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Steelers Vs. Saints: NFL Week 8 Notes, Stats And Trends

NOTES

STEELERS:

  • Club has won 3 of past 4 vs. Saints since '90...
  • Pit has 10-4 record (.714) vs. NFC under MIKE TOMLIN...
  • Steelers seek 5th straight win on road...
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger (19,861) needs 139 passing yards to become 2nd QB in franchise history w/ 20,000 (Terry Bradshaw, 27,989). Has 18-5 record (.783) vs. NFC w/ 32 TDs vs. 16 INTs & 94.2 passer rating. Had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 127.7 passer rating in only meeting vs. NO on 11/12/06...
  • RB Rashard Mendenhall (5) needs 2 rush TDs to tie career high of 7 in '09...
  • WR Hines Ward aims for 3rd game in row w/ TD rec. Posted 2nd 100-yard rec. game of season last week (131) & 27th of career. 
  • WR Mike Wallace has 4 TD rec. in '10 & averages 42.3 yards per TD rec. (169 total)...Defense allows league-low 13.7 points per game this year...
  • Wallace, S Ryan Clark & CB Ike Taylor are natives of La...
  • LB Lawrence Timmons leads team w/ 60 tackles.

SAINTS:

  • QB Drew Brees has won 8 of 9 vs. AFC (incl. SB). In those 9, has completed 226 of 324 (69.8 pct.) for 2,600 yards with 17 TDs vs. 8 INTs for 100.8 rating. Last week, became fastest QB in history to reach 20,000 yards with new team (70 games). Since joining NO in '06, has 20,327 pass yards (most in NFL during span) & is 2nd Saints QB to reach 20,000 (Archie Manning, 21,734). Passed for 398 yards & 1 TD in last meeting...
  • RB Chris Ivory has 206 rush yards in past 2 (103 per game). 
  • RB Pierre Thomas has 4 rush TDs in past 5 vs. AFC...
  • WR Marques Colston aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with TD catch. In last meeting, had 10 catches for 169 yards (16.9 avg.).
  • In only game vs. Pit., TE Jeremy Shockey had 2-yard TD catch (12/18/04 w/ NYG)...
  • LB Scott Shanle had sack in last meeting. 
  • S Darren Sharper has 3 TFLs in past 2 vs. Pit.
  • LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar had 1st career sack in Week 7

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