. In only game vs. Cin. (12/5/10 with NO), S ROMAN HARPER had 9 tackles & sack (16 yards). Harper & S THOMAS DECOUD each had INT last week. DE MARIO ADDISON is 3rd in NFC with career-high 4 sacks.

BENGALS: Aim for 12th consecutive regular-season home win. In past 11 reg.-sea. home games, QB ANDY DALTON is 11-0 with 2,563 pass yards & 22 TDs for 97.7 rating. Bengals are 20-3 (.870) when Dalton posts 90 rating. Has 33-19 (.634) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). RB GIOVANI BERNARD is only NFL player with 200 rush yards (247), 3 rush TDs (3) & 150 rec. yards (158) in 2014. In past 6 at home, averages 99.5 scrimmage yards per game (597 total; 323 rush, 274 rec.) & 3 rush TDs. WR A.J. GREEN led team with 5 catches for 81 yards & TD last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 receiving yards, most in AFC. Has 4 TDs in past 5 at home. WR MOHAMED SANU has TD catch in 2 of past 3, including 37-yarder vs. NE. Since 2012, GENO ATKINS leads NFL DTs with 18.5 sacks. DE ROBERT GEATHERS had sack vs. NE, 1st since 11/11/12. In only career meeting, LB VONTAZE BURFICT had sack. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has sack in 3 of past 4.


SERIES LEADER: Series tied, 2-2.
STREAKS: Baltimore has won the past two games.
LAST GAME: **11/28/10: Ravens 17 vs. Buccaneers 10: Baltimore QB Joe Flacco throws for 289 yards and two touchdowns, including 65-yard touchdown to TE Todd Heap. Ravens WR Derrick Mason adds 87 receiving yards and one touchdown.


The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the game against the Cleveland Browns.

RAVENS:** In only meeting (11/28/10), QB JOE FLACCO passed for 289 yards with 2 TDs & 1 INT for 103.2 rating. Ravens are 30-4 (.882) when Flacco has 100 rating. RB JUSTIN FORSETT has NFL-best 5.9 rush avg. (50 att., 297 yards). Last week, led team with 42 rush yards on 6 att. (7 avg.), including 11-yard TD, & had 55 receiving yards on 7 catches. Rookie RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO (Round 4, No. 138 overall) has rush TD in 2 of past 3. WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 6 career TD catches & 7 100-yard games vs. Buccaneers. TE OWEN DANIELS had team-high 70 receiving yards last week, most since joining Ravens. LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads team with 47 tackles, most among NFL rookies, including game-high 14 tackles & INT last week. Last week, DT HALOTI NGATA posted 5th career INT, tied for most among NFL DTs since at least 1970. Since 2003, LB TERRELL SUGGS has 95 sacks, 3rd-most in AFC. LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 3.5 sacks in past 4 vs. NFC.

BUCCANEERS: QB MIKE GLENNON has won all 3 career starts vs. AFC. QB JOSH MC COWN defeated Bal. last year (11/17/13 with Chi.) & had 92.9 rating. RB DOUG MARTIN has 832 scrimmage yards (118.9 per game), 644 rush yards (92 per game) & 6 TDs in 7 games vs. AFC. RB BOBBY RAINEY has 3 100-yard rush games in past 5 at home. In those 3, has rushed for 434 yards (144.7 per game) & 3 TDs. Had rush TD last week. In past 2 vs. Bal., WR VINCENT JACKSON has 9 catches for 225 yards (112.5 per game) & 1 TD. Had 8 catches for 144 yards week. Among active players (min. 300 catches), has NFL-best 17.2 rec. avg. WR LOUIS MURPHY had 20-yard TD catch last week. DT GERALD MCCOY has 9.5 sacks in past 12. Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with sack. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. In past 6 vs. AFC, LB LAVONTE DAVID has 56 tackles, 4 INTs, 3.5 sacks & FF. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 175 tackles (196), 5 sacks (7) & 5 INTs (5). LB DANNY LANSANAH had 33-yard INT-TD last week, his 2nd in past 3 weeks. CB ALTERRAUN VERNER had INT in last game vs. Bal. (9/18/11 with Ten.). Had INT last week. S DASHON GOLDSON had 9 tackles vs. Bal. in SB XLVII (with SF).

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