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Steelers at Texans NFL Week Four Capsule

STREAKS Past 2  
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 1-0 Kubiak: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 23-20 at Colts L 40-33 at Saints
LAST GAME 9/7/08: Texans 17 at Steelers 38. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger completes 13 of 14 passes (92.9 pct.) for 137 yards & 2 TDs. Steelers RB Willie Parker adds 138 rush yards & 3 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/18/05: Steelers 27, Texans 7. Roethlisberger throws for 254 yards with 2 TDs. Pittsburgh defense registers 8 sacks, including 3 by S Troy Polamalu.
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf. SIRIUS: 86 (Pit.), 128 (Hou.). XM: 228 (Hou.).



PASSING Roethlisberger: 69-108-942 (3C)-3-4-85.5 Schaub: 60-92-823-6-3-101.9
RUSHING Mendenhall: 49-148-3.0-1 Tate: 66-301-4.6-1
RECEIVING Wallace: 21 (T3L)-377 (2L)-18.0-2 A. Johnson: 21 (T3L)-316 (3C)-15.0-2
OFFENSE 380.3 400.7
DEFENSE 263.3 (2L) 332.0
SACKS Harrison: 2 A. Smith: 3 (T2C)
INTs Joseph: 2 (T3L)
PUNTING Sepulveda: 49.8 Hartmann (R): 45.0
KICKING Suisham: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/6 FG) Rackers: 36 (1L) (9/9 PAT; 9/9 FG)


STEELERS:  Club has won 8 of past 10 on road…In 2 career games vs. Houston, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 2-0 & has completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 pct.) for 391 yards with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 151.0 passer rating. Roethlisberger (147) needs 3 TD passes to join HOFer TERRY BRADSHAW (212) as 2nd QB in Steelers history with 150 TD…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL has 6 rush TDs in past 7 games…WR HINES WARD had 2 TDs in each of past 2 vs. Texans. Ward (11,819) needs 16 rec. yards to surpass HOFer DON MAYNARD (11,834) for 20th in NFL history. Dating back to 12/19/10, WR MIKE WALLACE aims for 7th consecutive game with 100+ rec. yards (102, 104, 105, 107, 126, 144). Had 81-yard TD reception last week…TE HEATH MILLER (295) needs 5 catches to become 1st Pit. TE with 300 career…LB JAMES HARRISON had 3 sacks in last game vs. Hou. Aims for 3rd straight game with sack…LB LA MARR WOODLEY had sack, INT & FR in only meeting vs. Texans…S TROY POLAMALU had career-best 3 sacks at Houston on 9/18/05… TEXANSIn past 7 Oct. games, QB MATT SCHAUB has 13 TDs vs. 4 INTs & 100.2 passer rating. Aims for 3rd consecutive game with 100+ passer rating (118.5, 103.9)…RB ARIAN FOSTER (1,906) needs 94 rush yards to reach 2,000 career. RB BEN TATE is averaging 100.3 rush yards per game in ’11 (301 total). FB JAMES CASEY had career-high 126 receiving yards (25.2 avg.) with 5 rec. & TD vs. Saints…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (694) needs 6 receptions to reach 700 career. Johnson had 10 catches for 112 yards (11.2 avg.) in last game vs. Pit. Aims for 4th consecutive game with 7 catches. Posted 1st 100-yard receiving game of season (128) & 38th of career last week…TE OWEN DANIELS seeks TD catch in 3rd straight game…DE MARIO WILLIAMS had 2 sacks in last game vs. Pit. DE ANTONIO SMITH aims for 4th consecutive game with sack. Rookie DE J.J. WATT (1st round, No. 11) registered 1st career sack last week…CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH seeks 3rd consecutive game with INT. Had 30-yard INT-TD return on 9/27/09 w/ Cin.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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