WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
Pittsburgh is looking to improve to 4-0 against NFC opponents during the regular season for the first time since 2005.
The Steelers hope to record their third consecutive victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
With a win, Pittsburgh would even the regular season series with the Cowboys at 14-14 and improve to 6-8 at Dallas.
The Steelers are looking for their 10th win in the last 13 games played in December.
If Pittsburgh wins, it will be 8-6 on the season, marking the ninth consecutive season that the Steelers have won at least eight games. The Steelers would join New England as the only teams to register at least eight wins each season since 2004. (San Diego could also join them but currently only has five wins this season).
The Steelers are looking for the 599th win in franchise history (including the postseason) to make them one shy of becoming the fourth team in NFL history, and first AFC team, to reach 600 wins.
Pittsburgh is hoping to hold its 10th opponent this season (eighth in the last nine games) to 20 points or less.
Pittsburgh is looking to improve to 404-256-2 during the regular season since 1970.
The Steelers defense is looking to keep their 10th opponent to under 100 net yards rushing this season.
If Pittsburgh holds Dallas to less than 180 net passing yards it will mark 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 37 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 90.0 or less for the 10th straight game and the 11th 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 63-31 during the regular season,including 28-20 on the road. Looking to improve to 2-0 against Dallas.
If the Steelers win, will improve to 18-9 in regular-season gamesin December/January. Pittsburgh has registered a regular-seasonrecord of 4-1 in each of the past two seasons in December/January.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
Looking to improve to 87-37 as a starter during the regular season,including 3-0 against Dallas. Entering this weeks game, hehas never thrown an interception against the Cowboys. If the Steelers win, Roethlisberger will improve to 24-10 as astarter in the month of December.
Looking to record at least three touchdown passes for the fourthtime this season, marking the second most times he has thrownfor at least three touchdowns in one season (5 in 2007 and 2009). If he throws at least one touchdown pass he will set a new careerbest by throwing at least one touchdown in the first 11 games hehas played this season.
Looking to record a passer rating of 120.0 for the fourth time thisseason, which would tie for the second most times he has registereda 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 thisseason, which would tie 2011 (3) for the second most times hehas thrown for at least 360 yards in one season (2009, 4).
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 Steelersplayer during one regular season since Rashard Mendenhall
registeredthree 100 yard rushing games in 2010.
TE Heath Miller
Is two receptions shy of joining Hines Ward (1,000) and JohnStallworth (537) as the only Steelers players to reach 400 careerreceptions. Needs one touchdown reception to set a new single-seasoncareer high. Is two receiving touchdowns away from passing Louis Lipps (39)for the fifth most in franchise history.
WR Mike Wallace
Needs one reception to register at least 60 receptions for thethird consecutive season (60 in 2010 and 72 in 2011). If he records at least 100 yards receiving, it will mark the 15th 100-yard game of his career, third of this season and second in asmany weeks. Is two touchdown receptions shy of tying his career-high of 10,set in 2010.
WR Emmanuel Sanders
Looking to record at least one reception in a career-best 20 consecutivegames played, including the 2011 regular andpostseason.
LB James Harrison
Looking to record at least one sack for the fourth time in the lastfive games.
LB LaMarr Woodley
Needs 1.5 sacks to tie Greg Lloyd (53.5, 1988-97) for the fifth-mostsacks by a Steelers player since sacks became an officialstatistic in 1982. Looking to tie his single-season career high (2010) with hissecond interception of the season.
S Troy Polamalu
Needs one interception to become the ninth Steelers player torecord 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 tieing Carnell Lake, DwayneWoodruff and Jack Butler (5) for the second-most defensive touchdownsin Steelers history (Rod Woodson, 6). Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie CarnellLake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno(3) for the fourth-most in franchise history.
K Shaun Suisham
Is one field goal away from tying his career best streak of 15consecutive field goals made (15, 12/28/08 thru 11/22/09 as amember of the Washington Redskins).