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Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1) vs. Atlanta Falcons (1-3)
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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
- Overall regular-season record: 117-62-1 (.653)/12th season
- Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 117-62-1 (.653)/12th season
- Playoff Record/Years: 8-7 (.533)/eight years
Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn
- Overall regular-season record: 30-22 (.577)/fourth season
- Regular-season record with Atlanta: 30-22 (.577)/fourth season
- Playoff Record/Years: 3-2 (.600)/two years
Steelers - Falcons History
- Series History: Series began in 1966
- Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 13-2-1
- In Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 6-0-1
- At Atlanta: Steelers lead, 7-2
- Neutral Sites: n/a
- Streak: Steelers won previous two meetings
- Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 14, 2014, in Atlanta
Pittsburgh 27, Atlanta 20
- Postseason Series: n/a
Last Postseason Meeting: n/a
- (preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)
- Date: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018
- Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
- Site: Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Playing Surface: Natural Grass
- TV Coverage: FOX (locally WPGH-TV, channel 53)
- Announcers: Chris Myers (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst) | Laura Okmin (sideline)
- Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network
WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
- Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)
- National Radio: Sports Radio USA
- Announcers: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Jason Taylor (analyst)
- Satellite Radio: SIRIUS: 113 (Atl), 105 (Pit) | XM: 386 (Atl), 232 (Pit)
- Referee: John Parry
This week’s game will mark the 17th regular-season meeting between Pittsburgh and Atlanta...the Steelers own an 11-game advantage in the regular-season series against the Falcons (13-2-1)... Sunday's game will be the eighth time the two teams will meet in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers have won or tied each of the seven meetings...the two teams have met seven times in the month of October during the regular season, with the Steelers holding a 6-1 advantage in the month vs. the Falcons, including a 4-0 mark at home in October.
|Last Week||L 26-14 vs. Baltimore||L 37-36 vs. Cincinnati|
|Coach vs. Opp.||Mike Tomlin: 2-0||Dan Quinn: 0-0|
|Passing||Ben Roethlisberger: 119-186-1414 (1L)-8-5-90.2||Matt Ryan: 99-145-1316-10-2-114.0|
|Rushing||James Conner: 63-232-3.7-3||Tevin Coleman: 54-210-3.9-1|
|Receiving||JuJu Smith-Schuster: 31-416-13.4-1||Julio Jones: 29-502 (1L)-17.3-0|
|Sacks||Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt: 3||Takkarist McKinley: 5|
|INTs||Many tied: 1||Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee: 1|
|Take/Give||-2 (7/9)||+2 (4/2)|
|Punting (Net)||Jordan Berry: 42.5 (37.6)||Matt Bosher: 45.1 (37.4)|
|Kicking||Chris Boswell: 18 (9/11 PAT; 3/6 FG)||Matt Bryant: 28 (10/11 PAT; 6/6 FG)|
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has completed 43 of 57 (75.4 pct.) for 598 yards (299 per game) with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in two career meetings. In his past 5 at home vs. NFC, has 1,660 pas yards (332 per game) with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 117.6 rating. Has 98+ rating in 12 of his past 14 games at home. Leads NFL with 1,414 pass yards (353.5 per game) & ranks 5th with 119 comp.
RB JAMES CONNER is 1 of 2 in AFC (MELVIN GORDON) with 200+ rush yards (232) & 150+ rec. yards
(164) in 2018.
WR ANTONIO BROWN had TD catch in Week 4. Had 10 catches for 123 yards in last meeting. In his past 9 vs. NFC, has 76 catches (8.4 per game) for 935 yards (103.9 per game) & 8 TDs. In his past 6 at home, has 679 rec. yards (113.2 per game) with 6 TDs. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of past 4 at home. Since entering league in 2017, ranks 7th in AFC with 1,333 rec. yards. TE VANCE MCDONALD has 2 TD catches of 75+ yards since 2016, tied for most in NFL.
