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Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3-1) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (8-3)
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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
- Overall regular-season record: 123-63-1 (.660)/12th season
- Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 123-63-1 (.660)/12th season
- Playoff Record/Years: 8-7 (.533)/eight years
Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn
- Overall regular-season record: 17-11 (.607)/third season
- Regular-season record with Los Angeles: 17-10 (.630)/second season
- Playoff Record/Years: n/a
Steelers - Chargers History
- Series History: Series began in 1970
- Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 22-7
- In Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 14-1
- At San Diego/Los Angeles: Steelers lead, 8-6
- Neutral Sites: n/a
- Streak: Steelers won previous meeting
- Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 12, 2015, at San Diego
Pittsburgh 24, San Diego 20
- Postseason Series: Chargers lead, 2-1
- Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 11, 2009, in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 35, San Diego 24 - AFC Divisional Playoff
- (preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)
This week’s game will mark the 30th regular-season meeting between Pittsburgh and San Diego/Los Angeles... the Steelers own a 15-game advantage in the regular-season series against the Chargers (22-7)... Sunday's game will be the 16th time the two teams will meet in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers won each of the first 14 home games of the series... the two teams have met 11 times in the month of December (6-5).
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
- Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. ET
- Site: Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Playing Surface: Natural Grass
- TV Coverage: NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
- Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst) | Michele Tafoya (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: Westwood One
- Announcers: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) | Ross Tucker (analyst)
- Satellite Radio: SIRIUS: 81 (LAC), 83 (Pit) | XM: 226 (LAC), 225 (Pit)
- Referee: Bill Vinovich
|Last Week||L 24-17 at Denver||W 45-10 vs. Arizona|
|Coach vs. Opp.||Mike Tomlin: 3-1||Anthony Lynn: 0-0|
|Passing||Ben Roethlisberger: 312-472-3664-24-12-95.9||Philip Rivers: 239-344-3119-26-6-115.7|
|Rushing||James Conner: 186-849-4.6-10||Melvin Gordon: 153-802-5.2-9|
|Receiving||JuJu Smith-Schuster: 77-1055-13.7-4||Keenan Allen: 69-848-12.3-4|
|Sacks||T.J. Watt: 10||Melvin Ingram: 5.5|
|INTs||Many tied: 1||Desmond King: 3|
|Take/Give||-7 (12/19)||+4 (14/10)|
|Punting (Net)||Jordan Berry: 44.0 (39.5)||Donnie Jones: 42.6 (38.9)|
|Kicking||Chris Boswell: 60 (33/37 PAT; 9/13 FG)||Michael Badgley (R): 43 (16/17 PAT; 9/9 FG)|
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 41 of 56 (73.2 pct.) for 462 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 300+ pass yards. In his last meeting, passed for 285 yards with 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 87.9 rating. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 3,664 pass yards & is 1 of 2 NFL players (MATT RYAN, 9 seasons) with 3,500+ pass yards in each of past 6 seasons.
RB JAMES CONNER had 95 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 42 rec.) last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with rush TD. In 5 home games this season, has 579 scrimmage yards (115.8 per game) & 6 rush TDs. Is 1 of 4 NFL players with 1,300+ scrimmage yards (1,302) & 10+ TDs (11) in 2018.
WR ANTONIO BROWN has 10 TD catches in his past 9. Had rec. TD in his last home meeting (12/9/12). In his past 10 at home, has 1,015 rec. yards (101.5 per game) & 12 TD catches. Ties for NFL lead with 11 TD catches & is 1 of 3 in NFL (DAVANTE ADAMS & TYREEK HILL) with 800+ rec. yards (874) & 10+ rec. TDs. WR JU JU SMITH-SCHUSTER tied career-high with 13 catches & had 189 rec. yards, incl. 97-yard TD catch last week. Is 1 of 3 players in NFL history (GUS TINSLEY & LAMAR MILLER) with multiple scrimmage TDs of 97+ yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. T ALEJANDRO VILLANUEVA had 1st-career rec. TD last week.
LB T.J. WATT has 3 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 3. Has 5 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 at home. LB VINCE WILLIAMS had sack in Week 12. Aims for his 4th in row with sack.
QB PHILIP RIVERS completed 28 of 29 (96.6 pct.) for 259 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138.4 rating last week. His 25 consecutive completions were most in single game in NFL history & tied with RYAN TANNEHILL (Weeks 6-7, 2015) for most in league history at any point. His 96.6 comp. pct. was highest in single game in NFL history (min. 20 att.), surpassing HOFer KURT WARNER (92.3 pct. on 9/20/09 vs. Jax.). Has 2+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 11 games this season & is 1 of 4 QBs in NFL history with multiple TD passes in each of team’s 1st 11 games of season. Completed 35 of 48 (72.9 pct.) for 365 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 99.7 rating in last meeting.
RB AUSTIN EKELER had 103 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 35 rush) & rush TD last week, his 3rd career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row with 65+ scrimmage yards.
WR KEENAN ALLEN had 7 catches for 72 yards & TD in Week 12. Has TD catch in each of his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 100+ scrimmage yards. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 2 TD catches last week, his 2nd- career multi-TD game. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road.
DE JOEY BOSA had 2 sacks last week, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. AFC North. Rookie S DERWIN JAMES had INT last week. Is only NFL player with 75+ tackles (78), 3+ sacks (3.5) & 2+ INTs (2). Leads team & ranks ties for 2nd among NFL rookies with 9 PD.
|Record vs. Spread||6-4-1||6-5-0|
|Points Scored||316 (6th)||307 (7th)|
|Points Allowed||249 (11th)||219 (4th)|
|Takeaway Diff.||-7 (26th)||+4 (10th)|
|Pass Yds/Game||325 (2nd)||273 (10th)|
|Rush Yds/Game||95 (27th)||128 (8th)|
|Def. Pass Yds/Game||223 (6th)||227 (7th)|
|Def. Rush Yds/Game||101 (9th)||107 (13th)|
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.