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Falcons-Steelers Preview Capsule

October 4, 2018

ATLANTA (1-3) at PITTSBURGH (1-2-1)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE — Steelers by 4 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 1-3, Pittsburgh 1-3

SERIES RECORD — Steelers 13-2-1

LAST MEETING — Steelers beat Falcons 27-20, Dec. 14, 2014

LAST WEEK — Falcons lost to Bengals 37-36; Steelers lost to Ravens 26-14

AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 20, Steelers No. 19

FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (21), PASS (6).

FALCONS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (25), PASS (25).

STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (28), PASS (3).

STEELERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (30), RUSH (21), PASS (29).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Steelers have never lost to Falcons in Pittsburgh (6-0-1). ... Expect plenty of points. Falcons are 30th in points allowed (30.5 per game). Steelers are 26th (29). ... Atlanta off to worst start in coach Dan Quinn’s four seasons. Falcons’ three losses by combined 13 points. ... Atlanta RB Devonta Freeman expected to play. Freeman missed last three games with sore right knee. ... Falcons will be without DT Grady Jarrett (ankle), S Keanu Neal, S Ricardo Allen and LB Deion Jones. ... DT Michael Bennett, signed Tuesday, could see time as reserve. ... Atlanta QB Matt Ryan is 23-18 against AFC teams in career, just 3-6 vs. AFC North. ... Falcons WR Julio Jones leads NFL in yards receiving (502) and will face NFL’s 29th-ranked pass defense. ... Atlanta DE Takkarist McKinley coming off career-high three sacks vs. Cincinnati. ... Falcons WR Calvin Ridley leads NFL rookies with 264 yards receiving, six TD receptions. ... Ridley had two TD catches last week against Cincinnati, making him only third player in team history with back-to-back games with multiple scoring catches. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is 30-15 against NFC. ... Pittsburgh has dropped three straight at Heinz Field, longest home losing streak since 2012. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has TD pass in 46 straight home games, third-longest streak in NFL history. ... Roethlisberger’s 1,414 yards passing top NFL. ... Steelers WR Antonio Brown one TD reception shy of tying Hall of Famer John Stallworth for second in team history (63). ... Brown stands eighth in league receptions (29) but yards per catch (9.4) is well off career average (13.4). ... Steelers CB Mike Hilton (elbow) expected to play after sitting last week. ... Pittsburgh S Morgan Burnett (groin) could be available after missing two games. ... Pittsburgh’s 19 yards rushing vs. Ravens fifth-lowest single-game mark in franchise history. ... Fantasy tip: Ryan should have little trouble against Pittsburgh’s revamped secondary. Steelers have allowed AFC-high 12 passing TDs.

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