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MIAMI (6 - 6) at PITTSBURGH (5 - 7)
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Week 14 Sunday, 12/8/2013 1:00 PM
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MIAMI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-6-1.27-55-521.011.3321.9(5.4)1.620.79.8343.4(5.3)1.7
Road Games3-3-0.13-33-320.510.5328.5(5.1)1.820.010.5316.2(5.2)1.7
Last 3 Games2-1+1.33-00-319.710.7376.0(5.9)
Grass Games4-4-1.35-33-321.410.7297.5(5.3)
MIAMI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.011.318.029:1322-89(4)23-3862.1%233(6.2)60-322(5.4)(15.3)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.111.619.230:0227-110(4.1)22-3561.1%232(6.6)62-342(5.5)(15.4)
Offense Road Games20.510.520.331:1425-86(3.5)24-3962.4%242(6.2)64-328(5.1)(16)
Defense (All Games)20.79.820.231:2929-122(4.2)21-3658.7%222(6.1)65-343(5.3)(16.6)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.111.419.931:4027-107(4)22-3661.1%237(6.5)63-344(5.4)(15.5)
Defense Road Games20.010.518.828:4526-106(4)20-3457.3%210(6.1)61-316(5.2)(15.8)
MIAMI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.51.5214-538.6%1-041.2%2-51(23.2)21-2(9.9)6-56
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-535.9%1-054.5%2-57(23.7)3-32(12.1)6-51
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-538.7%1-046.0%2-50(23.5)21-2(9.8)6-54
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-327.6%1-037.5%3-68(23.9)2-30(14)6-41

PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-7-3.76-65-721.98.9338.7(5.5)1.523.213.4340.5(5.5)1.2
Home Games3-2+03-22-322.210.4327.6(5.5)1.821.813.4290.4(4.7)0.8
Last 3 Games2-1+1.53-02-128.011.0343.0(5.1)
Grass Games4-4-1.74-43-522.99.7331.2(5.3)1.621.913.9311.4(5.1)1.4
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.98.919.931:1323-77(3.3)25-3864.5%262(6.8)62-339(5.5)(15.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.71219.531:4828-109(4)22-3660.2%237(6.6)64-346(5.4)(14.6)
Offense Home Games22.210.419.030:3525-86(3.4)22-3464.5%242(7)59-328(5.5)(14.8)
Defense (All Games)23.213.418.728:4728-115(4.1)20-3458.3%225(6.6)62-340(5.5)(14.7)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.511.419.330:1628-113(4)21-3659.4%233(6.4)64-346(5.4)(15.4)
Defense Home Games21.813.417.629:2529-101(3.5)19-3456.8%190(5.6)62-290(4.7)(13.3)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-639.9%1-050.0%3-70(20.9)2-21(8.5)6-49
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-537.6%1-048.9%3-63(23.8)24-2(10.6)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-536.5%2-162.5%3-53(17.7)3-20(7.3)6-45
Average power rating of opponents played: MIAMI 20.1,  PITTSBURGH 19.3
MIAMI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/27/2013@ NEW ENGLAND17-27L6L46U31-15622-42-145337-15213-22-1001
11/11/2013@ TAMPA BAY19-22L-2.5L39O14-227-42-211137-14011-21-1241
11/17/2013SAN DIEGO20-16W3W44.5U19-10422-35-239126-15422-34-2811
12/1/2013@ NY JETS23-3W-1.5W39.5U36-12528-43-328122-9913-28-783
12/8/2013@ PITTSBURGH            
12/15/2013NEW ENGLAND            
12/22/2013@ BUFFALO            
12/29/2013NY JETS            

PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2013@ NY JETS19-6W-1.5W40.5U26-7324-31-255020-8319-34-1842
10/27/2013@ OAKLAND18-21L-2.5L40U19-3529-45-241238-19710-19-823
11/3/2013@ NEW ENGLAND31-55L5.5L42.5O20-10828-48-371335-19723-33-4131
11/24/2013@ CLEVELAND27-11W2.5W40U34-8522-34-217016-5527-52-3124
11/28/2013@ BALTIMORE20-22L3W40O18-7228-44-257025-7424-35-2370
12/22/2013@ GREEN BAY            
MIAMI: More than last season, this year's Miami offense figures to more closely resemble the one head coach Joe Philbin was a part of in Green Bay. Expect a lot more running out of spread looks, as the Dolphins have the personnel to line up three- and four-wide and let speedy slasher Lamar Miller stick his foot in the ground and get upfield. Miller is set to get a true No. 1 workload behind a zone-blocking line. Daniel Thomas is the No. 2 but spends a lot of time in the doghouse. The Dolphins are largely a West Coast offense, but they'll be able to stretch the field more this season. Both Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline are capable of big plays downfield, and Wallace will be used often as a catch-and-run threat as well. TE Dustin Keller will play a lot of reps and should be their primary target in the middle of the field. Brandon Gibson figures to return to strictly slot duties, as his skill set is similar to that of the departed Davone Bess. The Dolphins use their backs as receivers often, and both Miller and Thomas are capable receivers. The Dolphins figure to remain relatively run-heavy in the red zone, especially after losing top red zone target Anthony Fasano. The Dolphins finished seventh in scoring defense despite not forcing a turnover in seven of their final nine games. They moved up to draft DE Dion Jordan to line up opposite star DE Cameron Wake (15 sacks), and are banking on both CBs Brent Grimes (Achilles) and Richard Marshall (back) to be injury-free. Miami released ILBs Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, and spent big on MLB Dannell Ellerbe (92 tackles, 69 solos with Ravens), giving him to a 5-year, $35M deal, and then grabbed SLB Philip Wheeler (109 tackles, 78 solos with Raiders) and inked him to $26M over five years.
PITTSBURGH: The Steelers remained pass-heavy under offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year, running out of a lot of spread looks. They essentially use the pass to set up the run, with the backs running almost exclusively between the tackles. They'll rotate backs again this year, with rookie Le'Veon Bell likely to emerge as a lead back. Jonathan Dwyer is less versatile than Bell and could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling figure to split passing-down duties in the early going, though Stephens-Howling could end up taking the role full-time at some point. Haley brought more spread looks to Pittsburgh's offense. They go no-huddle frequently, with Ben Roethlisberger trusted to run the offense. Antonio Brown is now their undisputed No. 1 receiver, with the ability to be used deep or as a catch-and-run guy. Emmanuel Sanders is more of a possession receiver and will likely share No. 2 targets with TE Heath Miller. Jerricho Cotchery should see solid playing time as their slot guy, and while rookie Markus Wheaton will be eased in, he should end up seeing significant snaps as their best deep threat. Only the Saints skewed more pass-heavy in goal-to-go situations than Pittsburgh (64.6% of snaps). Despite a host of injuries in 2012, the Steelers still led the NFL in yardage defense (276 YPG) and passing defense (185 YPG), while finishing sixth in scoring defense (19.6 PPG). Rookie OLB Jarvis Jones makes the team younger and faster, as does CB Cortez Allen, 24, replacing the departed Keenan Lewis. Pittsburgh still has plenty of productive veterans though, like 32-year-old S Troy Polamalu and DE Brett Keisel, 34. Per usual, the team's linebackers are relentless, with OLB LaMarr Woodley and ILB Lawrence Timmons.
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*Dolphins-Steelers Preview* ===========================


