NFL Capsule: Bengals at Steelers

NFL Capsule: Bengals at Steelers
December 20, 2012, 2:33 pm
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CINCINNATI (8-6) At PITTSBURGH (7-7)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 5

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cincinnati 7-6-1; Pittsburgh 6-8

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 53-32

AP PRO32 RANKING - Bengals No. 13; Steelers No. 15

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Bengals 24-17, Oct. 21

LAST WEEK - Bengals beat Eagles 34-13; Steelers lost to Cowboys 27-24 OT

BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (11), PASS (17)

BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (9), PASS (12)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (19), RUSH (26), PASS (10)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Bengals have won five of six and can clinch second straight playoff berth with win. Cincinnati hasn't made playoffs in consecutive years since 1981-82. ... Steelers need to win each of final two games to make third consecutive playoff appearance. ... Steelers first in NFL in total defense but 27th in turnovers forced with 15. ... Pittsburgh has won five straight and 10 of last 12 against Bengals. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger needs 89 yards for seventh straight 3,000-yard season. ... Bengals WR A.J. Green has touchdowns in each of his three games against Pittsburgh. ... Steelers did not have penalty last week against Dallas for ninth time in franchise history. Steelers 1-8 in those games. ... Cincinnati leads NFL with 43 sacks. ... Bengals QB Andy Dalton one of three players in NFL history with 20 or more touchdown passes in first two seasons (Dan Marino, Peyton Manning). ... Roethlisberger 34-9 against AFC North opponents, including 14-4 against Bengals. ... Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller needs one more touchdown reception to become fifth Steelers receiver to reach 40 career touchdown catches. ... Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer ran for 122 yards in first meeting with Cincinnati but has just 122 yards in last four games combined. ... Bengals 10-5 on road with Dalton at quarterback. ... Cincinnati rookie LB Vontaze Burfict leads Bengals with 139 tackles and could become fourth rookie to lead Bengals in tackles in franchise history ... Cincinnati DT Geno Atkins leads NFL interior linemen with 10 1/2 sacks.

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