STEELERS vs COLTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2008 KICKOFF -- 4:15 P.M. HEINZ FIELD
Steelers (6-2) vs Colts (4-4)
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-2) vs. Indianapolis Colts (4-4)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008
Kickoff: 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Grass/DD Grassmaster
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play) Phil Simms (color analyst)
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)
**A Look at the Coaches
*Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 16-8 (.667)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 16-8 (.667)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy
Overall Regular-season Record: 131-69 (.750)/13th season
Regular-season Record at Indianapolis: 84-32 (.750)/eighth season
Playoff Record/Years: 9-9/10 years*
Series History: Series began in 1950
*Overall: Pittsburgh leads 14-5
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 10-1
At Indianapolis/Baltimore: Series tied 4-4
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Nov. 28, 2005 (in Indianapolis)
Indianapolis 26, Pittsburgh 7 (Monday Night Football)
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 5-0
*(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 19-5 all-time record against the Indianapolis Colts (including postseason), with the Steelers leading 13-1 in Pittsburgh and 6-4 in Indianapolis...in the regular season, the Steelers own a 10-0 record at home and the series is tied 4-4 on the road...the Steelers defeated the Colts 21-18 on Jan. 15, 2006 in the RCA Dome during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on their way to a Super Bowl XL victory...the Colts defeated the Steelers earlier that year on Nov. 28, 2005 (26-7), the first time that the Colts had defeated the Steelers since Oct. 21, 1984 (17-16)...the Steelers have won 12 straight home games versus Indianapolis dating back to their only loss to the Colts in Pittsburgh on Sept. 29, 1968 (41-7) when the Colts' franchise was still located in Baltimore...Pittsburgh won the only previous meeting between the two teams at Heinz Field, 28-10, on Oct. 21, 2002...Pittsburgh Head Coach*Mike Tomlin *and Indianapolis Head Coach Tony Dungy coached together in Tampa Bay during the 2001 season when Dungy was the head coach there and Tomlin was his defensive backs' coach...a former Steelers' player and coach, Dungy has a 2-3 record against Pittsburgh, including 1-2 with Indianapolis.
*Steelers-Colts Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Colts and the Indianapolis area.
RB Carey Daviswas originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2004. He was signed to their practice squad and then to the Colts' active roster, playing in one game before being released. OT Trai Essexis from Fort Wayne, Ind. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arianscoached the quarterbacks for the Colts from 1998-2000.
Colts with ties to the Steelers and Western Pennsylvania include Head Coach Tony Dungy, who played cornerback for the Steelers from 1977-78 and became the NFL's youngest assistant coach at age 25 when the Steelers hired him in 1981. He coached with the Steelers from 1981-88, including his final five seasons (184-88) as the team's defensive coordinator. Colts' offensive coordinator Tom Moorecoached for the Steelers from 1977-89. Associate head coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwellcoached at Penn State from 1986-92. Running backs coach Gene Huey was born in Uniontown, Pa. S Bob Sanderswas born in Erie, Pa., and attended Erie Cathedral Prep. LB Clint Sessionplayed at Pitt while DB Keiwan Ratliffis from Youngstown, Ohio.
What To Look For*
*PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to improve to 15-5 all-time against the Colts in the regular season.
• The Steelers look to improve to 11-1 at home all-time in the regular season against the Colts.
• The Steelers look for their 10th straight win at home in the series history against the Colts.
• The Steelers look to improve to 3-1 at home this year.
• The Steelers look to improve to 6-0 on the year against AFC opponents.
• The Steelers need five victories to become the first AFC team to reach 550 total victories. Pittsburgh's all-time record is 545-518-21.
*PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
* QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 254 yards passing to move past Kordell Stewart (13,328 yards) into second place on the team's all-time passing yardage list. Roethlisberger currently has 13,075 passing yards.
• Needs six touchdown passes to become just the second quarterback in team history to throw 100 career touchdown passes (Terry Bradshaw - 212). Roethlisberger currently has 94 career touchdown passes.
• Needs one 300-yard passing game to move into sole possession of second place on the team's all-time list behind only Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger currently has four and is tied with Neil O'Donnell.
*WR Hines Ward
• *Needs one 100-yard receiving game to move into sole possession of second place on the team's all-time receiving list. He currently has 16, which is tied with Louis Lipps (1984-91).
*• *Needs 392 yards from scrimmage to reach 10,000 total yards for his career. He currently has 9,608 total yards from scrimmage (9,182 receiving, 426 rushing).
*RB Willie Parker
• *Needs nine total yards from scrimmage to move into 10th place on the team's all-time list. Parker currently has 5,151 total yards from scrimmage.
*• *Needs one rushing touchdown to move into sole possession of eighth place for rushing touchdowns on the team's all-time list with Rocky Bleier. Parker currently has 23 rushing touchdowns.
*TE Heath Miller
• *Needs two touchdown receptions to pass Bennie Cunningham (20) for third on team's all-time touchdowns list for a tight end. Miller currently has 18 receiving touchdowns.
*K Jeff Reed
• Needs one field goal to move past Roy Gerela (146) into second place on the team's all-time field goals made list. Reed currently has 146 career field goals.
*DE Aaron Smith
*• **Needs one sack to move past Ernie Holmes (40) into eighth place on the team's all-time sacks list. Smith currently has 39.5 career sacks.