NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS (11-2) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-10-1)
WEEK 15 // MONDAY, DEC. 21, 2020 // 8:15 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN
REGULAR SEASON HISTORY:
LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 65-35
STREAKS: Steelers have won past 10
LAST GAME: 11/15/20: Bengals 10 at Steelers 36
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19: Steelers 16, Bengals 10
STEELERS clinched postseason berth for 1st time since 2017. • QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 187 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes. Set season highs in pass yards (333) & TD passes (4) with 0 INTs & 110.1 rating in Week 10 meeting. • RB JAMES CONNER has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Cin. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. RB BENNY SNELL rushed for 98 yards in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. division with 90+ rush yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches. Had 9 catches for 77 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 8+ catches in 3 of past 4. Had 6 catches for career-high 116 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. Has 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Cin. Rookie WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 2 rec. TDs in Week 10 meeting. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Leads rookies with 8 rec. TDs. WR JAMES WASHINGTON aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Had 98 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had PD last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Had 2 sacks in Week 10 meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Cin. with sack & 3rd in row vs. division with 2+ sacks. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 12 sacks. CB MIKE HILTON had 5 tackles, INT & 1st FF of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD & TFL. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK has PD in 3 of past 4. Has INT in 2 of past 3 on road. DE TYSON ALUALU had sack & FF in Week 14.
QB BRANDON ALLEN completed 27 of 36 passes (career-high 75 pct.) for season-high 217 yards with TD vs. 0 INTs for season high 99 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD pass. QB RYAN FINLEY passed for 192 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. division with TD pass. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 65+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Pit. Has 536 scrimmage yards this season (275 rec., 261 rush) & is 1 of 2 RBs (FRANK GORE) with 400+ scrimmage yards in each of past 8 seasons. RB TRAYVEON WILLIAMS had career-high 63 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 14 rec.) last week. RB SAMAJE PERINE had season-high 55 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 7 rec.) in Week 10 meeting. • WR TYLER BOYD had 5 catches for 43 yards last week. Had 6 catches for 41 yards in Week 10 meeting. Had 5 catches for 101 yards & TD in last home meeting. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR A.J. GREEN had 6 catches for 62 yards & TD in Week 14. Has 7+ catches & 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Pit. Rookie WR TEE HIGGINS aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 115 yards & TD in Week 10 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 70+ rec. yards & TD catch. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 778 rec. yards. • S JESSIE BATES had PD last week. Had 7 tackles, 2 PD & TFL in Week 10 meeting. Has 2 PD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. S VONN BELL aims for 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Has FR in 2 of past 3. Had 2 PD in Week 10 meeting. LB JOSH BYNES led team with 7 tackles & had TFL last week. DT MARGUS HUNT had season-high 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 14.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (Pit), 83 (Cin) | XM: 226 (Pit), 225 (Cin), 88 (National)