Rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger (No. 11) makes 1st NFL start. In NFL debut last week at Balt., Roethlisberger passed for 2 TDs in 4th quarter. Offense has scored 5 TDs in 6 red zone trips for 83.3 TD pct., best in AFC
In 2 career games vs. Dolphins, RB Duce Staley has 5.2-yard avg. on 25 carries.
RB Jerome Betts (59) needs 1 rush TD to become 2nd Steeler to reach 60 (Franco Harris, 91)
WR Hines Ward (38) needs 2 receiving TDs to surpass Louis Lipps (39) for 4th most in club history.
WR-PR-KR Antwaan Randle El caught rookie QB Roethlisberger's 1st career TD pass last Sunday
DE Aaron Smith has started 65 straight games. LB Clark Haggans (2.0) is 1 of 4 AFC LBs w/ 2.0+ sacks.
CB Deshea Townsend has 4 INTs in past 4 games. Defense has allowed only 2 TDs in 6 red zone trips……
Miami Dolphins: NFL-best 26-10 (.722) in September since 1994
Head coach Wannstedt attended Pittsburgh's Baldwin HS, played at U. of Pittsburgh & was assistant coach at Pitt from 1975-78, as team went 34-9-1 (.784) & won 3 Bowl games
QB A.J. Feeley has 4-2 (.667) record as starting QB & has thrown 2 TDs in past 6 quarters
RB Lamar Gordon has 13 catches in 1st 2 games, ranks No. 2 among AFC RBs (Davis, Hou., 16)
In past 5 Sept. games, WR Chris Chambers has 27 catches for 364 yards & 4 TDs
TE Randy McMichael stands 1st among NFL TEs with 14 catches. In past 3 home games, McMichael has 18 catches for 214 yards & 1 TD. Dolphins are only club w/ 3 players among AFC top 10 reception leaders: McMichael (14), Gordon (13), Chambers (11)
Defense has surrendered 1 TD. LB Zach Thomas had 17-yard INT-TD in last meeting, also adding team-high 11 tackles. Dolphins are 19-3 (.864) when CB Patrick Surtain had INT & have won 7 in row.
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) @ Miami Dolphins (0-2)
|STREAKS||2 of past 3|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Cowher: 3-2||Wannstedt: 0-2|
|LAST WEEK||L 30-13 at Ravens||L 16-13 at Bengals|
|LAST GAME||9/20/98: Steelers 0 at Dolphins 21. Miami's defense records 3 INTs as Dolphins record 1st shutout in 6 years.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||9/20/98|
|BROADCAST||CBS (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Brent Jones|
|PASSING||Roethlisberger (R): 12-20-176-2-2-82.5||Feeley: 42-70-386-2-3-66.7|
|RUSHING||Staley: 40-148-3.7-0||Gordon: 31-54-1.7-0|
|RECEIVING||Ward: 13-250 (1L)-19.2-1||McMichael (TE): 14 (3C)-172-12.3-1|
|SACKS||Haggans, A. Smith: 2.0||7 tied: 1.0|
|INTs||Farrior, Townsend: 1||J. Taylor: 1|
|PUNTING||Gardocki: 42.1||Turk: 41.0|
|KICKING||Reed: 7 (4/4 PAT; 1/2 FG)||Mare: 8 (2/2 PAT; 2/3 FG)|