Steelers take on Texans in Houston
Posted Sep 29, 2011
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) at Houston Texans (2-1)
: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011
: 1:00 p.m., ET
: Reliant Stadium (71,054) • Houston, Texas
: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play)Dan Dierdorf (color analyst)
: 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 Federal (Mexico City)XEDA-FM 90.5
Steelers notes for Texans game
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 45-22 (.671)/fifth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 45-22 (.671)/fifth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-2/three years
Houston Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak
Overall regular-season record: 39-44 (.469)/sixth seasonRegular-season record at Houston: 39-44 (.469)/sixth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: n/a
: Series began in 2002
: Pittsburgh leads 2-1
: Series tied at 1-1
: Pittsburgh leads 1-0
Last Regular-Season Meeting
: Sept. 7, 2008 (in Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh 38, Houston 17
Pittsburgh is 2-1 in the regular season against Houston...the Steelers have won the last two meetings between the two by a combined score of 65-24...Pittsburgh has played at Reliant Stadium once, winning 27-7 in 2005...Head Coach Mike Tomlin is 1-0 versus Houston, winning 38-17 at Heinz Field in 2008...the Steelers are 10-9 against the AFC South since it was formed in 2002...under Head Coach Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh is 5-3 against the AFC South.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to improve to 326-206 all-time against AFC opponents.
• The Steelers are looking to win their third straight game and improve to 3-1 all-time during the regular season against the Houston Texans. • Pittsburgh looks to improve to 2-0 on the road against the Texans.
• The Steelers look to earn their second consecutive victory against an AFC South opponent and improve to 11-9 against the division since it formed in 2002.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Will attempt to improve his record to 5-3 against the AFC South and 2-0 against the Texans.
With a win, will improve to 21-14 on the road versus AFC opponents during the regular season, including winning eight of the last nine.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
Needs three touchdown passes to equal 150 for his career, becoming only the second Steelers’ quarterback to reach the mark (Terry Bradshaw, 212).
After registering the seventh-most passing yards of his career (364) last week at Indianapolis, is looking to register back-to-back 300 yard passing games for only the second time in his career (301, 10/29/06, at Oak; 433, 11/5/06, vs. Den).
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs two rushing touchdowns to pass Walter Abercrombie (22) for the 10th-most in the team’s history.
WR Mike Wallace
• With 100-yards receiving will record his 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career and his seventh straight.
• Needs one more 100-yard receiving game to tie the NFL record for consecutive games with 100-yards receiving.
WR Hines Ward
• Needs 16 receiving yards to surpass Hall of Famer Don Maynard (11,834) for 20th in NFL history.
TE Heath Miller
• After recording a season-high five receptions for 71 yards in the Week Three win over Indianapolis, needs five receptions to reach 300 for his career, becoming the seventh player in franchise history to reach the mark and only the second tight end.
LB James Harrison
• After recording a sack and forced fumble of QB Curtis Painter in Week Three, needs 2.5 sacks to tie Greg Lloyd (53.5) for the sixth highest career total in team history.
SS Troy Polamalu
• After returning a fumble 16 yards for the second fumble returned for a touchdown of his career, is one away from tying Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history.
• Needs one touchdown to move into a tie for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history:
• 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 1.5 sacks in the first two games to surpass Ernie Holmes (40.0) for the 10th-most in franchise history, needs 3.5 to catch teammate Aaron Smith (44.0) for the ninth most all-time.