Steelers take on Ravens in AFC North battle
Posted Dec 4, 2010
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) at Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
Date: Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
Kickoff: 8:20 p.m., ET
Site: M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) Baltimore, Md.
Playing Surface: Sportexe Momentum
TV Coverage: NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play) Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) Andrea Kremer (sideline)
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)
National Radio: Westwood One Radio
Announcers: Dave Sims (play-by-play) James Lofton (color analyst) Sean Landeta (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City) XEDA-FM 90.5
Steelers-Ravens complete game notes.
A Look at the Coaches
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 39-20 (.661)/fourth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 39-20 (.661)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years
Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh
Overall Regular-season Record: 28-15 (.651)/third season
Regular-season Record at Baltimore: 28-15 (.651)/third season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-2/two years
Series History: Series began in 1996
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 17-12
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 10-5
At Baltimore: Series tied 7-7
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 3, 2010 (in Pittsburgh)
Baltimore 17, Pittsburgh 14
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-0
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh owns a 17-12 record all-time against the Baltimore Ravens in the regular season, including a 10-5 mark at home and a 7-7 record on the road...the Ravens defeated Pittsburgh in Week 4 this season, 17-14, at Heinz Field, snapping a three game winning streak at home for the Steelers...the Steelers have swept the season series four times (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008)...the Ravens swept the 2006 season series, marking the only time Pittsburgh had been swept in the series...the Steelers defeated the Ravens three times in 2008, including a 23-14 victory in the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field...Pittsburgh is 2-0 all0time in the postseason against the Ravens.
Several Steelers have ties to the Ravens and the Baltimore area.
Steelers with direct ties to the Ravens and Baltimore/Maryland include LB James Harrison, who signed with the Ravens after the 2003 NFL season and was allocated by Baltimore to the NFL Europe League in 2004. RB Isaac Redman played at Bowie State.
Ravens with ties to the Steelers or Western Pa. include QB Joe Flacco, who started his collegiate career at Pitt before transferring to Delaware. QB Marc Bulger grew up in Pittsburgh and played at Central Catholic High and then West Virginia. Strength and conditioning coach Bob Rogucki coached at Penn State (1981), while assistant strength and conditioning coach John Dunn played at Penn State (1974-77) and later coached for the Nittany Lions (1978). Wide receivers coach Jim Hostler was born in Pittsburgh
and played (1986-89) and coached (1990-92, 94-99) at IUP.
What To Look For
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
The Steelers look to improve to: 18-12 all-time against the Ravens.
8-7 on the road in the series against the Ravens.
6-1 on the road this year.
7-2 against AFC opponents this year.
3-1 against AFC North opponents this year.
14-5 in primetime games under fourth-year head coach Mike Tomlin.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
RB Rashard Mendenhall
Needs 38 yards rushing to post his second straight 1,000-yard rushing season. He currently has 962 yards rushing on the season and totaled a career-best 1,108 rushing yards in 2009.
WR Mike Wallace
Needs 208 yards receiving to post his first career 1,000-yard season. He has already surpassed last seasons total of 756 receiving yards as he now has 792 yards in 2010.
Needs five receiving touchdowns to break the teams single-season record, which is 12 held by Hines Ward (2002), Louis Lipps (1985) and Buddy Dial (1961).
Needs receptions to set a career high for catches in a season. He currently has 36 after finishing with 39 as a rookie in 2009.
LB James Harrison
Needs 1.5 sacks to reach 50 for his career, becoming just the seventh player in team history to total at least 50 career sacks.
Needs one forced fumble to match his career high of seven and to tie the team record for forced fumbles in a season, which he currently shares with Greg Lloyd (1994). Harrison had seven in 2008 and has forced six in 2010.