The Pittsburgh Steelers feel Mike Wallace and the Miami Dolphins are in the way.

Coach Mike Tomlin will certainly try to avoid doing that again.

Tomlin hopes the Steelers can put his bizarre antics behind them as they welcome Wallace back to Pittsburgh on Sunday in a meeting against the Dolphins with major playoff implications.

Pittsburgh (5-7) and Miami (6-6) are trying to improve their respective playoff chances, but a defeat Sunday could be the final blow to the Steelers' hopes after falling 22-20 at Baltimore on Thanksgiving.

The importance of the matchup certainly overshadows the return of Wallace, who left the Steelers for the Dolphins via free agency after spending his first four seasons in Pittsburgh.

The coach was fined $100,000 earlier this week for stepping on the field and in the way of the Ravens' Jacoby Jones on a 73-yard kickoff return last week. Tomlin wasn't flagged for a penalty despite Jones having to swerve to avoid him, possibly causing him to be tackled from behind.

"I apologize for causing negative attention to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization," Tomlin said in a statement. "I accept the penalty that I received. I will no longer address this issue as I am preparing for an important game this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins."

The Steelers have won five straight meetings with the Dolphins dating to a loss at Miami on Sept. 20, 1998. They haven't lost to them at home since Sept. 30, 1990, winning three in a row.

The Dolphins are hoping Wallace can help them end those streaks by continuing his recent success, while eventually helping them to their first playoff berth since 2008. The wide receiver, who Pittsburgh deemed too expensive during the offseason, has 12 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games after grabbing just one through the first 10.

"I'm feeling more comfortable every week in the offense," Wallace said. "It's time to hit my stride. No more warming up. It's time to go. It's December. You've got to make plays now. You don't have time to wait."

A return to Heinz Field may provide added motivation.

"It's going to be exciting," Wallace said. "I don't want to get caught up in too much hype about a personal battle with these guys, because it's not really about that. It's about moving forward. These guys stand in the way of our playoff hopes. They're another team in the way that has to go down."

Wallace helped the Dolphins take care of another one of those teams last weekend with a 28-yard catch-and-run touchdown in a 23-3 road victory over the New York Jets. He finished with seven receptions for 82 yards.

Miami is tied with Baltimore for the sixth and final playoff position in the AFC, winning two of three in the wake of a bullying scandal that threatened to derail its season.

Now, the schedule may play into the Dolphins' favor since three of their remaining four games are against teams currently owning a losing record.

"We are in the playoff hunt, and we have to win every game," said linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, a member of Baltimore's Super Bowl championship team from last season. "But it's very important to not look too far down the road."

Another big performance from the offense could get the Dolphins rolling. They gained a season-high 453 total yards - 328 passing - last week, as Ryan Tannehill turned in his best performance of 2013.

The quarterback, who has an 83.2 rating, had 331 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while completing 28 of 43 passes against the Jets.

Brian Hartline had his own season high with 127 yards and caught Tannehill's other TD pass.

They could be in for another strong effort since the Steelers are allowing an average of 287.6 passing yards with nine TDs over the past five games.

Pittsburgh may have running back Le'Veon Bell in the backfield after he suffered a concussion against the Ravens. He's returned to full practice this week, and leads the Steelers with 528 yards while accounting for all five of their rushing touchdowns.

He had 73 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in Week 13 before being knocked unconscious on a blow to the head while trying to dive for his second score of the fourth quarter.

Ben Roethlisberger has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 841 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions and a 105.8 passer rating over the last three games.

Roethlisberger has only been sacked once in that stretch, but is facing a Miami defense that has 10 in the past three games.

Olivier Vernon has accounted for six of them, giving him a career-high 10.5.

"We've talked about how the performance level on the field has to be better in December, and part of that now is consistency," coach Joe Philbin said.

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