Capsule STEELERS (9-3) VS. RAVENS (3-9)

December 01, 1996|By Gary Lambrecht

Site: Memorial Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

TV: Chs. 11, 4

Announcers: Jim Lampley and Bob Golic

Radio: WLIF (101.9 FM), WJFK (1300 AM)

Line: Steelers by 6

Records on grass: Steelers 2-1; Ravens 3-6.

Last week: Steelers beat Dolphins in Miami, 24-17; Ravens lost to Jaguars in overtime at Memorial Stadium, 28-25.

Streaks: Steelers have won four of their last five; Ravens have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games.

Last meeting: In Week 2, the Steelers beat the Ravens, 31-17, in Pittsburgh.

Series: Ravens, including rivalry with Pittsburgh as Cleveland Browns, hold a 52-41 lead.

Who's hot: Steelers: RB Jerome Bettis is second in the AFC with 1,236 rushing yards. RB Erric Pegram is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. WR Charles Johnson is averaging 17.9 yards on 41 catches. LB Chad Brown leads the team with 11 sacks. CB Rod Woodson has six interceptions, including four in his last three games. Ravens: WR Michael Jackson is on an 80-catch pace and needs just 62 receiving yards to reach 1,000. Jackson also is second among AFC receivers with 10 TDs. FS Eric Turner has an interception in each of his last five games. TE Brian Kinchen had a career-high nine catches in last week's loss. LB Mike Croel has 15 solo tackles in his last two games.

Who's not: Steelers: QB Mike Tomczak has thrown five interceptions in his last three games. P Josh Miller is next-to-last in the AFC with a 40.6-yard average. K Norm Johnson has missed seven of 26 field-goal attempts. Ravens: After rushing for 109 yards against Jacksonville three weeks ago, RB Bam Morris has gained only 122 yards on 42 carries. QB Vinny Testaverde has not thrown a touchdown pass in his last eight quarters. Since joining the lineup Oct. 20, TE Eric Green has caught only 13 passes and missed last week's game with a sore knee.

Injuries:

STEELERS: Out: TE Mark Bruener (knee), WR Yancey Thigpen (foot). Questionable: LB Chad Brown (ankle). Probable: RB Jerome Bettis (quadriceps), DE Brentson Buckner (wrist), TE Jonathan Hayes (ankle), DE Bill Johnson (elbow), RB Fred McAfee (shoulder), LB Jerry Olsavsky (ankle), RB Jon Witman (shoulder), CB Rod Woodson (ankle).

RAVENS: Out: DE Rob Burnett (knee), LB Craig Powell (shoulder). Doubtful: LB Jerrol Williams (knee). Questionable: C Steve Everitt (shoulder), DT Dan Footman (arm), FB Carwell Gardner (shoulder), TE Eric Green (knee), CB DeRon Jenkins (thigh), S Stevon Moore (hip), RB Bam Morris (knee). Probable: RB Randy Baldwin (thigh), LB Keith Goganious (knee).

Key: O-Out. D-doubtful, 25 percent chance of playing. Q-questionable, 50 percent. P-probable, 75 percent.

' Statistical comparison:

NFL RANKINGS

............. Tot. ... Off.Rush ... Pass ... Def.Tot. ... Rush ... Pass

Steelers .... 15 ..... 2 .......... 28 ..... 4 .......... 4 ...... 4

Ravens ...... 3 ...... 16 ......... 2 ...... 29 ......... 26 ..... 29

OFFENSE .............. Steelers ... Ravens

FIRST DOWNS .......... 222 ........ 261

Rushing .............. 111 ........ 82

Passing .............. 106 ........ 160

Penalty .............. 5 .......... 19

YDS GAINED (tot) ..... 3847 ....... 4333

Avg per Game ......... 320.6 ...... 361.1

RUSHING (net) ........ 1708 ....... 1281

Avg per Game ......... 142.3 ...... 106.8

Rushes ............... 404 ........ 314

Yards per Rush ....... 4.2 ........ 4.1

PASSING (net) ........ 2139 ....... 3052

Avg per Game ......... 178.3 ...... 254.3

Passes Att. .......... 313 ........ 438

Completed ............ 175 ........ 254

Pct Completed ........ 55.9 ....... 58.0

Yards Gained ......... 2254 ....... 3263

Sacked ............... 15 ......... 28

Yards Lost ........... 115 ........ 211

Had intercepted ...... 11 ......... 14

Yards Opp Ret ........ 144 ........ 254

Opp TDs on Int ....... 2 .......... 3

PUNTS ................ 49 ......... 53

Avg Yards ............ 40.3 ....... 42.4

PUNT RETURNS ......... 29 ......... 27

Avg Return ........... 7.7 ........ 8.8

Returned for TD ...... 0 .......... 0

KICKOFF RETURNS ...... 39 ......... 68

Avg Return ........... 22.8 ....... 20.8

Returned for TD ...... 1 .......... 0

PENALTIES ............ 59 ......... 70

Yards Penalized ...... 462 ........ 649

FUMBLES BY ........... 22 ......... 20

Fumbles Lost ......... 12 ......... 12

Opp Fumbles .......... 21 ......... 17

Opp Fum Lost ......... 12 ......... 7

POSS. TIME (avg) ..... 29:47 ...... 27:34

TOUCHDOWNS ........... 32 ......... 35

Rushing .............. 16 ......... 9

Passing .............. 10 ......... 25

Returns .............. 6 .......... 1

EXTRA POINTS (tot) ... 32 ......... 29

Kicks Made/2Pt ....... 31/1 ....... 24/5

FIELD GOALS/FGA ...... 19/26 ...... 15/20

POINTS SCORED ........ 282 ........ 289

DEFENSE .............. Steelers ... Ravens

POINTS ALLOWED ....... 180 ........ 352

OPP FIRST DOWNS ...... 223 ........ 269

Rushing .............. 62 ......... 90

Passing .............. 136 ........ 158

Penalty .............. 25 ......... 21

OPP YARDS GAINED ..... 3327 ....... 4488

Avg per Game ......... 277.3 ...... 374.0

OPP RUSHING (net) .... 1093 ....... 1513

Avg per Game ......... 91.1 ....... 126.1

Rushes ............... 301 ........ 381

Yards per Rush ....... 3.6 ........ 4.0

OPP PASSING (net) .... 2234 ....... 2975

Avg per Game ......... 186.2 ...... 247.9

Passes Att. .......... 419 ........ 396

Completed ............ 250 ........ 261

Pct Completed ........ 59.7 ....... 65.9

Sacked ............... 40 ......... 28

Yards Lost ........... 279 ........ 141

INTERCEPTED BY ....... 21 ......... 12

Yards Returned ....... 282 ........ 126

Returned for TD ...... 3 .......... 1

OPP PUNT RETURNS ..... 21 ......... 19

Avg return ........... 5.1 ........ 10.9

OPP KICKOFF RET ...... 58 ......... 55

Avg return ........... 21.8 ....... 20.0

OPP TOUCHDOWNS ....... 19 ......... 40

Rushing .............. 6 .......... 15

Passing .............. 10 ......... 20

Returns .............. 3 .......... 5

Pub Date: 12/01/96

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