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1. Rivers vs. Ward: Letís get the most obvious one out of the way first. Since Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward made his infamous hit on Keith Rivers last Oct. 19 that broke the jaw of the Bengals linebacker and ended his season, the NFL has added a rule banning blind-side hits to the head or neck area. The league will keep a close eye on the game to see if any retaliatory hits occur. This will be Riversí first game against the Steelers since being injured, but there was plenty of chippy play in last yearís second Bengals-Steelers matchup in Pittsburgh, including a hard hit by Cincinnati defensive back Chris Crocker on Pittsburgh wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
2. Running men: The Steelersí running game is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and Willie Parker is averaging just 2.4 yards per carry. The Bengals are averaging 3.9 yards per carry, and Cedric Benson is coming off a 141-yard rushing game against Green Bay.
3. Buckeye Ben: Ohio native Ben Roethlisberger is 11-0 as an NFL quarterback in games in his home state. But the Steelers star has been sacked six times so far and will be facing a Bengals defense that has nine sacks in two games, including five by defensive end Antwan Odom Sunday at Green Bay.
Bengals vs. Steelers: 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Paul Brown Stadium
TV: CBS (Jim Nantz and Phil Simms announcing)
Radio: WCKY-AM (1530), WEBN-FM (102.7)
Last week: The Bengals won at Green Bay 31-24; the Steelers lost at Chicago 17-14.
Coaches: Marvin Lewis is 47-51-1 overall and 3-10 against the Steelers. Mike Tomlin is 26-12 overall and 4-0 against the Bengals.
Series: The Steelers lead 48-30 and have won five straight. The Bengals are 1-8 against the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium, with their lone victory coming in 2001, a 26-23 in overtime.