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OPENING LINE — Steelers by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Steelers 5-4-1; Bengals 4-6

SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 65-35

LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Bengals 27-3, Sept. 30

LAST WEEK — Steelers lost to Browns 21-7; Bengals lost to Raiders 17-10

AP PRO32 RANKING — Steelers No. 17, Bengals No. 32





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers have won nine straight in series, 12 of 13 and 17 of 20, including first-round playoff win at Paul Brown Stadium in 2015 season. ... Bengals are only winless team in NFL. ... Pittsburgh dominated first matchup at Heinz Field, limiting Bengals to 175 total yards and sacking Andy Dalton eight times. ... Pittsburgh without C Maurkice Pouncey, serving suspension for role in brawl at end of loss to Cleveland last week. ... Pittsburgh likely to play without injured RB James Conner (shoulder) and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion/knee). ... Rookie RB Benny Snell Jr. expected to return after missing month with knee injury. ... QB Mason Rudolph fifth in NFL history with TD pass in each of first eight career games. ... Steelers have at least one sack in 51 straight games, longest active streak in NFL and eighth longest in league history. ... Pittsburgh second in NFL in takeaways (26) and turnover differential (plus-9), but had just one sack, no takeaways against Browns. ... LB Devin Bush leads NFL rookies in tackles (74). ... Pittsburgh second in NFL in fewest sacks allowed (15) but struggling in run game. Steelers are 24th or worse in yards rushing, rushing TDs and yards per carry. ... Pittsburgh LB T.J. Watt leads NFL in QB hits (24); his 10 1-2 sacks rank third in league. ... With Ben Roethlisberger sidelined, Steelers rank 28th in total offense, on pace for worst offensive performance since 1989. Team won division that season at 9-7. ... Bengals have matched worst start in club history and longest losing streak. Cincinnati has dropped 12 straight overall from last season, a club record, and 17 of 18, worst such stretch in its history. ... Rookie Ryan Finley makes third start in place of Dalton, who was benched as Bengals evaluate QB options for next season. Finley has completed only 47.5 percent (29 of 61) for 282 yards with one TD, two INTs and one TD. Longest completion is 24 yards. ... WR A.J. Green expected to miss 11th game while recovering from ankle surgery in training camp. LT Cordy Glenn could return after missing first 11 with concussion and one-game team suspension. ... Bengals have rushed for 157 and 173 yards in last two games, trying to take pressure off Finley. ... Fantasy tip: Joe Mixon carried career-high 30 times in Finley’s debut vs. Ravens and 15 times last week vs. Raiders, becoming focal point with rookie at QB.


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