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PITTSBURGH (2 - 2 - 1) at CINCINNATI (4 - 1)
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Week 6 Sunday, 10/14/2018 1:00 PM
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PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-2-1.22-34-128.617.0405.0(6.2)2.026.611.0401.2(6)1.6
Road Games1-0+11-12-025.518.5442.5(6.5)3.524.05.0391.0(5.4)2.5
Last 3 Games2-1+0.52-12-128.319.0359.3(6.1)1.323.311.3410.0(6.1)2.0
Division Games0-1-1.50-21-117.510.5378.0(5.6)
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.617.023.230:2222-84(3.8)28-4364.2%321(7.5)65-405(6.2)(14.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games25.518.523.532:4628-118(4.2)26-3967.1%324(8.2)68-442(6.5)(17.4)
Defense (All Games)26.611.024.031:3826-105(4.1)25-4162.0%296(7.2)67-401(6)(15.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.27.814.522.631:4526-103(3.9)25-3963.0%300(7.7)65-403(6.2)(14.5)
Defense Road Games24.05.025.032:1327-120(4.4)22-4550.0%271(6)72-391(5.4)(16.3)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.6213-536.8%1-166.7%2-42(23.5)18-2(8.3)8-76
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-538.1%1-150.0%3-43(16.5)1-15(10.9)9-74
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.41.2 13-641.0%1-160.4%2-37(20)19-2(9)8-67
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-429.6%1-050.0%4-57(14.2)1-7(7.5)10-83

CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-1+3.34-14-130.616.0367.6(6.2)1.626.017.8394.8(5.9)1.6
Home Games2-0+22-01-130.514.0352.5(5.6)0.520.014.0361.0(5.4)3.0
Last 3 Games2-1+1.32-12-128.314.0378.3(6.3)
Turf Games2-0+22-01-130.514.0352.5(5.6)0.520.014.0361.0(5.4)3.0
Division Games1-0+11-01-034.028.0373.0(5.3)
CINCINNATI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)30.616.023.029:1622-95(4.3)25-3765.8%272(7.3)59-368(6.2)(12)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.411.721.931:1225-104(4.2)25-3865.3%266(7)63-370(5.9)(15.2)
Offense Home Games30.514.020.531:1227-105(3.9)22-3661.1%247(6.9)63-352(5.6)(11.6)
Defense (All Games)26.017.823.430:4426-118(4.5)27-4165.5%277(6.7)67-395(5.9)(15.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.512.921.330:5325-102(4.1)25-3965.2%259(6.7)63-361(5.7)(14.7)
Defense Home Games20.014.022.528:4722-97(4.4)26-4557.8%264(5.9)67-361(5.4)(18)
CINCINNATI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-852.7%1-142.9%2-54(27)1-17(14.5)7-68
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.80.61.4 14-642.5%1-052.6%2-41(25.7)18-2(9.6)7-60
Stats Against (Home Games) 14-537.9%2-160.0%2-60(30.2)2-41(20.7)8-68
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 21.4,  CINCINNATI 20
PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ CLEVELAND21-21T-3L41O35-15923-41-313638-17715-40-1501
9/16/2018KANSAS CITY37-42L-4L53O13-3339-60-442025-12723-28-3221
9/24/2018@ TAMPA BAY30-27W1W55O22-7830-38-335116-6330-50-3924
10/14/2018@ CINCINNATI            
11/4/2018@ BALTIMORE            

