Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th86.4 (26th)251.1 (10th)
Defense13th115.6 (18th)221.6 (10th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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Strategy and personnel · Notes, quotes · Inside slant
 

--The 6:05 possession time by the Buffalo Bills in the first half of their game last Sunday against the Steelers was the lowest of any NFL team for one half this season.

--Starting free safeties Ryan Clark of Pittsburgh and Ed Reed of Baltimore go back to their high school days in Louisiana.

"Me and Ed visited Tulane together," Clark said."We graduated high school in Louisiana the same year. Played in the same all-star game. Every week I thought I'd get Player of the Week; he'd get it. I'd have a game where I might get two picks, he'd get three and run one back for a touchdown. He's still that same great player."

--QB Ben Roethlisberger practiced on Wednesday wearing a fortified right shoe to protect his sprained right foot. He vowed to play in Baltimore.

"I will not be out there if I'm going to hurt this team. If I can help the team win, I'll be out there," he said.

Roethlisberger has a 7-2 record starting against the Ravens, including his past five starts, one an AFC championship.

"I guess I got lucky a couple of times," he explained.

BY THE NUMBERS
13-5 -- Record of coach Mike Tomlin in prime-time regular-season games since he became Steelers coach in 2007. They were once 12-0 and are 1-5 since their loss in Baltimore last season in Week 12.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"The secret in this thing is there are no secrets. If you want to be a dominant team, if you want to be a good team, if you want to make a splash, you've got to take your show on the road in hostile environments against known opponents, familiar opponents, and make the significant plays that are necessary to win." -- Coach Mike Tomlin on playing in Baltimore Sunday night.

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