Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
Kickoff: 1 p.m., ET
Site: LP Field (69,143) • Nashville, Tenn.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) Solomon Wilcots (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 Imagen - Destrito
A Look at the Coaches
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 32-17 (.653)/fourth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 32-17 (.653)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher
Overall Regular-season Record: 137-110 (.555)/16th season
Regular-season Record at Tennessee: 137-110 (.555)/16th season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-6/six years
*Series History *
Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 38-29
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 23-11
At Tennessee (Houston): Tennessee leads 18-15
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 10, 2009 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 3-1
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
• Franchise in Houston prior to 1997; known as Oilers prior to 1999
Pittsburgh is 38-29 all-time against the Tennessee Titans, including a 23-11 advantage at home and a 15-18 mark on the road...the Steelers have lost three straight regular-season road games against the Titans, including a 31-14 setback on Dec. 21, 2008...Pittsburgh is 1-5 at LP Field in the regular season and are 0-1 at the venue in the postseason...the Steelers are just 4-10 against the Titans in the past 14 regular-season games...Pittsburgh has an all-time record of 12-3 versus Tennessee/Houston in September, including a 5-1 mark on the road.
Steelers-Titans ConnectionsSteelers-Titans Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Titans and the Nashville area.
Head Coach Mike Tomlinwas a graduate assistant coach at Memphis in 1996. Linebackers coach Keith Butlerplayed linebacker at the University of Memphis (1974-77) and also coached at his alma mater from 1990-97. Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtnercoached at Memphis twice (1990-93, 2001-06). OG Ramon Fosterplayed at Tennessee and is from Henning,
Titans with ties to the Steelers or Western Pa. include S Chris Hope, who played for the Steelers from 2002-05. LB Patrick Baileyalso played for the Steelers (2008-09). QB Kerry Collinsand LB Tim Shawplayed collegiately at Penn State. Assistant special*teams coachMarty Galbraith coached at Pitt in 1991, while offensive line coachMike Munchak *played at Penn State.
What To Look For
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• Pittsburgh looks for its first win in Tennessee since a 34-24 victory on Nov. 25, 2001.
• The Steelers look to improve to 39-29 all-time against the Tennessee franchise (formerly the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Oilers).
• Pittsburgh looks to improve 16-18 on the road in the series history.
• Pittsburgh looks to improve 13-3 against the Titans in the month of September.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
WR Hines Ward
• Needs one touchdown to move into a second-place tie with RB Jerome Bettis on the team's all-time touchdowns list. Ward currently has 79 career touchdowns (78 receiving, one rushing) while Bettis finished his Steelers' career with 80 touchdowns.
TE Heath Miller
• Needs 119 receiving yards to move into second place on the team's all-time list for tight ends. He currently has 2,761 career receiving yards, trailing only Bennie Cunningham (2,879) and Elbie Nickel (5,133).
DE Aaron Smith
• Needs 2.5 sacks to move into seventh place on the team's all-time sack list ahead of Dwight White (46.0). Smith currently has 44.0 career sacks.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Looks to extend his team record to 10 straight games with at least a half-sack. He has posted at least a half-sack in nine straight games, dating back to the middle of the 2009 season. During that span, he has 12.5 sacks.
LB James Harrison
• Needs one sack to move into ninth place on the team's all-time sack list ahead of Ernie Holmes (40.0). Harrison currently has 39.5 career sacks.