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Steelers take on Titans in Tennessee
Posted Sep 16, 2010
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) at Tennessee Titans (1-0)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010
Kickoff: 1 p.m., ET
Site: LP Field (69,143) • Nashville, Tenn.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) Solomon Wilcots (color analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito
A Look at the Coaches
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 32-17 (.653)/fourth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 32-17 (.653)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher
Overall Regular-season Record: 137-110 (.555)/16th season
Regular-season Record at Tennessee: 137-110 (.555)/16th season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-6/six years
Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 38-29
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 23-11
At Tennessee (Houston): Tennessee leads 18-15
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 10, 2009 (in Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh 13, Tennessee 10 (OT)
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 3-1
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
• Franchise in Houston prior to 1997; known as Oilers prior to 1999
Pittsburgh is 38-29 all-time against the Tennessee Titans, including a 23-11 advantage at home and a 15-18 mark on the road...the Steelers have lost three straight regular-season road games against the Titans, including a 31-14 setback on Dec. 21, 2008...Pittsburgh is 1-5 at LP Field in the regular season and are 0-1 at the venue in the postseason...the Steelers are just 4-10 against the Titans in the past 14 regular-season games...Pittsburgh has an all-time record of 12-3 versus Tennessee/Houston in September, including a 5-1 mark on the road.
Steelers-Titans Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Titans and the Nashville area.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin was a graduate assistant coach at Memphis in 1996. Linebackers coach Keith Butler played linebacker at the University of Memphis (1974-77) and also coached at his alma mater from 1990-97. Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner coached at Memphis twice (1990-93, 2001-06). OG Ramon Foster played at Tennessee and is from Henning,
Titans with ties to the Steelers or Western Pa. include S Chris Hope, who played for the Steelers from 2002-05. LB Patrick Bailey also played for the Steelers (2008-09). QB Kerry Collins and LB Tim Shaw played collegiately at Penn State. Assistant special teams coach Marty Galbraith coached at Pitt in 1991, while offensive line coach Mike Munchak played at Penn State.
What To Look For
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• Pittsburgh looks for its first win in Tennessee since a 34-24 victory on Nov. 25, 2001.
• The Steelers look to improve to 39-29 all-time against the Tennessee franchise (formerly the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Oilers).
• Pittsburgh looks to improve 16-18 on the road in the series history.
• Pittsburgh looks to improve 13-3 against the Titans in the month of September.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
WR Hines Ward
• Needs one touchdown to move into a second-place tie with RB Jerome Bettis on the team’s all-time touchdowns list. Ward currently has 79 career touchdowns (78 receiving, one rushing) while Bettis finished his Steelers’ career with 80 touchdowns.
TE Heath Miller
• Needs 119 receiving yards to move into second place on the team’s all-time list for tight ends. He currently has 2,761 career receiving yards, trailing only Bennie Cunningham (2,879) and Elbie Nickel (5,133).
DE Aaron Smith
• Needs 2.5 sacks to move into seventh place on the team’s all-time sack list ahead of Dwight White (46.0). Smith currently has 44.0 career sacks.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Looks to extend his team record to 10 straight games with at least a half-sack. He has posted at least a half-sack in nine straight games, dating back to the middle of the 2009 season. During that span, he has 12.5 sacks.
LB James Harrison
• Needs one sack to move into ninth place on the team’s all-time sack list ahead of Ernie Holmes (40.0). Harrison currently has 39.5 career sacks.