Game Preview: Steelers vs. Ravens (Week 4)

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Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (0-3)Date: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015Kickoff: 8:25 p.m. ETSite: Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa.Playing Surface: Natural GrassTV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (sideline)Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) and Craig Wolfley (sideline)National Radio: Westwood One SportsAnnouncers: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) and Tony Boselli (color analyst)

A LOOK AT THE COACHESPittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 84-47 (.641)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 84-47 (.641)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/five years

Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh
Overall regular-season record: 72-43 (.626)/eighth season
Regular-season record with Baltimore: 72-43 (.626)/eighth season
Playoff Record/Years: 10-5/six years

STEELERS-RAVENS SERIES HISTORY
Series History: Series began in 1996
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 21-17
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 12-7
At Baltimore: Ravens lead, 10-9
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Steelers won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 43, Baltimore 23
Postseason Series: Steelers lead, 3-1
Last Post-Season Meeting: Jan. 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh
Baltimore 30, Pittsburgh 17
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week's game marks the 39th time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will meet in the regular season and the 20th time in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are 12-7 vs. the Ravens...The two teams are meeting for the 14th time in primetime during the regular season, with the Steelers holding a one game advantage under the lights against the Ravens at 7-6.

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Check out the highlight photos from the Steelers vs Ravens game. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 43-23 on November 2nd 2014.

THE LAST TIME VS. BALTIMORE*
*Pittsburgh 43, Baltimore 23

Nov. 2, 2014
Heinz Field (63,971)

PITTSBURGH – For the second consecutive game, QB Ben Roethlisberger threw six touchdown passes to guide his team to victory, this one a 43-23 win against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger's 12 passing touchdowns in a two-game span is a new NFL record.

The Ravens scored early in the fi rst quarter when QB Joe Flacco connected with WR Torrey Smith on a 35-yard touchdown to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead. Pittsburgh tied the game, 7-7, midway through the second quarter when Roethlisberger threw a five-yard touchdown pass to RB Le'Veon Bell.

The Steelers defense forced two Ravens turnovers in the second quarter and Pittsburgh capitalized with touchdowns on the team's ensuing posessions. Roethlisberger found WR Martavis Bryant for a 19-yard score to give Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead. K Justin Tucker made a 46-yard field goal to cut the Steelers lead to 14-10.

Roethlisberger then threw a 47-yard touchdown to WR Markus Wheaton to give Pittsburgh a 22-10 lead heading into halftime. It marked Wheaton's longest reception of his career.

After a scoreless third quarter, Roethlisberger connected with WR Antonio Brown on a 54-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Pittsburgh a 29-10 advantage. But on Baltimore's ensuing drive, WR Jacoby Jones returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to get Baltimore back within 12 points.

Roethlisberger and Bryant connected again, this time from 18 yards out to give the Steelers a 36-17 advantage. Flacco and TE Crockett Gillmore connected on a one-yard score with less than three minutes to go to cut the lead to 36-23.

But on the Steelers next drive, Roethlisberger threw his sixth and final touchdown pass, this one a 33-yarder to TE Matt Spaeth to seal the victory for Pittsburgh.

GAME SUMMARY

Ravens (5-4)7301323
STEELERS (6-3)02202143

TEAMQTIMEPLAYDRIVESCORE
BAL19:41T. Smith 35 yd. pass from Flacco (Tucker kick)1-35; 0:060-7
PIT17:18Bell 5 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)5-27; 1:567-7
PIT25:24Bryant 19 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)3-30; 1:3114-7
BAL21:44Tucker 46 yd. FG10-49; 3:4014-10
PIT20:53Wheaton 47 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Wing-Spaeth pass)5-80; 0:5122-10
PIT414:01A. Brown 54 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)7-85; 3:3829-10
BAL413:47J. Jones 108 yd. kickoff return (Tucker kick)0-0; 0:1429-17
PIT49:31Bryant 18 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)9-71; 4:1636-17
BAL42:58Gilmore 1 yd. pass from Flacco (Run failed)9-33; 2:3536-23
PIT41:51Spaeth 33 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)4-41; 1:0743-23

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STEELERS-RAVENS CONNECTIONS**
Former Steelers/Ravens
• Steelers DB coach Carnell Lake (2001) and ILB coach Jerry Olsavsky (1998) each player their fi nal NFL seasons for the Ravens.
• Steelers WR coach Richard Mann was on the Ravens' coaching staff in 1997 and 1998.
• Ravens east-regional scout Andy Weidl was a player personnel asst. for the Steelers for two seasons (1998-99).

