NFL Week 3 Preview: Bengals look to get back on the winning side as they travel to play at Pittsburgh

WEEK 3

CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1)
AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 65-36
STREAKS: Steelers have won 10 of past 11
LAST GAME: 12/21/20: Steelers 17 at Bengals 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/15/20: Steelers 36, Bengals 10

CINCINNATI BENGALS LEADERS

L 20-17 at Chicago LAST WEEK

Zac Taylor: 1-3 COACH VS. OPP.

22.0/22.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

307.0 OFFENSE

Joe Burrow: 39-57-468-4-3-94.8 PASSING

Joe Mixon: 49-196.4.0-1 RUSHING

Tee Higgins: 10-118-11.8-2 RECEIVING

304.5 DEFENSE

B.J. Hill: 2 SACKS

Logan Wilson: 1 INTs

-2 (2/4) TAKE/GIVE

Kevin Huber: 45.2 (41.7) PUNTING (NET)

Evan McPherson (R): 14 (5/5 PAT; 3/3 FG) KICKING

BENGALS NOTES

• QB JOE BURROW completed 19 of 30 passes (63.3 pct.) for 207
yards & 2 TDs vs. 3 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+
TD passes. Passed for 213 yards & TD in last road meeting. Has
8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs in 4 career games vs. division.
• RB JOE MIXON rushed for 69 yards in Week 2. Rushed for 79
yards in last meeting. Aims for his 7th in row vs. division with
75+ scrimmage yards.
• WR TYLER BOYD led team with 7 catches for 73 yards last
week. Has 6+ catches in 2 of 3 career games at Pit. Aims for his
4th in row on road with 70+ rec. yards. WR TEE HIGGINS had 6
catches for 60 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row
with TD catch. Had career-high 7 catches for 115 yards & rec.
TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 5+
catches. Rookie WR JA’MARR CHASE had 42-yard TD catch last
week & joined SAMMY WHITE (1976) as only players since 1970
with 40+ yard rec. TDs in each of 1st 2 career games.
• S VONN BELL had 6 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Aims for 3rd in
row with TFL. Had 7 tackles, TFL & FF in last meeting. S JESSIE
BATES aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Aims for his
3rd in row vs. Pit. with PD. LB LOGAN WILSON led team with 9
tackles & had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row
with 7+ tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. DE
TREY HENDRICKSON led team with 1.5 sacks & FF in Week 2.
Ranks 3rd in NFL with 15 sacks since 2020. DT D.J. READER had
1st sack of season last week.

LEADERS PITTSBURGH STEELERS

LAST WEEK L 26-17 vs. Las Vegas

COACH VS. OPP. Mike Tomlin: 23-6

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 20.0/21.0

OFFENSE 291.5

PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 45-72-483-2-1-85.6

RUSHING Najee Harris (R): 26-83-3.2-0

RECEIVING Diontae Johnson: 14-141-10.1-1

DEFENSE 398.0

SACKS T.J. Watt: 3

INTs –

TAKE/GIVE 0 (1/1)

PUNTING (NET) Pressley Harvin (R): 44.9 (41.9)

KICKING Chris Boswell: 16 (4/4 PAT; 4/4 FG)

STEELERS NOTES

• QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 27 of 40 passes (67.5 pct.)
for 295 yards & TD last week. Passed for 333 yards & 4 TDs
vs. 0 INTs for 110.1 rating in last home meeting. Has 300+ pass
yards & 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 at home. Has 398 career
TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes.
• RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had career-high 81 scrimmage yards
(43 rec., 38 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 2.
• WR DIONTAE JOHNSON led team with 9 catches for 105 yards
last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for
3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 6 catches for career-high 116
yards & TD in last home meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career
games vs. Cin. WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 41
yards & 1st-career rush TD in Week 2. Has 50+ rec. yards in
3 of his past 4. Had 9 catches for 77 yards & TD in last home
meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 3 catches for 70 yards last
week. Had 56 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. Aims
for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with 50+ rec. yards.
• LB T.J. WATT aims for his 5th in row with sack & 4th in row with
FF. Has 6.5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in his last 5 vs. Cin. Aims for his
6th in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has 2+ sacks in 2 of his past 3 vs.
division. LB MELVIN INGRAM had 1st sack of season in Week 2.
Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had INT in his last game vs. Cin.
(9/13/20 w/ LAC). LB JOE SCHOBERT tied for team lead with 10
tackles & led team with 2 PD last week. Aims for his 4th in row
vs. Cin. with 7+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES

TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter)
SIRIUS: 121 (Cin.), 106 (Pit.) | XM: 387 (Cin.), 231 (Pit.) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 826 (Pit.)

COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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