PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-3) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-8)
SERIES LEADER:Pittsburgh 17-4
STREAKS:Pittsburgh has won past two.
MIKE TOMLIN VS. JETS:3-2
REX RYAN VS. STEELERS:1-3
LAST GAME:10/13/13: Steelers 19 at Jets 6: Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger had 264 passing yards, including 55-yard touchdown to WR Emmanuel Sanders. Steelers' defense limited Jets to 267 total yards.
TEELERS:** Last week, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 340 yards with 6 TDs & 0 INTs for 136.3 rating. 1st player in NFL history with 6 TD passes in back-to-back games & joins Pro Football HOFer Y.A. TITTLE (1962) as only players with 2 6-TD games in 1 season. In past 2 vs. NYJ, has completed 47 of 61 (77 pct.) for 539 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating. Incl. playoffs, Steelers are 40-5 (.889) when Roethlisberger has 110 rating. RB LE'VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,144 scrimmage yards (711 rush, 433 rec.). Has 100 scrimmage yards in 8 of past 9. WR ANTONIO BROWN has 5 100-yard rec. games, tied for most in NFL, incl. 11 catches for 144 yards & TD vs. Ravens. In past 2 vs. NYJ, has 16 catches for 165 yards. Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 25 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. Rookie WR MARTAVIS BRYANT (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) has 5 TD catches, tied for most of any NFL player in 1st 3 career games (ERIC GREEN). Aims for 3rd in row with 2 TD catches. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 78 tackles. LB JAMES HARRISON has 4 sacks in past 2, incl. 2 vs. Bal. Has 68 career sacks, 2nd-most in club history (JASON GILDON, 77).
JETS:** QB MICHAEL VICK made 1st start with NYJ last week, completing 21 of 28 passes (75.0 pct.) for 196 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 105.7 rating. In 3 career meetings, has 701 pass yards with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 92.5 rating. Needs 33 rush yards to become 1st QB in NFL history with 6,000 career. RB CHRIS IVORY has 3 rush TDs in past 3. RB CHRIS JOHNSON had season-high 69 yards on 11 att. (6.3 avg.) last week, most since joining NYJ. Since entering NFL in 2008, ranks 2nd in NFL with 8,302 rush yards. In 1st road game with Jets, WR PERCY HARVIN led team in catches (11) & yards (129). WR ERIC DECKER had 9 catches for 63 yards & TD last week. Since entering NFL in 2010, has 37 TD catches, most among AFC WRs. JACE AMARO (Rd. 2, No. 49 overall) leads NFL rookie TEs in catches (32) & rec. yards (285). LB DAVID HARRIS leads team with 68 tackles. DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has 4.5 sacks in past 4 at home. Aims for 5th in row at home with at least half sack.
TENNESSEE TITANS (2-6) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-4)SERIES LEADER:Tennessee 9-8
STREAKS:Tennessee has won past two.
KEN WHISENHUNT VS. BALTIMORE:0-2
JOHN HARBAUGH VS. TENNESSEE:1-2
LAST GAME:9/18/11: Titans 26 vs. Ravens 13: Tennessee WR Kenny Britt had nine catches for 135 yards and one touchdown. Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck passed for 358 yards and one touchdown.
NOTESTITANS: In 1st career start (Wk. 8 vs. Hou.), rookie QB ZACH METTENBERGER (Round 6, No. 178 overall) completed 27 of 41 (65.9 pct.) for 299 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 93.4 rating. RB SHONN GREENE has 3,909 career rush yards & needs 91 to reach 4,000. Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Round 2, No. 54 overall) had 60 scrimmage yards vs. Hou. & aims for 4th in row with 50 . WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 193 catches & needs 7 to become 11th WR in club history to reach 200 career. WR NATE WASHINGTON led team with 68 yards on 4 catches vs. Hou. Since joining Titans in 2009, leads team in catches (284), receiving yards (4,181) & TD catches (26). Had 7 catches for 99 yards in last meeting. WR JUSTIN HUNTER had TD catch in Wk. 8 vs. Texans. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in receiving yards (475) & has 35 catches with 4 TDs. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 56 tackles, including 8 vs. Texans. Rookie LB AVERY WILLIAMSON (Round 5, No. 151 overall) led team with 10 tackles in Week 8 & posted 1st career sack.
RAVENS:** Aim for 4th consecutive win at home. In past 3 at home, QB JOE FLACCO has completed 59 of 85 (69.4 pct.) with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 114.4 rating with 90 rating in each game. Ravens are 42-7 (.857) when Flacco posts 90 rating. RB JUSTIN FORSETT has AFC-best 5.4 rush avg. (113 att., 609 yards). Led team with 105 scrimmage yards last week, with 38 rush & season-high 67 rec. yards. RB LORENZO TALIAFERRO (Rd. 4, No. 138 overall) has 4 rush TDs, tied for 2nd most among NFL rookies. RB BERNARD PIERCE has rush TD in 2 of past 3. WR STEVE SMITH, SR. (79) needs TD to reach 80 career (71 rec., 4 PR, 2 rush, 2 KR). WR TORREY SMITH has 5 TDs in past 6, incl. 35-yarder vs. Pit. last week. LB C.J. MOSLEY (No. 17 overall) leads AFC & ranks 3rd in NFL with 82 tackles. DT HALOTI NGATA had sack last week. 1 of 2 NFL players with 2 sacks & 2 INTs in 2014 (MICHAEL GRIFFIN).
Note: On Thursday night, Cleveland and Cincinnati squared off in Cincinnati. The Browns defeated the Bengals, 24-3.