Area Connections
• Steelers LB Terence Garvin is a Baltimore native and a graduate of Loyola Blakefield High School.
• Pittsburgh WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is from Silver Spring, Md.
• Ravens HC John Harbaugh was the TE coach for the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.
• Baltimore WR coach Bobby Engram held the same position at the University of Pittsburgh from 2012-13.
• Ravens QB Joe Flacco played for the University of Pittsburgh from 2003-04 before transferring to the University of Delaware.
• Ravens QB Matt Schaub was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Baltimore G/C John Urschel played collegiately at Penn State University.
• Ravens east-regional scout Andy Weidl is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and is a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin was the DC for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 when Ravens Asst. Strength and Conditioning coach Juney Barnett was on the Vikings staff.
• Pittsburgh OC Todd Haley coached in Dallas, while Baltimore DE Chris Canty was a player for the Cowboys (2005-06).
• Steelers DC Keith Butler and Ravens STC/Associate HC Jerry Rosburg were on the Browns' coaching staff together from 2001-2002.
• Butler was with the Browns in 1999 when DL coach Clarence Brooks was also on Cleveland's staff.
• Pittsburgh WR coach Richard Mann coached Ravens GM and EVP Hall of Fame TE Ozzie Newsome with the Browns for six years (1985-90).
• Mann was on staff in Cleveland with Baltimore OC Marc Trestman (1988-98).
• Steelers conditioning coordinator Garrett Giemont worked with Trestman in Oakland (2001-02).
• Pittsburgh STC Danny Smith and Ravens OL coach Juan Castillo worked together for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-98.
• Steelers K Josh Scobee was a player for the Jaguars, while Ravens LB coach Ted Monachino was a coach (2006-09).
• Scobee was also long-time teammates with Ravens ILB Daryl Smith in Jacksonville (2004-12).
• Pittsburgh QB Mike Vick played in Philadelphia, while Castillo was a coach for the Eagles (2009-12). Vick played under Ravens QB coach Marty Mornhinweg (2009-13) while with the Eagles.
• Vick was teammates with Ravens QB Matt Schaub in Atlanta for three seasons (2004-06).
• Steelers S Mike Mitchell played one season (2013) in Carolina with Baltimore WR Steve Smith, Sr.
• Pittsburgh LB Arthur Moats played one season (2011) in Buffalo with Baltimore WR Kamar Aiken.
• Steelers CB Antwon Blake played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012 with Ravens OT Eugene Monroe and LB Daryl Smith.
• Steelers S Ross Ventrone and Ravens CB Kyle Arrington played together in New England (2011).

College Connections
• Steelers Asst. HC/DL coach John Mitchell was the DL coach for the Alabama Crimson Tide from 1974-1976 when Ravens GM and EVP Ozzie Newsome played for Alabama.
• Steelers TE Heath Miller and Ravens DE Chris Canty and QB Matt Schaub played together at the University of Virginia from 2001-04.
• Steelers CB William Gay and Ravens OLB Elvis Dumervil were teammates at Louisville in 2003 and 2004.
• Pittsburgh LB James Harrison played at Kent State, while Baltimore DC Dean Pees was on staff for the Golden Flashes (1998-2001).
• Pittsburgh G David DeCastro played for Stanford in 2008 and Baltimore CB coach Matt Weiss was on staff there at the time.
• Pittsburgh LB Jarvis Jones played with Baltimore WR Marlon Brown for four years at Georgia (2009-12).
• Steelers T Marcus Gilbert (2008-10) played with Ravens S Will Hill III at Florida.
• Pittsburgh TE Jesse James and Baltimore G/C John Urschel played together for one season at Penn State (2012).
• Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt played alongside Ravens DE Kapron Lewis-Moore for one year at Notre Dame (2012).

STEELERS-RAVENS: PRIMETIME
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens will meet for the 14th time in primetime action on Thursday, Oct. 1, in the all-time regular season series that dates back to 1996.

The Steelers own a one game advantage, defeating the Ravens in seven of the previous 13 meetings under the lights.

Below is a look at the Steelers-Ravens series results in primetime:

Steelers-Ravens Primetime Results
• 11/9/1997 - Pittsburgh 37, Baltimore 0 (in Pittsburgh)
• 12/16/2001 - Pittsburgh 26, Baltimore 21 (at Baltimore)
• 12/28/2003 - Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 10 OT (at Baltimore)
• 10/31/2005 - Pittsburgh 20, Baltimore 19 (in Pittsburgh)
• 11/5/2007 - Pittsburgh 38, Baltimore 7 (in Pittsburgh)
• 9/29/2008 - Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20 OT (in Pittsburgh)
• 11/29/2009 - Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17 OT (at Baltimore)
• 12/5/2010 - Pittsburgh 13, Baltimore 10 (at Baltimore)
• 11/6/2011 - Baltimore 23, Pittsburgh 20 (in Pittsburgh)
• 11/18/2012 - Baltimore 13, Pittsburgh 10 (in Pittsburgh)
• 11/28/2013 - Baltimore 22, Pittsburgh 20 (at Baltimore)
• 9/11/2014 - Baltimore 26, Pittsburgh 6 (at Baltimore)
• 11/2/2014 - Pittsburgh 43, Baltimore 23 (in Pittsburg)

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Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Ravens heading into Thursday night's primetime AFC North contest.

