A by-the-numbers look at the Indianapolis Colts-Pittsburgh Steelers game on Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.

-8: Steelers’ point differential, the worst of any team with at least four wins

.810: Colts’ winning percentage in games decided by eight or fewer points since 2012, the best in the NFL

1: Colts’ NFL rank in time of possession (36:56)

2: Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell’s NFL rank in yards from scrimmage (938)

3: Passes thrown by Colts quarterback Andrew Luck that should have been intercepted, according to ESPN Stats & Information, the most by any quarterback this season.

4: Total third-down conversions allowed by the Colts in their past four games

9: Steelers wins against the Colts the 11 times they have played in Pittsburgh

10: Colts players who have at least one sack this season

11: Sacks allowed by the Colts

17: Wins by Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in 18 career October games at Heinz Field

18: Receptions Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton needs to break Marvin Harrison’s team record for most receptions in first three seasons (179)

18: Colts drives that have been at least 10 plays

19.3: Points allowed per game by the Steelers at home since 2012, fourth fewest in the AFC

26.7: First downs per game for the Colts, second-most in the NFL

34: Catches by Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown that have resulted in first downs

36: Catches by Hilton that have resulted in first downs, tops in the NFL

45: Catches tight end Heath Miller needs to move past John Stallworth and into second place on the Steelers’ all-time receptions list

87.9: Shaun Suisham’s field-goal percentage since joining the Steelers in 2010, tops in franchise history

96.0: Roethlisberger’s passer rating, 11th best in the NFL

100.5: Luck’s passer rating, seventh best in the NFL
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers tightened up on defense last Monday night after allowing 81 yards rushing yards in the first quarter to the Houston Texans.

The Texans managed just 51 rushing yards and one touchdown in the final three quarters, and the way the Steelers played after a shaky start left defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau hopeful -- and a little exasperated.

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"To be totally honest with you we're capable of so much more than that," LeBeau said of the defense's play in the 30-23 win over the Texans. "We're not consistent enough. We made a step in the right direction but I know we can get a lot better than that. I know we can."

The Steelers have to be better Sunday.

The Indianapolis Colts, who visit Heinz Field for a 4:25 p.m. ET game, are second in the NFL in scoring (30.9 points per game), and they have enough of a running game even if Trent Richardson doesn't play because of a hamstring injury to complement quarterback Andrew Luck.

Luck leads the NFL with 333 passing yards per game though he won't have starting wide receiver Reggie Wayne at his disposal.

The Steelers have yet to string impressive defensive performances together this season, which is a big reason why they have yet to win back-to-back games. LeBeau rejects the notion that the Steelers are lacking talent on defense or are hindered by the absence of injured players such as outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and cornerback Ike Taylor.

LeBeau said the key to the defense playing better is as simple as players not getting caught out of position, something that has happened too frequently.

"I don't really delve into the whys," LeBeau said when asked if that problem is a product of inexperience or injuries. "I just look at the video and grade what I see and when I see it's not in the proper position it's going to hurt the defense. I don't give a damn what it is. I just want it to go away yesterday. And I think we're making improvement on that but we can get a lot better believe me."

Strong safety Troy Polamalu agreed.

"It's been an up-and-down roller coaster," the eight-time Pro Bowler said. "It's important for us to be consistent however we can do it. We've just got to play better team ball."
INDIANAPOLIS – Hakeem Nicks will have an increased in the Indianapolis Colts’ offense against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday with fellow receiver Reggie Wayne not playing because of an elbow injury.

“I look forward to every opportunity,” Nicks said. “Each week I prepare accordingly, prepare like I’m going to play, just like I’m going to play this week. Just have to go out there and play within the offense and everything will be good.”

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The increased snaps could help Nicks get going because he has gotten off to a slow start since signing with the Colts in the offseason.

Nicks, the Colts’ No. 3 receiver, is tied for sixth on the team in receptions with 17 for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He was targeted only once and didn’t have a reception against the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend.

“I knew the situation coming into it,” Nicks said. “I knew I had to have plenty of patience. We’re winning and that’s the most important thing. As long as we keep getting these [wins] everybody is happy.”

