STEELERS vs. BILLS SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009 KICKOFF IS AT 7:30 P.M. HEINZ FIELD
Steelers (1-1) vs. Bills (1-2)
*Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) vs. Buffalo Bills (1-2)
Date: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m., ET
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: KDKA-TV (locally, Channel 2) FSN Pittsburgh (simulcast)
Announcers: Bob Pompeani (play-by-play) Edmund Nelson (color analyst) Jeff Verszyla (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)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Radio Acir (Mexico City) 88.9 FM
**A Look at the Coaches
**Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 22-10 (.688)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 22-10 (.688)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron
Overall Regular-season Record: 57-76 (.429)/ninth season
Regular-season Record at Buffalo: 21-27 (.438)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year**
*Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 13-9
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 9-2
At Buffalo: Buffalo leads 7-4
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 16, 2007 (in Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh 26, Buffalo 3
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-1
Preseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 5-2
*(preseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh is 5-2 all-time in the preseason versus the Buffalo Bills, including a perfect 3-0 in Pittsburgh...the Bills defeated the Steelers, 24-21, on Aug. 15, 2008 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario...Pittsburgh trailed that contest,17-7, at the half before touchdown runs byRB Rashard Mendenhall *andQB Dennis Dixon, and a last-second Hail Mary attempt, nearly gave the Steelers the come-from-behind victory...Pittsburgh won the most recent preseason matchup between the two teams in Pittsburgh, 20-0, in 2001...the Bills have never defeated the Steelers in Pittsburgh during the preseason...the Steelers won the previous regular season matchup between the teams, 26-3, at Heinz Field on Sept. 16, 2007...the Bills have never won at Heinz Field in two attempts (one regular-season and one preseason) and have dropped five consecutive games in Pittsburgh since their most recent win, a 24-3 triumph in the 1992 AFC Divisional Game, the Steelers first playoff game under former head coach Bill Cowher...Buffalo has not won a regular-season game in Pittsburgh since defeating the Steelers, 30-21, on Sept. 28, 1975.
*Steelers-Bills Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Bills and the Buffalo area. Steelers with direct ties to the Bills and the surrounding Buffalo area include defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, who was the Bills assistant head coach in 2003. Offensive line coach Larry Zierleinspent the 2006 season as the Bills assistant offensive line coach.
Bills with Steelers/Western Pennsylvania connections include quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, who was born in Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Steelers in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft after playing at Pitt from 1990-93. LB Paul Posluszny went to Hopewell High School and attended Penn State. S Bryan Scott, DE Aaron Maybinand DB Lydell Sargeantalso played at Penn State.