KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)
SERIES: 19th regular-season meeting, Steelers lead the series 13-5. They also are 5-0 against the Colts in the playoffs, including the last time they played them at Indianapolis on Jan. 15, 2006 -- a 21-18 victory that put Pittsburgh into the AFC championship game and ultimately a Super Bowl XL victory. The Steelers are 10-1 at home against the Colts, plus 3-0 in the playoffs.
PREDICTION: Steelers 27-24
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Colts have already beaten two top-notch 3-4 defenses in Baltimore and New England, but coach Tony Dungy admitted he is wary of the speed of Pittsburgh's outside linebackers and the Steelers' ability to create confusion. The offensive line hasn't been as stout as in recent seasons, leading to more off-target throws from QB Peyton Manning. The game could swing on how effective RB Joseph Addai is in attacking the league's No. 3-ranked run defense and setting up play-action. ... The Steelers have forced the Colts to prepare for two quarterbacks by not announcing whether Ben Roethlisberger would be ready to play or if Byron Leftwich will start. Either way, the Steelers' offense doesn't change much. The speed of the Colts' undersized front seven will be difficult for Pittsburgh's offensive line to handle. This would be a good week for the Steelers to get back to their vaunted running game and hammer away against a Colts run defense that is better but hardly imposing with SS Bob Sanders back in the lineup.
KEY INJURIES: Colts: CB Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) is not expected to play. Steelers: TE Heath Miller (ankle) is out; RB Willie PArker is doubtful; Roethlisberger (shoulder) is questionable; LT Marvel Smith (back spasms) is uncertain.
FAST FACTS: The Colts have been outscored 65-35 in losing their past two road games. ... Roethlisberger is on pace to be sacked a franchise-record 52 times.
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