The lack of catches isn’t entirely Nicks’ fault. He’s part of an offense where quarterback Andrew Luck has excelled at spreading the ball around. Luck had back-to-back games earlier this season where he completed passes to nine different players.

"He's made an impact with the offense,” offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said. “I think the ball is being spread around, and his opportunities are going to come. The more they adjust to take away certain receivers, tight ends or whoever it may be, it's just a matter of time before a pro like Hakeem has an opportunity to capitalize on the right matchup."
PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier is likely to return to action on Sunday after missing the last four games because of a sprained knee.

Shazier is listed as probable for the Steelers’ 4:25 p.m. ET game against the visiting Indianapolis Colts on the team’s final injury report of the week.

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The Steelers will probably be without a starter on the offensive side of the ball as right tackle Marcus Gilbert is listed as doubtful after suffering a concussion last Monday night. Mike Adams will start his first game this season if Gilbert is unable to play against the Colts.

The Steelers have ruled out safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring), nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) and cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) for Sunday.

The Colts have ruled out starting wide receiver Reggie Wayne (elbow) for their first game in Pittsburgh since 2008 while running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) is questionable.

Here are my projected healthy scratches for the Steelers with the assumption that Gilbert won’t play against the Colts: wide receiver Justin Brown, quarterback Landry Jones and cornerback B.W. Webb.
The schedule probably couldn’t have served up a worse opponent as the Pittsburgh Steelers try to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown for more than 300 yards in five consecutive games. It’s hard to imagine a scenario in which Luck doesn’t extend that streak to six games.

The Steelers don’t consistently put pressure on opposing quarterbacks and William Gay and Brice McCain, their top two cornerbacks, are ideally suited as nickel backs. The Colts are second in the NFL in scoring (30.9 points per game) but they can also play defense. Indianapolis has allowed opponents to convert just 16 percent of their third downs (8-for-51) during a five-game winning streak, according to ESPN Stats & Information. And the Colts are tied for third in the NFL with 21 sacks. So much for the loss of Pro Bowl outside linebacker Robert Mathis to a suspension and then a season-ending foot injury collapsing the Colts' defense.

The Steelers need a signature win -- their Week 3 win at Carolina doesn't look as good right now -- but they won’t get it against the Colts.

Colts 31, Steelers 24
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has been sidelined since breaking his forearm in a 37-19 win at Carolina on Sept. 21.

But Taylor has stayed close to the team, traveling to road games and attending meetings and serving as a de facto assistant to Steelers' defensive backs coach Carnell Lake as the 12th-year veteran works his way back from injury.

Taylor has watched plenty of film of Andrew Luck and to say he is impressed with the Indianapolis Colts quarterback is an understatement.

"He has an arm like Aaron Rodgers. He's athletic and mobile enough like [Ben Roethlisberger] and he studies like Peyton Manning," Taylor said.

Taylor may be laying it on a little thick but not by much.

Luck leads the NFL with 333 passing yards per game. The third-year veteran has thrown for more than 300 yards in five straight games. If Luck does it again Sunday at Heinz Field he will break a Colts record for consecutive 300-yard passing games held by Manning.

Here is what the Steelers are saying about Luck, and yes there is more from the loquacious Taylor.

CB Brice McCain: "He's good with his feet. You've got to tackle him when he tries to move and don't let him throw the ball when he's got people wrapped on him. Sometimes you get wrapped up on him and he still throws the ball. Sometimes it will be dumb passes but we've got to capitalize off that. If he [makes bad decisions] we've got to pick them balls. We can't let him complete those balls or let the ball hit the ground."

Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau: "I think when Coach [Bruce] Arians was over there he had a quote, ‘This is the best young quarterback I've had.' Well, he had a guy with a name of Peyton Manning. We coaches always tend to live a little bit in the present [such as] ‘Our newest guy is the best one.' But still when you get that kind of praise from a man who's seen those type of players, we know he's good.

He's a combination of the athletic guys who can run and pick up a first down or keep the play alive and he has really good accuracy within his throws."

S Troy Polamalu: "You guys see what we see. He's smart, he's accurate, he's got great escapability. He's got two super-talented wide receivers, he's got two tough backs that run the rock hard and he's got a defense that does a good job of getting off the field fast."

