Game Preview: Steelers at Rams (Week 3)


Here is a look at the statistical leaders for both the Steelers and Rams heading into Sunday's Week 3 matchup at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-1)** Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Edward Jones Dome (66,000) • St. Louis, MO.
Playing Surface: Turf
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (color analyst) & Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) & Craig Wolfley (sideline)

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 83-47 (.638)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 83-47 (.638)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/fi ve years

St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher
Overall regular-season record: 163-148-1 (.524)/21st season
Regular-season record with St. Louis: 21-28-1 (.430)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-6/six years

Former Steelers/Rams
• St. Louis WR coach Ray Sherman was the OC/QB coach for the Steelers in 1998.


Area Connections**
• Rams OC Frank Cignetti is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. and played collegiately at Indiana University (Pa.), where he was also on the coaching staff after graduating (1990-98). Cignetti was also on staff at the University of Pittsburgh (1989, 2009-11).
• St. Louis DT Aaron Donald is from Pittsburgh, Pa., a Penn Hills High School product, and played collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin (2006) and RB coach James Saxon (2011) both worked with Rams defensive quality control coach Jeff Imamura in Minnesota.
• Steelers OL coach Mike Munchak has many ties to the Rams' coaching staff. While with the Houston Oilers (1994-96), Munchak coached with Rams HC Jeff Fisher, DC Gregg Williams and LB coach Frank Bush.
• With the Tennessee Oilers/Titans (1997-2013), Munchak worked with Fisher, Williams and Bush again, as well as St. Louis asst. HC Dave McGinnis, senior defensive asst. Chuck Cecil and WR coach Ray Sherman.
• Munchak was the HC of the Titans for three seasons (2011-13), while Rams LB Akeem Ayers was a player for Tennessee. St. Louis WR Kenny Britt, TE Jared Cook and DE William Hayes were also members of the Titans during that span.
• Steelers WR Richard Mann and Rams OC Frank Cignetti were on staff together for one season with Kansas City (1999).
• Steelers STC Danny Smith coached with Williams for three seasons in Buffalo (2001-03) and then again in Washington for four seasons (2004-07).
• Steelers conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont worked with Fisher for one year (1991) with the Los Angeles Rams.
• Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and S Mike Mitchell were both players in Oakland, while Rams STC John Fassel (2009-11) and DL coach Mike Waufle (2010-11) were coaches with the Raiders.
• Steelers QB Mike Vick and Rams QB Nick Foles were teammates for two seasons (2012-13) in Philadelphia.
• Pittsburgh K Josh Scobee played in Jacksonville at the same time St. Louis asst. HC/offense Rob Boras (2010-11) and Williams (2008) were on staff.

College Connections
• Steelers DB coach Carnell Lake held the same position with UCLA in 2009, when Rams LB Akeem Ayers was a player for the Bruins.
• Pittsburgh LB James Harrison played at Kent State while St. Louis RB coach Ben Sirmans held the same position with the Golden Flashes.
• Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller played with St. Louis DE Chris Long for one season at Virginia (2004).
• Steelers DE Cameron Heyward (2007-10) and OT Mike Adams (2008-11) both played with Rams LB James Laurinaitis (2005-08) and LS Jake McQuaide (2007-09) at Ohio State.
• Steelers LB Jarvis Jones and Rams LB Alec Olgetree played together at Georgia for three seasons (2010-12).
• Pittsburgh WR Markus Wheaton and Rams P Johnny Hekker were teammates for three seasons at Oregon State (2009-11).
• Wheaton was also teammates with Rams QB Sean Mannionn for two seasons (2011-12) at Oregon State.
• Steelers S Shamarko Thomas and Rams LB Cameron Lynch were teammates for two seasons at Syracuse (2011-12).
• Steelers WR Sammie Coates was teammates with Rams LB Daren Bates (2011), RB Tre Mason (2011-13) and Greg Robinson (2012-13) at Auburn.

Passing Yards
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 261 (12/20/2007)
Rams: Marc Bulger - 375 (10/26/2003)

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Jerome Bettis - 129 (11/3/1996)
Rams: Charles White - 166 (10/11/1987)

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Santonio Holmes - 133 (12/20/2007)
Rams: Torry Holt - 174 (10/26/2003)


• With a win, would break a tie with Terry Bradshaw for the most wins in franchise history by a quarterback.
• Needs 223 passing yards to become the fi rst Steelers quarterback with 40,000 and to become the ninth passer in league history to reach the mark with one team.

• Five catches and 50 yards on Sunday to extend his NFL record of consecutive games with 5/50 to 35.
• Five catches and 70 yards on Sunday to extend his NFL record of consecutive games with 5/70 to 21.
• Seven receptions to extend his NFL record to 14 consecutive games with at least seven catches.

• Needs 0.5 of a half sack to join Jason Gildon (77.0) as the second player in team history with 70 or more quarterback takedowns.

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