BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-3) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (5-3)
SERIES LEADER:Pittsburgh 20-17
STREAKS:Baltimore has won two straight.
HARBAUGH VS. PITTSBURGH:7-8
TOMLIN VS. BALTIMORE:9-8
LAST GAME:9/11/14 Ravens 26 vs. Steelers 6: Baltimore QB Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to TE Owen Daniels. Ravens K Justin Tucker made all four field goal attempts (30, 23, 22, 20).
RAVENS: **QB JOE FLACCO is 26-14 (.650) all-time vs. AFC North. Has won 5 of past 7 vs. Pit., passing for 1,508 yards with 9 TDs vs. 1 INT for 91.1 rating. RB JUSTIN FORSETT has AFC-best 5.5 rush avg. (104 att., 571 yards). RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO (Rd. 4, No. 138 overall) had career-high 2 rush TDs last week & has 4 in 2014, tied for most among NFL rookies. RB BERNARD PIERCE rushed for 96 yards in last meeting, 2nd-highest career total. WR STEVE SMITH, SR. has 4 100-yard rec. games, tied for most in NFL. WR TORREY SMITH has 4 TDs in past 5. TE OWEN DANIELS had 2 TDs in last meeting. LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads AFC with 73 tackles, most among NFL rookies. DT HALOTI NGATA had INT in last meeting. 1 of 4 NFL DTs with 5 career INTs since 1970. LB TERRELL SUGGS has 14.5 career sacks vs. Pit., 2nd-most vs. any opponent. In 7 career meetings, LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 6 sacks.
STEELERS:Last week, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for club record 522 yards & 6 TDs. Only player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games. Has 100-50 record as starter & is 1 of 4 QBs in SB era to win 100 games in 1st 150 starts. RB LE'VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,086 scrimmage yards (691 rush, 395 rec.). Aims for 9th in row with 100 scrimmage yards. In 8 career games vs. AFC North, averages 118.1 scrimmage yards per game (945 total; 643 rush, 302 rec.) with 4 rush TDs. In past 11 at home, WR ANTONIO BROWN has 78 catches for 1,258 yards & 11 TDs. Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 24 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. WR LANCE MOORE had TD catch in only meeting 12/19/10…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 67 tackles. Last week, LB JAMES HARRISON had 1st sack since rejoining Pit. in Week 4. S TROY POLAMALU had sack vs. Colts.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-7) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-2-1)
SERIES LEADER:Jacksonville 11-8
STREAKS:Cincinnati has won three straight.
BRADLEY VS. CINCINNATI:0-0
LEWIS VS. JACKSONVILLE:3-1
LAST GAME:9/30/12: Bengals 27 at Jaguars 10: Cincinnati WR A.J. Green had 6 catches for 117 yards and one touchdown. Bengals QB Andy Dalton recorded 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing).
NOTESJAGUARS:Rookie QB BLAKE BORTLES (No. 3 overall) passed for 221 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD pass. Has 191 rush yards on 27 att. (7.1 avg.), 2nd among AFC QBs. RB DENARD ROBINSON rushed for 108 yards last week & aims for 3rd in row with 100 . Rookie RB STORM JOHNSON (Rd. 7, No. 222 overall) aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Jaguars are only NFL team this season with 2 rookies with 350 receiving yards each – WRs ALLEN ROBINSON (453) & ALLEN HURNS (354). Last week, Robinson led team with 5 catches for 82 yards & TD. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Ranks 2nd amongst AFC rookies in receiving yards. Hurns has 3 TD receptions, 2nd-most among AFC rookies. Defense is tied for 2nd in NFL with 25 sacks. DE CHRIS CLEMONS has sack in 3 of past 4. Had sack in only career game at Cin. (11/16/08 with Eagles). DE RYAN DAVIS had career-high 2 sacks last week. DT SEN' DERRICK MARKS had sack last week & needs 1.5 more to surpass career-high of 4 in 2013. LB J.T. THOMAS III had 1st career INT vs. Mia.