CINCINNATI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ INDIANAPOLIS34-23W0W47.5O20-10121-28-229222-7539-53-3052
9/23/2018@ CAROLINA21-31L3L44O13-6629-46-330441-23015-24-1470
9/30/2018@ ATLANTA37-36W3W52O23-9929-41-308124-9229-39-4030
10/21/2018@ KANSAS CITY            
10/28/2018TAMPA BAY            
11/11/2018NEW ORLEANS            
PITTSBURGH: QB Ben Roethlisberger gets the ball out quickly most of the time, with plenty of downfield bombs worked in. WR Antonio Brown remains the top receiver in the NFL, and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster impressed as a rookie while ascending to the No. 2 role. RB Le'Veon Bell is a good enough pass-catcher to play WR, and his patient running style behind a robust O-line allows the Steelers to pound with the running game when defenses focus on the pass. The Steelers' defense was gashed in the run game and beaten with long passes too often last season. Pittsburgh led the league with 56 sacks last year (12 by All-Pro DE Cam Heyward) and hope that former Packers S Morgan Burnett and first-round draft pick S Terrell Edmunds can sure up the secondary. The linebacking unit will continue to struggle without ILB Ryan Shazier, a player whose athleticism simply cannot be replaced.
CINCINNATI: Cincinnati's offensive woes the past two seasons were largely a product of poor line play. First-round draft pick C Billy Price and former Bills OT Cordy Glenn could be major upgrades. WR A.J. Green is a nightmare to defend, RB Joe Mixon flashed elite potential as a rookie and speedy second-year WR John Ross is back from a 2017 lost to injury. While QB Andy Dalton is more of a game-manager than a playmaker, he has more weapons than ever. Longtime defensive-line tandem DE Carlos Dunlap and DT Geno Atkins are monsters up front, each contributing over 60 career sacks for Cincy. LB Vontaze Burfict is productive when he stays out of trouble, and former Bills LB Preston Brown is an upgrade in the middle of the defense. In William Jackson, Dre Kirkpatrick and Darqueze Dennard, the Bengals have a trio of former first-round CBs who held opponents to 6.5 yards per attempt in 2017.
Bengals, Steelers prepare for pivotal game in AFC North

The Pittsburgh Steelers are usually the team that sits atop the AFC North while others try to chase them down, but through five games this season, the Cincinnati Bengals are the team that's sitting pretty in first place.

When the Bengals (4-1) play host to the Steelers (2-2-1) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, they could take early command of the division. But if the Steelers win, they'll be just a half game out of first place and right back in the thick of the race.

"I think both teams realize this division is a lot tighter than it has been in years," Steelers guard Ramon Foster said. "The teams that execute and don't hurt themselves will be the No. 1 seed."

The Bengals are winning in different ways -- capitalizing on turnovers, piling up offense, pulling off late dramatics and grinding.

"Last week, it was the offense," Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said. "This week, it was the defense."

The Bengals roared back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter last Sunday for a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

The rally began with running back Joe Mixon's 18-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Then the defense stepped up in a big way.

First it was defensive end Michael Johnson, who alertly got his hands on a ball that went off a helmet and raced into the end zone for a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Then came a 19-yard fumble return for a score by rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard off a Carlos Dunlap strip-sack to ice it with 2:37 remaining.

"It's really a credit to Carlos Dunlap," Hubbard said. "He was chasing the quarterback down and hit the ball right into my lap. All I had to do was run straight."

The Bengals produced multiple defensive touchdowns for the first time since Oct. 27, 2013, when Adam Jones and Chris Crocker did it in a rout of the New York Jets.

Meanwhile, the offense is producing. The Bengals are fourth in the NFL in scoring (30.6 points per game) and A.J. Green has 26 receptions for 409 yards and five touchdowns.

A Cincinnati win could change the narrative of who is in charge in the AFC North.

"Nobody gave us a chance when the season started," Green said. "Why do they believe in us now? We're going to continue to keep playing and keep playing for each other."

Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick took it a step further.

"We're the team to beat right now. Not them," Kirkpatrick said.

But the Bengals also must face the fact that they're 1-7 at home against the Steelers in the Dalton-Green era, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has a 14-2 record in Cincinnati, and Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis is 5-18 against Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

The Steelers offense established the run early last week in a win over the Atlanta Falcons despite the continued absence of unsigned running back Le'Veon Bell. They will look to do the same against a Bengals defense that has struggled to stop the run.

The Dolphins averaged 5.8 yards per carry last week and the Bengals rank 23rd in the league against the run.

The Steelers' ability to get second-year back James Conner going against the Falcons paid big dividends in the passing game in the second half. Roethlisberger threw two of his three touchdown passes after halftime, including a 47-yard strike to Antonio Brown.

"I think we just got to see what we're capable of doing," Roethlisberger said. "I think guys did their job. We talk about trying not to do too much, doing more than your job. I tell the guys before the game: If we, collectively, if we all do our jobs, we're pretty darn good."

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