Steelers host Seahawks at Heinz Field
Posted Sep 15, 2011
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (0-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
: Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011
: 1:00 p.m., ET
: Heinz Field (65,500) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
: FOX (locally WPGH-TV, channel 53)
: Kenny Albert (play-by-play) Daryl Johnston (color analyst) Tony Siragusa (sideline)
: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)Spanish Radio
: Grupo Imagen – Destrito
Steelers notes for Seahawks game
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 43-22 (.662)/fifth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 43-22 (.662)/fifth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-2/three years
Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll
Overall regular-season record: 40-41 (.494)/sixth seasonRegular-season record at Seattle: 7-10 (.412)/second seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 2-3/three years
: Series began in 1977
: Tied at 8-8
: Pittsburgh leads 6-2
: Seattle leads 6-1
Last Regular-Season Meeting
: Oct. 7, 2007 (in Pittsburgh)Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 0
: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
Last Postseason Meeting:
Feb. 5, 2006 (in Detroit)Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10 (Super Bowl XL)(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh is 8-8 in the regular season and 1-0 all-time in the postseason against the Seahawks, a 21-10 win in Super Bowl XL...the Steelers last played Seattle in 2007, winning 21-0 at home, it was the only time the Seahawks have visited Heinz Field...Seattle last won in Pittsburgh in 1999 (29-10)...since 2000, the Steelers are 2-1 against the Seahawks...as a head coach, Pete Carroll is 1-1 against the Steelers, winning at Pittsburgh as the head coach of New England in 1998 and losing at home in 1997...since 2000, Pittsburgh is 3-1 at home against NFC West teams.
• Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler
played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1978-1987. He was a teammate of Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith
• Seahawks running backs coach Sherman Smith
was born in nearby Youngstown, Ohio. He attended North High School and then Miami University (OH).
• Seahawks DT Al Woods
spent time on the Steelers’ practice squad during the 2010 season. Woods was added to the Steelers’ practice squad on September 8, 2010 and was claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 3, 2010.
• Seahawks QB Josh Portis
played collegiately just south of Pittsburgh at California University (Pa.).
• Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
was the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in 2006 along with Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell
who served as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator.
• Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll
and Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson
held the same positions on the New England Patriots’ coaching staff from 1997-1999. Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith
was also on the Patriots’ staff from 1997-1999, coaching quarterbacks and tight ends.
• Steelers S Troy Polamalu
played at the University of Southern California while Carroll was the head coach of the Trojans from 2001-2002. Polamalu was a teammate of Seahawks WR Mike Williams
• Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake
was a teammate of Seahawks linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr.
at UCLA from 1985-1987.
• Carroll and Wilson also held the same positions at the University of Southern California in 2001. Seahawks assistant defensive backs coach Rocky Seto
was also on the Trojans’ coaching staff in 2011, serving as a graduate assistant.
• Carroll also coached with Steelers assistant head coach/ defensive line coach John Mitchell
at the University of Arkansas in 1977 under legendary head coach Lou Holtz. Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel
was also on that staff in 1977.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians
and Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith
coached together for the Cleveland Browns from 2001-2003. Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler
was on that same staff from 2001-2002.
• Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau
coached with Seahawks assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel
for the Buffalo Bills in 2003.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• Pittsburgh looks for its ninth straight win in home openers.• The Steelers look to improve to 29-13 in home openers since 1970.• The Steelers are looking to improve to 9-8 all-time against the Seattle Seahawks.• Pittsburgh looks to improve to 7-2 at home against the Seahawks.• The Steelers look to win their fourth straight home game (including the postseason.• Pittsburgh will look to improve to 25-8 at home in the regularseason during the Mike Tomlin era (2007-present).
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Looks to improve his record in home openers to 5-0. Tomlin is the only head coach in Steelers’ history to win his first four home openers.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
Needs five touchdown passes to equal 150 for his career, becoming only the second Steelers’ quarterback to reach the mark (Terry Bradshaw).
Looking to go 5-0 in home openers.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs two rushing touchdowns to tie Walter Abercrombie (22)for the 10th-most in the team’s history.• Needs 78 yards to pass Kordell Stewart (2,561) for the 14th mostrushing yards in franchise history.
WR Mike Wallace
• With 100-yards receiving will record his 10th 100-yard receiving game of his career and his fifth straight.
WR Antonio Brown
• One kickoff return for a touchdown away from tying Larry Anderson and Will Blackwell (2) for the second-most career KORs for TDs in Pittsburgh history.
TE Heath Miller
• After recording three receptions for 42 yards in week one, needs11 receptions to reach 300 for his career, becoming the seventhplayer in franchise history to reach the mark.
LB James Harrison
• Needs 4.5 sacks to tie Greg Lloyd (53.5) for the sixth-highest career total in the history
of the Steelers.
SS Troy Polamalu
• One interception shy of tying Jack Lambert (28) for the ninth-most in Steelers’ history.• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno (3) for the third-most in franchise history.• Needs 41 yards to surpass Chad Scott (368) for the ninth-most interception return yards in a career in Steelers’ history.
DE Aaron Smith
• Needs two sacks to tie Dwight White (46.0) for the eighth-highest career total in Steelers’ history.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• After registering one sack against Baltimore to tie Ernie Holmes (40.0) for the 10th-most in franchise history needs four to catch teammate Aaron Smith (44.0) for the ninth most all-time.
Pre-Game Performance –
National Anthem -
Terrible Towel Twirl –
Louis and Ken Nacke – family of hero of Flight 93 Louis J. Nacke
Shanksville, Pa. Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard, first responders on the site of Flight 93 crash on Sept. 11, 2001.
Marshall University Marching Band