Colts trying to end Steelers hex by maintaining momentum
PITTSBRUGH (5-5) at INDIANAPOLIS (5-5)
Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
OPENING LINE – Steelers by 2 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Pittsburgh 5-5, Indianapolis 5-4-1
SERIES RECORD – Steelers lead 21-6
LAST MEETING – Steelers beat Colts 45-10, Dec. 6, 2015
LAST WEEK – Steelers beat Browns 24-9; Colts beat Titans 24-17
AP PRO32 RANKING – Steelers No. 16, Colts No. 17
STEELERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (12), RUSH (23), PASS (7).
STEELERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (22), RUSH (9), PASS (26).
COLTS OFFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (24), PASS (12).
COLTS DEFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (24), PASS (32).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Steelers have won three straight in series and 13 of 15 since Colts moved to Indianapolis in 1984. … Pittsburgh has lost four straight Thanksgiving Day appearances since 1983. … Steelers have outscored Indy 96-44 in last two games. … QB Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for three TDs vs. Colts in last two games and needs three more to tie John Elway (295) for No. 9 on NFL's career list. … Roethlisberger's next 300-yard game will be No. 50 in career. … WR Antonio Brown needs 93 yards to join Hines Ward as only players in franchise history with four straight 1,000-yard seasons, and one 100-yard game to break Ward's career franchise record (29 games). …. Brown also is tied with Antwaan Randle El on Steelers' list for most careers punt returns for touchdowns (five). … RB Le'Veon Bell needs two TD runs to tie Rocky Bleier (23) for No. 10 in franchise history. … CB William Gay is tied with Hall of Famer Rod Woodson for most interception returns for score (six) in Steelers history. … Pittsburgh defense had eight sacks against Cleveland last week in warmup to facing Colts team that has allowed league-high 35 sacks. … Former Colts coach Tony Dungy and former Indy receiver Marvin Harrison will receive Hall of Fame rings during halftime ceremony. … Indy is 2-0 on Thanksgiving Day, winning at Detroit in 2004 and at Atlanta in 2007. … Colts have won 10 straight Thursday night games since 2007. … Indy is 35-21 in prime-time games since 2004, but 3-9 in last 12 night games, with four straight prime-time losses. … Colts are chasing third straight win after stringing together first back-to-back wins since final two games in 2015. But QB Andrew Luck (concussion) could miss first game of season. … If Luck sits out, QB Scott Tolzien would likely make first start – and throw first regular-season pass – since replacing injured Aaron Rodgers for Green Bay in 2013. … Tolzien would become Colts' fifth starting quarterback (Matt Hasselbeck, Luck, Kerry Collins, Peyton Manning) to face Steelers in last five games of series. … RB Frank Gore needs 58 yards rushing to pass Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett (12,739 yards) for No. 8 on league's career list. … WR T.Y. Hilton, former youth league teammate of Brown, needs 112 yards receiving for fourth straight 1,000-yard season. Harrison and Reggie Wayne are only other Colts to achieve feat. … K Adam Vinatieri needs 13 points to extend NFL record of 100-point seasons to 19. … Fantasy Tip: Go with Brown. Steelers receiver has torched Colts' defense each of past two seasons: 18 catches, 251 yards, four TDs combined. Against NFL's worst-rated pass defense, there's no reason to suspect Colts will have answer this time, either.
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