LB JON BOSTIC tied for team lead with 9 tackles last week. Has 5 TFL & 2 sacks in past 4. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 vs. NFC. LB BUD DUPREE has 4 TFL, 2 sacks & INT-TD in his past 5 vs. NFC. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB JOE HADEN had INT in his last game vs. Atl. (11/23/14 with Cle.). LB VINCE WILLIAMS had 9 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row at home vs. NFC with TFL.
QB MATT RYAN has 1,065 pass yards (355 per game) & 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 137.9 rating in past 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TDs & 100+ rating. Passed for 310 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 102.3 rating in last meeting. In his past 4 on road vs. AFC, has 1,150 pass yards (287.5 per game), 7 TDs & 1 INT for 111.3 rating.
RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 300 scrimmage yards
(100 per game) & rush TD in his past 3 on road. Has 598 scrimmage yards (99.7 per game) & 2 rush TDs in his past 6 on road vs. AFC. RB TEVIN COLEMAN has 249 scrimmage yards (83 per game) & TD catch in past 3. Rookie RB ITO SMITH had 1st-career rush TD last week.
WR JULIO JONES led team with 9 receptions for 173 yards
in Week 4. Has 13 games with 150+ rec. yards since entering league in 2011, most in NFL over span. Has 17 catches for 318 yards (159 per game) is his past 2 road games. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 7+ receptions & 100+ rec. yards. WR
CALVIN RIDLEY leads NFL rookies with 264 rec. yards
& 6 TDs in 2018. His 6 rec. TDs are most by rookie in his team’s 1st 4 games of season in NFL history.
DE TAKKARIST MC KINLEY had 3 sacks last week, his
1st-career multi-sack game. Aims for 4th in row with sack. Has 4 sacks & FF in his past 2 vs. AFC. S DAMONTAE KAZEE had 7 tackles & 1st-career INT in Week 4. Aims for 3rd in row
with 7+ tackles. CB ROBERT ALFORD aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with PD. Since 2015, leads NFL with 59 PD.
Steelers 2018 Draft Class
S Terrell Edmunds (6-1, 217)
Rd. 1 28th Overall
Played collegiate football at Virginia Tech where he appeared in 37 games, making 31 starts…he totaled 182 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for losses…Edmunds started all 10 games en route to recording 59 tackles during the 2017 season.
WR James Washington (5-11, 213)
Rd. 2 60th Overall
Set an Oklahoma State University school record with 4,472 career receiving yards, also the second-best receiving yardage total in Big 12 conference history…he became one of two players in school history with three seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards and three years with at least 10 touchdown catches.
QB Mason Rudolph (6-5, 235)
Rd. 3 76th Overall
Led Oklahoma State University to a 32-9 record as the quarterback to produce the winningest record by a signal caller in school history…he finished his career holding no fewer than 54 school records, including single-season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency…his 13,618 career passing yards rank him fourth in Big 12 conference history.
OL Chukwuma Okorafor (6-8, 320)
Rd. 3 92nd Overall
At Western Michigan University, started each of his final 39 games… he was a first-team All-American selection following the 2017 campaign by the Football Writers Association of America.
S Marcus Allen (6-2, 215)
Rd. 5 148th Overall
Became the sixth player in Penn State football history to reach the 300-tackle mark in a career…his 321 stops rank fifth in program history… he was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2017, starting 13 games and recording 72 tackles (46 solo).
RB Jaylen Samuels (6-0, 225)
Rd. 5 165th Overall
Established a North Carolina State University school record for receptions in a career, finishing with 202…his 47 total touchdowns place him second in program annals and he finished fourth in touchdown receptions (19) and sixth in touchdown runs (28).
DT Joshua Frazier (6-4, 315)
Rd. 7 246th Overall
Played in 40 career games at the University of Alabama…he recorded 28 tackles (11 solo), with 4.5 tackles for losses, 2.0 sacks, one forced fumble and three passes defensed.