Location: Pittsburgh PA; Stadium: Heinz Field; Weather: 31 degrees, snow showers; Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET; Line: Pittsburgh -3; TV Coverage: CBS; Announcers: Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (analyst); Coaches: Mike Tomlin (Steelers) vs. Joe Philbin (Dolphins)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Coming off of a loss against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers need a win on Sunday more than ever to keep their season alive. The Steelers went 3-1 in the month of November and changed their season completely around. The Steelers stand at 5-7 and must win out to keep hopes of a winning season.
Offensively, the Steelers are really looking dangerous, however, their loss of center Fernando Velasko could be a huge set back for the black and gold. The Steelers will turn to Cody Wallace as their starting center. Coaches and players seem confident in Wallace’s abilities. Running back Le’Veon Bell looks to be back on the field after suffering a concussion on Thanksgiving.
Defensively, the Steelers have to match up against Mike Wallace who has been picking up some slack as of late. The defense played well in the month of November but gave up some key plays against the Ravens. The defense will need to help set the tone in Heinz Field.
Miami Dolphins: Offensively, the Miami Dolphins have been up and down. Quarterback Ryan Tannehil has been sacked more than any quarterback in the National Football League (45). The offense has started to click as of late. Head coach Joe Philbin told the media they had a great week of practice and will be ready to go on Sunday.
Defensively, the Dolphins rank 14th in the NFL. They give an average of 343 yards a game but have recorded 37 sacks in 12 games. The defensive line may be their biggest strength led by Cameron Wake.
|12/08/13||S||Chris Clemons||KNEE, HAMSTRING||PROBABLE|
|12/08/13||QB||Ryan Tannehill||RIGHT THUMB||PROBABLE|
Tale of the tape:
|Field Goal %||92.3||6|
|Field Goal %||92.6||28|
|Field Goal %||76.7||27|
|Field Goal %||86.7||19|
Spotlight Player: Cornerback Ike Taylor will be lining up against Mike Wallace or Brian Hartline. Both receivers are effective but completely different. Taylor will need to be on his A game.
Bottom Line: The Steelers need to win in week 14 to stay alive. If they lose, their playoff hopes will just about be gone. It’s win or go home on Sunday.
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