WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
Including the post-season, the Steelers are looking for their fifth straight win against the Chargers.
The Steelers are looking to improve to 22-6 all-time against San Diego during the regular season, including 15-0 at home.
Pittsburgh is hoping to hold its 10th opponent this season (eighth straight) to 20 points or less.
The Steelers are looking to register their 12th win in the last 14 home games.
If Pittsburgh wins, it will be 5-1 at home this season, marking the ninth consecutive year the Steelers registered at least five wins at home.
Pittsburgh is looking to improve to 404-255-2 during the regular season since 1970.
The Steelers defense is looking to keep their ninth opponent to under 100 net yards rushing this season.
If Pittsburgh holds San Diego to less than 180 net passing yards it will mark the eighth game in a row and the 10th time this season the Steelers did not allow their opponent to register at least 180 net passing yards.
The Pittsburgh defense is looking to extend its regular-season streak of holding teams under 300 net passing yards to 36 games. The last time the Steelers allowed a team to record at least 300 net passing yards was on 11/14/10 vs. New England (350).
Pittsburghs defense will try and hold the opposing quarterback to a passer rating of 80.0 or less for the ninth straight game and the 10th time this season.
The Steelers defense is looking to register at least one takeaway for the 11th game this season.
Pittsburgh is looking to record its fourth individual 100-yard rushing performance of the season for the first time since Willie Parker (4) and Mewelde Moore (1) combined for five 100 yard rushing games in 2008.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
If Pittsburgh wins, will improve to 63-30 during the regular season,including 36-10 at home. Looking to improve to 4-0 against San Diego, including the post-season. If the Steelers win, will improve to 18-8 in regular-season games in December/January. Pittsburgh has registered a regular-season record of 4-1 in each of the past two seasons in December/January.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
If Roethlisberger registers at least 134 passing yards, he will become the 25th quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least29,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 yards during the regular season.
Looking to record a passer rating of 120.0 for the fourth time this season, which would tie for the second most times he has registered a passer rating of at least 120.0 in the same regular season(four in 2004 / five in 2009).
Is looking to throw for at least 360 yards for the third time this season, which would tie 2011 (3) for the second most times he has thrown for at least 360 yards in one season (2009, 4).
QB Charlie Batch
If Batch starts it will be the first time that he started three consecutive games since the 2001 season when he started eight straight games for the Detroit Lions. If Batch starts he will be looking to improve to 7-3 as a starter for the Steelers.
RB Jonathan Dwyer
Looking to eclipse 100 yards rushing for the third time this season.It would mark the most 100-yard rushing games by a Steelers player during one regular season since Rashard Mendenhall
registered three 100 yard rushing games in 2010.
TE Heath Miller
Is two receiving touchdowns away from passing Louis Lipps (39)for the fifth most in franchise history.
WR Mike Wallace
If he records at least 100 yards receiving, it will mark the 14th 100-yard game of his career.
WR Emmanuel Sanders
Looking to record at least one reception in a career-best 19 consecutive games played, including the 2011 regular and post-season.
LB James Harrison
Looking to record at least one sack in a career-best four consecutive games.
LB LaMarr Woodley
Needs 1.5 sacks to tie Greg Lloyd (53.5, 1988-97) for the fifth-most sacks by a Steelers player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Looking to tie his single-season career high (2010) with his second interception of the season.
LB Jason Worilds
Looking to register his third multi-sack game of his career and the second in three weeks.
S Troy Polamalu
Needs one interception to become the ninth Steelers player to record 30 career interceptions. With one fumble return for a touchdown, will tie Jason Gildon (3)for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history. Is one defensive touchdown shy of tying Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff and Jack Butler (5) for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history (Rod Woodson, 6). Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno(3) for the fourth-most in franchise history.