PIT-BAL SERIES HIGHS**
Passing Yards
Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger, 340 (11/2/2014)
Ravens - Jeff Blake, 336 (12/29/200)

Rushing Yards
Steelers - Jerome Bettis, 137 (10/5/1997)
Ravens - Ray Rice, 141 (12/27/2009)

Receiving Yards
Steelers - Plaxico Burress, 164 (12/16/2001)
Ravens - Qadry Ismail, 258 (12/12/1999)

WHAT TO LOOK FOR
FROM THE STEELERS
• With a win, the Steelers will improve to 426-272-2 during the regular season since 1970.
• The Steelers look to improve to 22-17 all-time against the Ravens in the regular season, including 13-7 at home.
• Pittsburgh will have won its third consecutive home game against Baltimore with a win on Sunday.

FROM HEAD COACH MIKE TOMLIN
• A win would improve Tomlin to 85-47 during the regular season, inlcuding 49-17 at home.
• Coach Tomlin looks to improve to 9-8 in the regular season against Baltimore, and to 6-3 at home.}

FROM THE STEELERS OFFENSE

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER
• Needs 31 passing yards to become the first Steelers quarterback with 40,000 and to become the ninth passer in league history to reach the mark with one team.
• With 3,000 passing yards in 2015, will become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in 10 consecutive seasons.
• Will record his 40th 300-yard passing game with his next such game in 2015 and become the ninth signal caller to do so with one franchise.

QB MIKE VICK
• With his next start and win will have 60 regular season victories as a starting quarterback in his NFL career.
• Four touchdown passes to record 135 in his NFL career.
• Needs 228 pass completions to reach 2,000 in his NFL career.

WR ANTONIO BROWN
• With two touchdown catches, will move into a tie for ninth in team history with Mike Wallace (32).
• Five catches and 50 yards on Sunday to extend his NFL record of consecutive games with 5/50 to 36.
• Five catches and 70 yards on Sunday to extend his NFL record of consecutive games with 5/70 to 22.
• Seven receptions to extend his NFL record to 15 consecutive games with at least seven catches.
• With his next 100-yard game, will become the third player in in franchise history with 20-such performances in the regular season (Hines Ward – 29 and John Stallworth – 25).
• With 100 receptions in 2015, will extend his franchise record of consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches to three.
• With 110 catches in 2015, will become the second player in NFL history to record 110 or more receptions in three consecutive years (Wes Welker, 2007-09).
• With 125 receptions in 2015, would become the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back seasons of 125 catches or more.
• With 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, will join Hines Ward (2001-04) as only the second player in franchise history to register 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive years.
• Will surpass Lynn Swann (5,534) for the eighth-most yards from scrimmage in team history with 61.
• With 526 yards from scrimmage, will become the eighth Steeler in team history with at least 6,000.

TE HEATH MILLER
• Is 56 receptions from joining Hines Ward (1,000) as the second player in team history with 600.
• Needs six touchdown catches to become just the fourth player in Steelers history with 50.
• Is 251 yards from scrimmage away from moving into fifth in team history (Louis Lipps, 6,406).
• With 50 receptions in 2015, will record his fifth consecutive 50-catch season.

RB LeVEON BELL
• With 100 rushing yards on Thursday, will have six 100-yard games in his NFL career.
• With 100 yards from scrimmage this week, will have totaled 19 games in his NFL career with 100 yards or more.
• With 1,000 rushing yards in 2015 will become the fifth Steelers running back to produce back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and the first since Rashard Mendenhall in 2009-10.

RB DeANGELO WILLIAMS
• Will record the 20th 100-yard rushing game of his career with his next 100-yard performance.
• Will reach 50 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career with his next rushing score.

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FROM THE STEELERS DEFENSE**
DE CAMERON HEYWARD
• Needs 4.0 sacks on to record 5.0 quarterback takedowns in three straight seasons.

LB JAMES HARRISON
• 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.
• One multi-sack game to break a tie with Jason Gildon (17) for the most such games in team history.

CB WILLIAM GAY
• Will match Rod Woodson (5) for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in team history with his next pick six.

FROM THE STEELERS SPECIAL TEAMS
WR/PR ANTONIO BROWN
• Needs 286 punt return yards to move into second in team history (Antwaan Randle El, 1,650).
• One punt return for a touchdown to tie Antwaan Randle El (4) for the most in Steelers history.

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