Steelers host Raiders at Heinz Field

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STEELERS vs. RAIDERS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2009 KICKOFF 1:00 P.M. HEINZ FIELD

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Steelers (6-5) vs. Raiders (3-8)
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Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) vs. Oakland Raiders (3-8)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009
Kickoff: 1 p.m. (ET)
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Grass
TV Coverage: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play) Dan Dierdorf (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)
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: 28-15 (.651)/third season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 28-15 (.651)/third season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years


Oakland Raiders Head Coach Tom Cable
Overall Regular-Season Record: 7-16 (.303)/second season
Regular-Season Record at Oakland: 7-16 (.303)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: n/a
 
 
Series History
Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Oakland leads 9-8
At Pittsburgh: Series tied 4-4
At Oakland: Oakland leads 5-4
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 29, 2006 (in Oakland) Oakland 20, Pittsburgh 13
Postseason Series: Series tied 3-3
(postseason record included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns an 8-9 record all-time against the Oakland Raiders in the regular season, including a 4-4 mark at home and a 4-5 record on the road...the series is tied 3-3 in the postseason...this will be Oakland's first trip to Pittsburgh since the Steelers defeated the Raiders, 24-21, on September 12, 2004, in the season opener...that win, along with a 27-7 victory over Oakland on December 7, 2003 at Heinz Field, gives the Steelers a two-game home winning streak over the Raiders...Pittsburgh has won three of the past four games over Oakland in Pittsburgh...Oakland defeated the Steelers, 20-13, on Oct. 29, 2006 in the most recent matchup between these two teams...QB Ben Roethlisbergerpassed for 301 yards in that contest, but also threw a career-high four interceptions (since tied), two of which were returned for touchdowns...the Steelers have a 5-2 record against the Raiders since the start of the Free Agency Era in 1993...with 46 tackles in eight career games against the Raiders, LB James Farriorhas averaged 5.75 tackles per game against Oakland, including two performances with 10 or more tackles (2006, 2001)...WR Hines Wardhas caught 30 career passes against the Raiders for 375 yards (12.5 avg.) with two touchdowns in five games.
 
 
Steelers-Raiders Connections

Steelers-Raiders Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Raiders and the Oakland area. QB Dennis Dixon(San Leandro), S Troy Polamalu(Garden Grove) and DT Chris Hoke(Long Beach) are from California. Running backs coach Kirby Wilsonis from Los Angeles and attended Pasadena Community College.

Raiders with ties to the Steelers or Western Pa. include quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett, who was the head coach at Pitt from 1990-92. QB Bruce Gradkowskiattended Seton-LaSalle High in Pittsburgh. RB Gary Russellwas originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007 and played for the Steelers for two seasons (2007-08).
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What To Look For
 
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES **
• The Steelers look to improve to 9-9 all-time versus the Oakland Raiders in the regular season.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-4 all-time versus the Raiders at home.
• The Steelers look to improve to 3-1 against the Raiders at Heinz Field.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-1 at home this year.
• Pittsburgh looks to snap a current three-game losing streak.


PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
LB James Harrison
• Needs two sacks to move into ninth place on the team's all-time sack list ahead of Ernie Holmes (40.0). Harrison currently has 38.5 career sacks, including a team-high 10 this season.
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WR Hines Ward
• Needs one 100-yard receiving game to tie the team's all-time record held by Hall of Famer John Stallworth (25). Ward currently has 24 career 100-yard receiving games.
• Needs 155 receiving yards to give him 1,000 yards receiving on the year, marking the second straight year he would accomplish the feat. It would also give him his sixth career 1,000-yard receiving season, the most in team history.
• Needs one touchdown to move into fifth place on the team's all-time scoring list ahead of former RB Jerome Bettis (482 points). Ward currently has 478 career points (78 touchdowns, five 2-pt. conversions.
 
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 133 passing yards to reach 3,000 for the season. It would mark his fourth straight season with at least 3,000 yards passing, which is the most in team history. He is just the fifth quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in a season, joining Terry Bradshaw (twice), Kordell Stewart (twice), Tommy Maddox (once) and Neil O'Donnell (once).
• Needs one 300-yard passing game to break the team's single-season record. He currently has four 300-yard passing games this season, which is tied with Tommy Maddox (2003) and Neil O'Donnell (1995).
 
TE Heath Miller
• Needs 73 receiving yards to break his single-season career record for yards (566 in 2007). Miller currently has 494 receiving yards this year.
 
WR Santonio Holmes*
• Needs 107 receiving yards to break his single-season career record for yards (945 in 2007). Holmes currently has 838 receiving yards this year.
• Needs 162 receiving yards to give him 1,000 yards receiving on the year, which would mark his first career 1,000-yard season.

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