Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense11th113.7 (16th)246.0 (10th)
Defense2nd111.7 (15th)147.0 (1st)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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Pittsburgh has to figure a way to get to Kyle Orton on Monday night. One player who might be able to help the Steelers' cause is LaMarr Woodley.

Woodley has been quiet in his second season as the Steelers' starting left outside linebacker with just two sacks in seven games. He had 11.5 in 15 regular-season games in 2008 and has two in each of his four postseason games, becoming the only player in NFL history to accomplish that feat.

Woodley will square off against Chicago's Tyler Polumbus, who will be making his first NFL start at right tackle for injured Ryan Harris. Woodley said he hopes to do what he has not done often this season -- take advantage of his opportunities. He missed Brett Favre once in his past game and got him another time, only to have it canceled by a false start. Offensive tackles, he said, are "kicking back" to try to deny his rush.

"I have to find a way to get past that," Woodley said. "When I find a way to get past that -- it's still a long season -- it's really going to get dangerous."

--Punter Mitch Berger, who earned a Super Bowl XLIII ring with the Steelers, signed with Denver last week and will punt against his former teammates Monday night.

--WR Hines Ward was selected as the dirtiest player in the league by nearly a 2-1 margin over his closest competitor in one of those flawed but interesting Sports Illustrated player polls. Only 296 players took part and since the poll was conducted during training camps, some may not still be in the league. Ward polled 11.6 percent of the votes.

--WR Santonio Holmes is only third among Steelers pass-catchers with 30 but he's third in the NFL with 208 third-down receiving yards. His 497 yards are still on pace to produce his first 1,000-yard season.

11-1/4-0 - Coach Mike Tomlin's record in all prime time regular-season games and on Monday nights.

"We're going to try to do some of the same things Baltimore did to them." -- LB James Farrior on Denver's 30-7 loss to the Ravens Sunday.

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