The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the game against the Baltimore Ravens.
BENGALS:** Are 12-0-1 in past 13 at home. In past 13 at home, QB ANDY DALTON has passed for 3,152 yards with 24 TDs vs. 13 INTs for 96.6 rating. Had career-high 2 rush TDs last week, incl. GW 1-yarder with 57 seconds remaining. Has 34-20-1 (.627) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In 4 career home starts, RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 427 scrimmage yards (319 rush, 108 rec.; 106.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs. 1 of 2 NFL players with 400 rush yards (446), 5 rush TDs (5) & 175 rec. yards (179) this season (DE MARCO MURRAY). In 2 career meetings, WR A.J. GREEN has 11 catches for 207 yards & 2 TDs. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,147 rec. yards, 3rd-most in AFC. Last week, WR MOHAMED SANU had career-high 125 yards on 5 catches (25 avg.). Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20 sacks, tied for most among NFL DTs, incl. 2 in last meeting. LB VONTAZE BURFICT had sack in only meeting. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had sack in last meeting. S REGGIE NELSON leads team with 48 tackles.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-6) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3)
SERIES LEADER:Cleveland 5-3
STREAKS:Tampa Bay has won three straight.
SMITH VS. CLEVELAND:1-1
PETTINE VS. TAMPA BAY:0-0
LAST GAME:9/12/10: Buccaneers 17 vs. Browns 14: Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman threw for 182 yards and two touchdowns, including 33-yarder to WR Micheal Spurlock. Buccaneers defense recorded 3 FFs & 2 INTs.
NOTESBUCCANEERS: QB MIKE GLENNON has won 3 of 4 starts vs. AFC. Aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with 2 TDs. Has 300 yards in each of past 2 vs. AFC. RB DOUG MARTIN has 896 scrimmage yards (112 per game), 689 rush yards (86.1 per game) & 6 TDs in 8 games vs. AFC. RB BOBBY RAINEY played 6 games with Cle. in 2013 before joining TB. Rookie WR MIKE EVANS has 4 catches in all 6 career games. Among active players (min. 300 catches), WR VINCENT JACKSON has NFL-best 17.2 rec. avg. Rookie TE AUSTIN SEFERIAN-JENKINS had 1st career TD catch last week. WR LOUIS MURPHY has TD catch in 2 of past 3. DT GERALD MC COY has sack in 3 of past 4 vs. AFC. Had FF in last meeting. Has 10 sacks in past 14. In past 7 vs. AFC, LB LAVONTE DAVID has 70 tackles, 4 INTs, 3.5 sacks & FF. Since 2013, is only player in NFL with 200 tackles (224), 5 sacks (7) & 5 INTs (5). LB DANNY LANSANAH leads NFL with 2 INT-TDs. In last game vs. Cle. (10/30/11 with SF), S DASHON GOLDSON had INT.
BROWNS: In 10 starts with Browns, QB BRIAN HOYER is 7-3 with 2,329 pass yards & 13 TDs vs. 5 INTs with 88.5 rating. Has 90 rating in 5 of past 7. Browns are only NFL team to have 2 rookies with 250 rush yards – RBs ISAIAH CROWELL (256) & TERRANCE WEST (254). Crowell has 4 rush TDs, tied for most among NFL rookies. In only career meeting (11/13/11 with Hou.), RB BEN TATE rushed for 63 yards & TD. Has 3 rush TDs in past 3 overall. WR ANDREW HAWKINS led team in catches (7) & yards (88) with TD last week. WR MILES AUSTIN aims for 4th in row vs. TB with 100 receiving yards or TD catch. TE JORDAN CAMERON has 4 TDs in past 4 vs. NFC. LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 56 tackles. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20 sacks (24) & 12 INTs (12). LB PAUL KRUGER had career-high 3 sacks last week. Since 2013, S TASHAUN GIPSON leads NFL safeties with 10 INTs, incl. 1 last week vs. Raiders.* *