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Default Week 5 Gameday Thread: Titans @ Steelers 10/9/11

Steelers host Titans at Heinz Field
Posted Oct 6, 2011
http://www.steelers.com/news/article...f-955844f5df5b



Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) vs. Tennessee Titans (3-1)
Date
: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011
Kickoff
: 1:00 p.m., ET
Site
: Heinz Field (65,500) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface
: Grass
TV Coverage
: CBS (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers
: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play)Dan Dierdorf (color analyst)
Local Radio
: Steelers Radio NetworkWDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers
: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play)Tunch Ilkin (color analyst)Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio:
Sports USA Radio Network
Announcers:
Bob Fitzgerald (play-by-play)Ross Tucker (color analyst)Tony Graziani (sideline reporter)Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen – Destrito

Steelers notes for Titans game
THE COACHES

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 45-23 (.662)/fifth seasonRegular-season record at Pittsburgh: 45-23 (.662)/fifth seasonPlayoff Record/Years: 5-2/three years

Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak
Overall regular-season record: 3-1 (.750)/first seasonRegular-season record at Tennessee: 3-1 (.750)/first seasonPlayoff Record/Years: n/a

SERIES HISTORY

Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 43-30
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 25-10
At Tennessee (Houston): Tennessee leads 20-18
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Sept. 19, 2010 (in Tennessee)
Pittsburgh 19, Tennessee 11
Postseason Series: 3-1
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 11, 2003 (in Tennessee)
Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31 (OT) (Divisional Playoffs)
(postseason record included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh is 40-29 in the regular season against Tennessee...the Steelers are 3-1 in the
post-season against the Titans, including a 2-0 record in AFC Championship games...Pittsburgh has won the last three home games against Tennessee...the last time the Titans won in Pittsburgh was in 2000 (23-20)...Tennessee last played at Heinz Field in 2009, losing 13-10 in overtime...the last two games between the Titans and Steelers have been decided by a combined 11 points.

PITTSBURGH-HOUSTON CONNECTIONS

LOCAL CONNECTIONS

• Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak played at Penn State Universityfrom 1979-1981. Munchak was teammates with Titans specialteams assistant Chet Parlavecchio.
• Titans rookie defensive back Tommie Campbell was born in Aliquippa, Pa. Campbell played for the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-2006 and local Edinboro University in 2007 before transferring to California (Pa.) University.
• Steelers OG Ramon Foster was born in Henning, Tenn. And attended the University of Tennessee. Steelers OT Chris Scott also attended the University of Tennessee.
• Titans LB Patrick Bailey was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke prior to the 2008 season. Bailey appeared in 28 games for the Steelers in two seasons, recording one tackle and adding 35 special teams tackles. Bailey appeared in all three postseason contests for the Steelers in 2008, recording two special teams tackles and helping lead the Steelers to a victory in Super Bowl XLIII. Bailey was the winner of the Joe Greene Great Performance Award as Steelers’ Rookie of the Year.
• Titans S Chris Hope was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (94th overall pick) of the 2002 NFL Draft. Hope played for the Steelers from 2002-2005, playing in 62 games and starting 32 of them. Hope tallied 212 tackles, four interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hope saw action in eight postseason contests with six starts for the Steelers, recording 32 tackles and five special teams stops, helping the Steelers to victory in Super Bowl XL.
• Titans S Anthony Smith was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (83rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. Smith played in 46 games, making 14 starts for the Steelers in three seasons. Smith recorded 79 tackles, four interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for Pittsburgh.
• Titans WR Nate Washington was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University in 2005. Washington played for the Steelers from 2005-2008, recording 104 receptions for 1,705 yards and 12 touchdowns in 49 games played in the regular season. Washington played in seven postseason contests, recording nine receptions for 83 yards, and helped lead the Steelers to victories in Super Bowl XL and XLIII.

