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09-11-2010, 10:19 PM
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Nobody knows 1-0 better than Steelers
Dennis Dixon

If they beat the Falcons on Sunday, Steelers will be alone in fourth place for most consecutive victories on Kickoff Weekend since 1970.
By Sam Farmer

September 11, 2010|6:25 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL's only six-time Super Bowl champions, have proved time and again they have the capability to finish strong.

Lately, they've tended to start strong too.

The Steelers have won seven consecutive openers, the league's longest such streak, and if they beat Atlanta at Heinz Field on Sunday they can surpass Kansas City (1990-96) for the fourth-most consecutive victories on so-called Kickoff Weekend.

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There's a big complication, of course, in that Dennis Dixon is starting at quarterback in place of the suspended Ben Roethlisberger. It's only Dixon's second start.

That doesn't automatically mean the Steelers are going to get overly conservative and stop throwing the ball.

"To go out and say we have to run the ball to win the game, put a number of runs on it, I don't believe that," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "You have to score points."

Arians said he's comfortable putting the game in Dixon's hands, if need be.

"We're going to do whatever it takes to win," he said.

The most consecutive games won on Kickoff Weekend since 1970 (*active streak):
TEAM YEAR WINS
Dallas Cowboys 1970-1981 12
Miami Dolphins 1992-2002 11
Chicago Bears 1984-1992 9
Kansas City Chiefs 1990-1996 7
Pittsburgh Steelers 2003-present *7
Off on the right foot

Every player wants to begin the season on a high note, but it's pretty difficult to match what these NFL players did in their openers, working their way into the league record books for the best performances in season openers:
YARDS PASSING YARDS A-C TD-INT
NORM VAN BROCKLIN, L.A. Rams vs. N.Y. Yanks, 9/28/51 554 4127 5-2
DAN MARINO, Miami vs. New England, 9/4/94 473 42-23 5-1
KURT WARNER, St. Louis vs. Denver, 9/4/00 44135 253 3 441 35-25 4-4
YARDS RUSHING YARDS ATT TD
O.J. SIMPSON, Buffalo vs. New England, 9/16/73 250 29 2
MICHAEL TURNER, Atlanta vs. Detroit, 9/7/08 220 22 2
EDDIE GEORGE, Tennessee vs. Oakland, 8/31/97 216 35 1
YARDS RECEIVING YARDS REC TD
FRANK CLARKE, Dallas vs. Washington, 9/16/62 241 10 3
ANQUAN BOLDIN, Arizona vs. Detroit, 9/7/03 217 10 2
HUGH TAYLOR, Washington vs. Philadelphia, 9/28/47 212 8 3
Source: NFL
A 49er at heart

Cincinnati receiver Terrell Owens needs 49 yards receiving to reach 15,000 yards for his career something only Isaac Bruce and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice have done. Interestingly, Rice, Bruce and Owens all played for San Francisco.

The most career receiving yards in NFL history (*active):
PLAYER YEARS YARDS
Jerry Rice 1985-2004 22,895
Isaac Bruce 1994-2009 15,208
Terrell Owens 1996-present *14,951
Tim Brown 1988-2004 14,934
Marvin Harrison 1996-2008 14,580