Coach Mike Tomlin: "What he's able to do as plays break down with his legs I think creates an interesting discussion of problems for you from a defensive standpoint. They're problems that quite frankly [Manning and Tom Brady] don't present and probably have never presented. He's his own unique animal."

Taylor: "Just watching him reading his progressions from one to three or even one to four that's rare for a third-year guy but he went to Stanford so there you go with that. He's very competitive, he's bigger than what you think, he's more mobile than what you think. We've been watching tape and seeing guys just fall off of him -- and we've seen guys on him -- and he still make throws. He's a heck of a quarterback."

Colts vs. Steelers preview

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The streaking Indianapolis Colts will try to win their sixth game in a row on Sunday when they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Slowing down quarterback Andrew Luck will be the Steelers' priority, and they have to find a way to minimize his impact or score enough to keep pace with the 5-2 Colts. Beating Indianapolis would give Pittsburgh a 5-3 record at the halfway point of the season as well as a signature win.

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells and Steelers reporter Scott Brown take a closer look at the 4:25 p.m. ET game at Heinz Field.

Brown: Mike, the Steelers’ passing game has been torched by the likes of Mike Glennon and Brian Hoyer this season. The Steelers' pass rush has been average, and they are suspect in the secondary. That is not a good formula for stopping Luck. What is the best way to contain him, if that is possible?

Wells: Blitzing Luck is the best way, but that appears to be a problem for the Steelers. Luck has done an exceptional job of spreading the ball around this season. He is not just focusing on receivers Reggie Wayne or T.Y. Hilton. Luck had back-to-back games where he completed passes to nine different receivers this season. His biggest problem, though, is interceptions: He is tied for third in the league in that category with seven. The Colts have survived Luck’s miscues so far, but they won’t be as fortunate once they get to the playoffs and face teams that can make them pay for their mistakes.

The Steelers are a tough team to figure out. One week they get blown out by Cleveland, and then they come back and use an incredible performance in the second quarter to beat Houston. What is Pittsburgh’s identity?

Brown: Mike, I can’t figure out this team quarter to quarter, much less game to game. The defense certainly isn’t the one that people are accustomed to seeing. There is no intimidation factor, no swagger, and the Steelers are really just trying to get by defensively as they retool a unit that is in transition. The Steelers have the potential to forge a personality as a dynamic offensive team, as they have the NFL’s leading receiver in Antonio Brown, the second-leading rusher in Le'Veon Bell and, of course, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers have moved the ball this season, but they have too often bogged down in the red zone. Maybe scoring three touchdowns in the last three minutes of the second quarter Monday night against the Texans will serve as a springboard for the offense. It had better put up a lot of points against the Colts if the Steelers are to beat one of the NFL’s hottest teams.

I normally don’t associate the Colts with the kind of defense they played in absolutely stifling the Bengals on Sunday. Is Indianapolis' defense underrated?

Wells: It is very underrated. I didn’t think this defense had a chance once linebacker Robert Mathis, last season’s sack leader, was lost for the season with a torn Achilles. The unit appeared to be headed for a rough season after it had only one sack over the first two games. But defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has taken a hold-nothing-back approach with his defense. With two cornerbacks who can blanket receivers, Greg Toler and Vontae Davis, Manusky is loading the box and constantly blitzing. That is why the Colts have 20 sacks and nine turnovers during their five-game winning streak. They have also held their past four opponents to 4-of-41 on third down. People might not have respected the Colts' defense before, but now teams have to take notice.

The Steelers have a history of being a good defensive team. They are 15th in the league in yards allowed a game. Are they on the decline defensively?

Brown: That is a great question. The Steelers have to hope it doesn’t get any worse defensively, or they could be in trouble. They have some promising young players to build around in rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier and rookie defensive end Stephon Tuitt. But the Steelers have serious questions at outside linebacker, especially if 2013 first-round pick Jarvis Jones doesn’t develop into a pass-rushing force. Cornerback is also an issue, a position at which the organization has not drafted well or neglected, depending on your vantage point. Cortez Allen is the Steelers’ best young cornerback, and he recently lost his starting job to Brice McCain. Allen has the physical ability to develop into a No. 1 cornerback, but the 2011 fourth-round pick has to become more consistent. It could get worse before it gets better on defense, given some of the holes that the Steelers have tried to spackle over by moves such as coaxing veteran outside linebacker James Harrison out of retirement.