PRO CONNECTIONS

• Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and Titans offensive line coach Art Valero were on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ staff together from 2002-2005. Steelers S Will Allen played for the Buccaneers while Valero was on the staff from 2004-2007.
• Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray were on the Buffalo Bills coaching staff together in 2003.
• Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler was on the Cleveland Browns’ staff with Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer from 1999-2000.
• Steelers special teams coach Al Everest and Titans running backs coach Jim Skipper and senior assistant Dave McGinnis were all on the Arizona Cardinals’ coaching staff in 1996.
• Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery played for the Denver Broncos from 2000-2002 when Titans linebackers coach Frank Bush was on the Broncos’ staff.
• Steelers K Shaun Suisham played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2005-2006 when Titans quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer were on the Cowboys’ staff. Suisham also played for the Redskins from 2006-2009, when Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray was on the Redskins’ staff. Titans defensive assistant Arthur Smith was also on the Redskins’ staff from 2007-2008.
• Steelers S Will Allen and Titans LB Barrett Ruud were teammates with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2005-2009.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS


• Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery and Titans offensive assistant Charles London coached at Duke University together in 2006.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was the quarterback for the Virginia Tech Hokies in 1974, when Titans special teams coach Alan Lowry was an assistant coach for the Hokies.
• Titans defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was coaching for the University of Mississippi in 2008 when Steelers WR Mike Wallace was a senior.
• Titans defensive assistant Arthur Smith and Steelers LS Greg Warren were teammates at the University of North Carolina from 2001-2004.
• Steelers CB Bryant McFadden and Titans S Chris Hope were teammates at Florida State University from 2000-2001.
• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and Titans C/G Leroy Harris were teammates at North Carolina State University in 2003.
• Steelers OT Jamon Meredith and Titans TE Jared Cook were teammates at the University of South Carolina from 2005-2007.
• Steelers OT Jonathan Scott and Titans S Michael Griffin were teammates at the University of Texas from 2003-2005.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR

PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES

• The Steelers look to improve to 326-207 all-time against AFC opponents.
• Pittsburgh looks to earn its second victory in the last three games against an AFC South opponent and improve to 11-10 against the division since it formed in 2002.
• The Steelers look to improve to 5-5 at home against the AFC South.
• Pittsburgh’s defense looks to give up less than 150 passing yards for the fourth consecutive game. It would mark the longest such streak for the Steelers defense since 2007 (11/5 - 11/26).

PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Will attempt to improve his record to 6-4 against the AFC South (3-2 at home) and 3-1 against the Titans, including 2-0 at Heinz Field.
• Including the postseason, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin looks to earn the 51st victory of his career, tying Raymond Parker for the third most wins by a head coach in franchise history.

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).

RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Needs one rushing touchdown to tie Rocky Bleier (23) for the ninth-most in team history.

WR Mike Wallace
• With 100 yards receiving will record his 12th 100-yard receiving game of his career and the fourth of this season. With 12 100-yard receiving games, Wallace will tie Plaxico Burress and Lynn Swann for the fourth most in franchise history. If Wallace records at least 100 yards receiving it will be his seventh 100 yard receiving game in the last eight regular season games. Below is the numbers from Wallace’s last seven regular-season
games:

WR Hines Ward
• Needs 67 receiving yards to surpass Hall of Famer Michael Irvin (11,904) for 19th in NFL history.

TE Heath Miller
• After recording three receptions for 15 yards in the Week Four at Houston, needs two 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
• 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 returnedfor a touchdown of his career vs. Indianapolis, is one away fromtying Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdownsin franchise history.• Needs one touchdown to move into a tie for the second-mostdefensive touchdowns in Steelers history:• One interception shy of tying Jack Lambert (28) for the ninth-mostin Steelers’ history.• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie CarnellLake, 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-mostinterception return yards in a career in Steelers’ history.

LB LaMarr Woodley
• Needs 3.5 sacks to catch teammate Aaron Smith (44.0) for theninth most all-time.
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