In order to prepare for Sunday's wild-card game against Miami, the Steelers practiced this week with fans on and the doors open at the team's indoor practice facility. The goal was to simulate the anticipated blustery game conditions at Heinz Field, where the temperatures are expected to be in the teens.
“Extreme measures have to be taken,” guard
"Open up the doors and turn on the fans. What better scenario?"
The Steelers have played six games in their 84-year history when the temperature dipped below 20 degrees.
Brown and quarterback
All due respect
Impressive as Pittsburgh’s Brown, Roethlisberger and running back Le’Veon Bell are, Miami running back
"We hear a lot of talk about the other team and who they have and the players that they have and it's kind of starting to get to me where you have to understand we've got players, too," Ajayi told reporters this week, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
"We've had guys playing at a high level and are showcasing their abilities and I think it's time people need to respect the fact that we have players on our offense, too, and we can get some stuff done when we're on our game."
By the numbers
How teams compare statistically. All stats are per-game averages, except for sacks and turnover differential, which are for the season (league rank in parentheses):
Category | MIA | PIT
Points scored | 22.7 (17) | 24.9 (T10)
Points allowed | 23.8 (18) | 20.4 (10)
Pass offense | 218.8 (26) | 262.6 (T5)
Rush offense | 114.0 (9) | 110.0 (14)
Pass defense | 242.2 (15) | 242.6 (16)
Rush defense | 140.4 (30) | 100.0 (13)
Sacks | 33 (T19) | 38 (T9)
Penalty yards | 71.3 (30) | 66.8 (27)
Turnovers | +2 (13) | +5 (9)
The Dolphins should be able to run the ball, and their front four can get to Roethlisberger. But it's best to go with the home team and the better quarterback, and that's definitely the Steelers on both counts.
STEELERS 31, DOLPHINS 27