The Colts seem like they have something going with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw at running back. Richardson seems to be playing much better than he did last season. Is part of the reason that Bradshaw has eased the pressure on Richardson to carry the Colts' ground game?

Wells: Richardson might never live up to the expectations as being the No. 3 overall pick in 2012, but he is running better than he did last season, when he eventually was demoted. He is running with more confidence and making better decisions. Having Bradshaw has been a blessing for Richardson because he doesn’t have the burden of carrying the load in the backfield. Neither player has a problem sharing the work, and it helps that Bradshaw is familiar with sharing the load in the backfield. He went through it while with the New York Giants.

Brown looks like he could surpass the 1,499 receiving yards he had last season. What makes him so successful, and what type of challenges will he present to the Colts’ secondary?

Brown: I thought Brown would have a really tough time matching his production in 2013, when the fifth-year veteran set a Steelers record for receiving yards in a season. He has been even better this season and has scored five touchdowns after reaching the end zone eight times in 2013. Brown is an excellent route-runner, makes tough catches in traffic and is dazzling after the catch. The Colts will have to limit the damage Brown does after the catch, and I would imagine they will do everything they can to take him out of the game. But no team has succeeded in doing that, even though a reliable complement opposite Brown has yet to emerge.

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PITTSBURGH – Dri Archer’s world-class speed has yet to translate into any significant kickoff returns, and Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith said the rookie has to learn to rely on more than just his greatest attribute.

“There are a lot of fast guys working at McDonald’s that can’t play this game,” Smith said. “Right now he thinks it’s about speed and as you know, it isn’t.”

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That has become pretty apparent with Archer averaging just 17.9 yards on nine kickoff returns, the worst of any NFL player with at least nine kickoff returns.

But Smith said he is not frustrated with Archer as much as he is realistic with the rookie. And, Smith added, it is way too early to get down on the third-round pick, considering he has played all of five NFL games.

“You press as a mature, experienced coach,” said Smith, who is in his 20th season coaching in the NFL. “Now you’re talking about a young kid that’s played [five] games -- hell yeah, he presses. You talk to him about not [pressing], but I think it’s pretty natural. We’ve got to fight through it together.”

The Steelers need more out of their kickoff returns and they were confident that the explosive Archer would turn in game-breaking plays on special teams when they drafted the former Kent State star.

Archer is the fastest player on the team – he ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.26 seconds at the NFL scouting combine last February – and Smith said the 5-foot-8, 173-pound Archer just needs to be more patient and let the game come to him.

“As soon as that kid makes a big play, we’ll all be hopping on the bandwagon and we’ll all be celebrating, ‘Hey, this is what we thought he was,’ ” Smith said. “It will come. It really will. I’ve seen it too many times because of his work habits and because of his athleticism and because of his want-to. I think he’s going to be fine, and the sooner, the better.”

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders signed LaMarr Woodley to be a defensive difference-maker. However, it appears the former Pittsburgh Steelers star's season will end prematurely for the winless Raiders.

Oakland interim coach Tony Sparano said Thursday that the biceps injury Woodley suffered against Arizona is "long term" and indicated that Woodley is headed for the injured reserve.

Oakland signed Woodley, 29, to a two-year, $12 million deal over the offseason after he was cut by the Steelers. Woodley has been unproductive as a Raider, with just five tackles in six games.

Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said the Raiders will miss Woodley's physical presence, but he is looking forward to seeing the younger players get an opportunity. 

"It's next man up," Wilson said. "Woodley was a big part of this team, this defense, but we have to step up."

The Raiders will use C.J. Wilson and Benson Mayowa in Woodley's place.

Meanwhile, Sparano said reserve tight end David Ausberry may miss some time with a foot injury, but the team is hopeful the injury isn't long-term.


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PITTSBURGH -- Is Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown the best player at his position in the NFL?

