PITTSBURGH STEELERS (6-4) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-7)
PITTSBURGH MONDAY NIGHT RECORD: 41-24
TENNESSEE MONDAY NIGHT RECORD: 21-16
SERIES LEADER: Pittsburgh 41-31
STREAKS: Tennessee has won past two.
TOMLIN VS. TENNESSEE: 3-3
WHISENHUNT VS. PITTSBURGH: 1-2
LAST GAME: 9/8/13: Titans 16 at Steelers 9: Tennessee LB Zach Brown and DT Jurrell Casey each recorded two sacks. Titans' defense held Steelers' offense to 194 total net yards.
STEELERS: **In 6 career meetings, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 1,692 pass yards & 12 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 99.4 rating. Has 110 rating in 3 of past 4 overall. Incl. playoffs, Steelers are 40-5 (.889) when Roethlisberger has 110 rating. RB LE'VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,213 scrimmage yards (747 rush, 466 rec.). Has 100 scrimmage yards in 8 of past 10. Has 55 catches in 2014, surpassing JOHN L. WILLIAMS (51 in 1994) for most in season by Pit. RB. WR ANTONIO BROWN leads NFL with 1,070 rec. yards & is 1 of 3 Steelers with at least 3 1,000-yard seasons, joining HINES WARD (6) & HOFer JOHN STALLWORTH (3). Has 5 catches & 50 yards in 26 consecutive games, longest such streak in NFL history. Rookie WR MARTAVIS BRYANT (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) has 6 TD catches, most of any NFL player in 1st 4 career games. Aims for 5th in row with TD catch. LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 91 tackles, incl. game-high 13 vs. NYJ.
TITANS:In only career home 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. Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Round 2, No. 54 overall) led team with 77 scrimmage yards vs. Bal. (58 rush, 19 rec.) & aims for 5th in row with 50 . RB SHONN GREENE has 3,914 career rush yards & needs 86 to reach 4,000 career. WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 197 catches & needs 3 to become 11th WR in club history to reach 200 career. WR NATE WASHINGTON played 4 seasons with Pit. (2005-08). TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in receiving yards (512) & has 38 catches with 4 TDs. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 61 tackles.
HOUSTON TEXANS (4-5) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (6-3)
SERIES LEADER: Houston 4-3
STREAKS: Houston has won four of past five games.
O'BRIEN VS. CLEVELAND: 0-0
PETTINE VS. HOUSTON: 0-0
LAST GAME: 11/6/11: Texans 30 vs. Browns 12: Houston RBs Arian Foster and Ben Tate rushed for a combined 239 yards and two touchdowns. Texans K Neil Rackers connected on three FGs (28, 21, 50).NOTES
The Pittsburgh Steelers prepare for the game against the Tennessee Titans.
TEXANS: **QB RYAN MALLETT makes 1st career NFL start. In only career meeting, RB ARIAN FOSTER had 150 scrimmage yards (124 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD. Needs 1 100-yard rushing game to surpass PRIEST HOLMES (31) for most 100-yard games ever by undrafted player. Has rushed for 100 in 6 of past 8. Since 2010, leads AFC in rush yards (5,628) & rush TDs (49). In last meeting, WR ANDRE JOHNSON had 10 catches for 116 yards. For career, averages 6 catches per game, best in NFL history (min. 100 games). Johnson (975, 13,224 yards) needs 8 catches to surpass RANDY MOSS (982) for No. 10 all-time & 159 yards to eclipse TORRY HOLT for No. 12 all-time. WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 17 catches for 318 yards & TD in past 3. DE J.J. WATT had 1.5 sacks last week & is 1 of 2 NFL players with 8.5 sacks & 3 total TDs in season since 1982 (ADALIUS THOMAS). Since 2012, leads NFL with 39.5 sacks. S KENDRICK LEWIS leads team with 55 tackles. CB A.J. BOUYE returned 1st career INT 51 yards for TD vs. Phi.
