STEELERS VS RAVENS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2008 AT HEINZ FIELD - KICKOFF 8:30 P.M**
Steelers (2-1) vs. Ravens (2-0)
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
Date: Monday, Sept. 29, 2008
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Grass/DD Grassmaster
TV Coverage: ESPN
Announcers: Mike Tirico (play-by-play) Ron Jaworski (color analyst) Tony Kornheiser (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: 12-7 (.632)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 12-7 (.632)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
* Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh*
Overall Regular-season Record: 2-0 (1.000)/first season
Regular-season Record at Baltimore: 2-0 (1.000)/first season
Playoff Record/Years: n/a
Series History: Series began in 1996
*Overall: Pittsburgh leads 15-10
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 9-4
At Baltimore: Series tied 6-6
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 30, 2007 (in Baltimore) Baltimore 27, Pittsburgh 21
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
*(postseason record included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 15-10 (including postseason) record all-time against the Baltimore Ravens, including a 9-4 mark at home and a 6-6 record on the road...the Steelers have lost five straight at Baltimore, including a 27-21 setback last year on Dec. 30...the Steelers defeated the Ravens at home last year, 38-7, as Pittsburgh honored its 75th Season Celebration All-Time Team on Nov. 5...in that game Steelers'QB Ben Roethlisberger *set a franchise record and tied the Monday Night record by throwing five touchdown passes, all in the first half...in that same game,LB*James Harrisonhad a career performance by recording 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception...the Ravens swept the 2006 season series, marking the first time Pittsburgh had been swept in the series...the Steelers have won six of their past seven at home against the Ravens and are 6-2 all-time in the series at Heinz Field (opened in 2001)...Pittsburgh has won eight of the last 14 games overall in the series, including a 2001 AFC Divisional Playoff victory at Heinz Field (Jan. 20, 2002)...Pittsburgh has an all-time record of 35-22 on Monday Night, including a 22-5 record at home...the Steelers have won their past 13 straight home games on Monday Night, with their last loss occurring on Oct. 14, 1991 (23-20 vs. New York Giants)...Pittsburgh is 2-0 all-time at home against Baltimore on Monday Night, also winning 20-19 on a late 37-yard field goal by K Jeff Reedon Oct. 31, 2005.
*Steelers-Ravens Connections: Several Steelers have ties tothe Ravens and the Baltimore area.Steelers with direct ties to the Ravens and Baltimore/Maryland include LB James Harrison, who signed with the Ravens afterthe 2003 NFL season and was allocated by Baltimore to the NFLEurope League in 2004.Ravens with ties to the Steelers or Pittsburgh include QB JoeFlacco, who started his collegiate career at Pitt before transferringto Delaware. Outside linebackers coach Mike Pettinecoached atPitt from 1993-94. Strength and conditioning coach Bob Roguckicoached at Penn State (1981), while assistant strength andconditioning coach John Dunnplayed at Penn State (1974-77)and later coached for the Nittany Lions (1978). Wide receiverscoach Jim Hostlerwas born in Pittsburgh and played (1986-89)and coached (1990-92, 94-99) at IUP.
What To Look For
* PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to improve to 16-10 all-time against the Ravens and 10-4 at home in the series.
• The Steelers hope to capture their seventh victory in the last eight games against Baltimore at Heinz Field, including the playoffs.
• The Steelers look to improve to 36-22 all-time on Monday Night Football. Pittsburgh is 22-5 at home in such games and have won an NFL-record 13 straight on Monday night.
• The Steelers need eight victories to become the first AFC team to reach 550 total victories. Pittsburgh's all-time record is 542-517-21.
*PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
* QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 748 yards passing to move past Neil O'Donnell (12,867 yards) into third place on the team's all-time passing yards list. Roethlisberger currently has 12,120 passing yards.
• Needs 13 touchdown passes to become just the second quarterback in team history to throw 100 career touchdown passes (Terry Bradshaw - 212). Roethlisberger currently has 87 career touchdown passes.
• Needs one 300-yard passing game to move into a tie for second place on the team's all-time list with Neil O'Donnell. Roethlisberger currently has four and is tied with Terry Bradshaw.
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 668 yards from scrimmage to reach 10,000 total yards for his career. He currently has 9,332 total yards from scrimmage (8,906 receiving, 426 rushing).
*• *Needs 94 receiving yards to surpass 9,000 for his career. He currently has 8,906.
*TE Heath Miller
• *Needs three touchdown receptions to surpass 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 eight field goals to move past Roy Gerela (146) into second place on the team's all-time field goals made list. Reed currently has 139 career field goals.
* DE Aaron Smith
*• **Needs 1.5 sacks to move past Ernie Holmes (40) into eighth place on the team's all-time sacks list. Smith currently has 38.5 career sacks.