Jets vs. Steelers Game Report

RB CURTIS MARTIN is Pittsburgh native, attended Taylor-Allerdice HS & played at U. of Pittsburgh.<BR><BR>

STEELERS: Under head coach BILL COWHER, team has never lost to Jets (3-0) & is 14-1 (.933) vs. Jets all-time. Team is 13-3 (.813) in past 16 after Dec. 1……QB TOMMY MADDOX has 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5 road games & has won past 4 December starts. Maddox (3,009) needs 716 pass yards in final 3 games (239 yds/gm) to becomes club's all-time single-season passing leader, surpassing HOFer TERRY BRADSHAW (3,724 in 1979)……RB JEROME BETTIS posted season-high 106 rush yds last week & needs 5 yards to surpass HOFer FRANCO HARRIS for 8th place on NFL's all-time rushing list. Bettis has TD run in 3 of past 4……WR HINES WARD leads AFC with 82 catches & ties for 2nd-most TD receptions (9) in AFC. With 1 TD catch, Ward ties HOFer LYNN SWANN for most seasons with 10+ TD catches (2) by Steeler……DT KIMO VON OELHOFFEN tied career-best 3.0 sacks last wk & leads team with 8.0. CB BRENT ALEXANDER has 2 INTs in past 3 & leads club w/4……WR-PR ANTWAAN RANDLE EL stands 4th in AFC PR avg. (12.2) w/2 PR-TDs ……JETS: Are 7-1 (.875) in past 8 (incl. playoffs) at home after Nov. 1 under head coach HERMAN EDWARDS...... QB CHAD PENNINGTON is 11-7 (.611), completing 363 of 529 (68.6 pct.) for 4,159 yds & 34 TDs vs. 10 INTs for 105.6 passer rating as starter. Jets own 24.7 pts/gm avg. in his starts (vs. 14.6) since '02. Has 24 TDs vs. 0 INTs in redzone. In past 2 home Dec/Jan. starts (incl. playoffs), has 7 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 138.4 rating.....RB CURTIS MARTIN is Pittsburgh native, attended Taylor-Allerdice HS & played at U. of Pittsburgh. Has 953 rushing yards & needs 47 to become 2nd RB in NFL history with 1,000 yards in each of 1st 9 seasons (BARRY SANDERS, 10). Last week passed HOFer O.J. SIMPSON (11,236) for 12th on NFL's all-time rushing chart (11,314) & needs 39 yards to pass HOF RB JOHN RIGGINS (11,352) for 11th......WR SANTANA MOSS aims for TD catch in 8 of past 10 games (9 TDs in past 9) & leads AFC with 10 TD rec.......DE SHAUN ELLIS has 14.0 sacks in past 16 & is 2nd in AFC with 11.5. Has at least 0.5 sacks in 13 of past 16.


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