BROWNS:In 12 starts with Cle., QB BRIAN HOYER is 9-3 with 2,827 pass yards & 15 TDs vs. 7 INTs with 88.4 rating. Has 200 pass yards in 8 of past 9. Has won 6 of past 7 home starts with Browns & aims for 6th in row at home with TD pass. RB TERRANCE WEST (Round 3, No. 94 overall) ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 396 rush yards. Led team with 94 rush yards & TD last week. RB ISAIAH CROWELL (undrafted) has 5 rush TDs, tied for most among NFL rookies. RB BEN TATE was drafted in Rd. 2 by Texans & spent 3 seasons in Hou. (2011-13). Rushed for 1,992 yards & 10 TDs in 40 games. WR MILES AUSTIN led team in catches (5) & receiving yards (48) vs. Bengals. WR ANDREW HAWKINS leads team with 504 receiving yards & needs 30 to surpass career-high 533 in 2012 (with Cin.). LB KARLOS DANSBY leads team with 69 tackles. Since 2007, is only NFL player with 20 sacks (24) & 12 INTs (12). LB PAUL KRUGER has 4 sacks in past 3. Since 2013, S TASHAUN GIPSON leads all NFL players with 11 INTs.**CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-3-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-5)
SERIES LEADER:**Tied 6-6STREAKS: Cincinnati has won three of past four games.
LEWIS VS. NEW ORLEANS: 1-1
PAYTON VS. CINCINNATI: 1-1
LAST GAME: 12/5/10: Saints 34 at Bengals 30: New Orleans RB Chris Ivory rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Saints WR Marques Colston caught game-winning touchdown with 0:31 remaining.
BENGALS: **QB ANDY DALTON has 10-3-1 career record vs. NFC, passing for 3,345 yards & 27 TDs vs. 12 INTs for 98.3 rating. Has 35-21-1 (.623) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts). In past 6, RB GIOVANI BERNARD is averaging 85 scrimmage yards/game (515 total; 398 rush, 117 rec.) with 5 rush TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD vs. NFC. RB JEREMY HILL (Round 2, No. 55 overall) has 209 rushing yards & 2 TDs in past 2. WR A.J. GREEN has 460 rec. yards & 6 TDs in past 5 vs. NFC. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,214 rec. yards, 3rd-most in AFC. In past 5, WR MOHAMED SANU has 24 catches for 414 yards & 2 TDs. Aims for 4th in row with TD vs. NFC. TE JERMAINE GRESHAM (19) needs TD to become 4th TE in club history with 20. Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20 sacks, 2nd among NFL DTs. LB EMMANUEL LAMUR leads team with 60 tackles, incl. team-high 11 vs. Cle.
SAINTS: QB DREW BREES has 109.7 rating in 3 career meetings. In last home game vs. Cin., passed for career-high 510 yards. In past 12 at home, is 11-1 & has completed 346 of 482 (71.8 pct.) for 4,102 yards with 37 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 116 rating. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 41,549 pass yards & 301 pass TDs. RB MARK INGRAM aims for 4th consecutive 100-yard rush game. In past 3, has 392 yards (130.7 per game) & 3 TDs. TE JIMMY GRAHAM has 6 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC & aims for 4th in row with 2 TDs. In past 7 vs. AFC, has 10 TDs. Has 17 TDs in past 14 vs. AFC. Has 14 TDs in past 13 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 326 catches, 4,101 yards & 43 TDs. WR MARQUES COLSTON had TD catch in last meeting. WR BRANDIN COOKS leads NFC rookies with 48 catches. Had 5 catches for 90 yards & TD last week. In last game vs. Cin. (10/24/10 with Atl.), LB CURTIS LOFTON had 2 FFs & 7 tackles. LB JUNIOR GALETTE aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with sack. In past 8 vs. AFC, has 7 sacks. Has 12 sacks in past 12 at home. DE CAMERON JORDAN has sack in 3 of past 5 vs. AFC. Has 11 sacks in past 11 at home. Has 17.5 sacks in past 24.