Pro Football Focus' Sam Monson builds a strong case for Brown, who leads the NFL with 719 receiving yards this season after finishing second in the league with 1,499 receiving yards last season.

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Monson calls Brown a "modern day version of Jerry Rice" since he doesn’t have the greatest measurables but makes the game look easy at times because of his innate understanding of it.

The PFF piece is the latest example of Brown starting to get his due as a premier wide receiver. In the past there were questions about whether the fifth-year veteran was a legitimate No. 1 receiver, because he is 5-foot-10 and 186 pounds in a league that covets tall wide receivers.

"From the day I got here he wasn’t a household name other than special teams, and you’ve just seen the guy ascend and put himself up there with the great receivers in the game right now," said Todd Haley, who took over as the Steelers' offensive coordinator in 2012. "He continues to get better, and that’s the exciting thing."

Brown is having an All Pro-caliber season even though no one has emerged as the Steelers' clear cut No. 2 wide receiver, something that would help divert some attention from Brown. Markus Wheaton, who starts opposite Brown, has slumped after a promising start, and former No. 3 wide receiver Justin Brown was a healthy scratch last Monday night.

Wheaton, Brown, Lance Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey and rookie Martavis Bryant are all trying to solidify roles, and for now the Steelers are content to play their receivers -- well, at least the ones not named Antonio Brown -- based on situations.

"You’d love to see somebody jump up and say, 'Hey, we can’t have this guy off the field,' and that’s usually the way it works, so right now we’re kind of in that process and we just need guys to make plays," Haley said. "When your number’s called you need to step up and make the play, and if you don’t there’s some guys champing at the bit to show that they can do it."

The Steelers don’t seem to be in a hurry to set a hierarchy after Brown, the two-time Pro Bowler. It could change on a weekly basis, but quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he doesn’t have a problem with a largely rotating cast at wide receiver.

"We work every day with all of them, so it’s really just knowing who’s out there on a particular play, because each guy may run a route a little bit different," Roethlisberger said. "As long as I know who’s in there as we’re going, I’m fine and I feel confident with whoever’s in there is going to make a play."
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier practiced fully Thursday for the first time since spraining his right knee a month ago and he continues to get closer to returning to game action.

Shazier hasn’t played since hurting his knee in the Steelers’ 37-19 win against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 21.

The Steelers could have a tough decision to make Sunday when they host the Indianapolis Colts. They will likely err on the side of caution with Shazier and the Steelers may want their first-round pick to go through more than a couple of full practices before putting him back on the field.

“If not this week he certainly isn’t far away,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said of Shazier’s status.

Right tackle Marcus Gilbert (concussion) and nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) each missed practice for the second consecutive day. McLendon isn’t expected to play against the Colts and it’s not looking good for Gilbert, especially if he is unable to practice on Friday.

Safety Shamarko Thomas will probably miss a third consecutive game because of a hamstring injury as the second-year man again was limited in drills.

Cornerback Ike Taylor, who is a month removed from breaking his forearm, practiced on a limited basis on Thursday for the second consecutive day.

“You can just tell he’s feeling pretty good and he’ll be back as soon as he can, quicker than most people,” LeBeau said. “He’s a tough guy.”

Taylor said he hasn’t been cleared to start lifting weights yet, and he is slowly rebuilding his strength in his forearm. The 12th-year veteran said he started doing cardiovascular work last week and that practicing again albeit in a limited capacity is another step in the right direction.

Taylor, who has stayed close to the team since getting hurt, said he does not have a timetable as far as when he might be able to return to game action.

“I’m at every meeting, every practice, every game. As far as mental-wise I ain’t missed a beat,” Taylor said. “I’m enjoying every moment. It just sucks to be off the field.”
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Daniel McCullers did not record a tackle during his NFL debut last Monday night but his brute strength was impossible to miss in the third quarter.

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McCullers drove Chris Myers back about five yards on a pass play and the 6-foot-7, 352-pounder so overpowered the Houston Texans center that Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward didn’t have to review film of the Steelers’ 30-23 win for the play to jump out at him.

“I remember seeing that close up,” Heyward said. “And the thing I love about it is he’s wearing down these centers so if I have to go against them, they’re tired. I’m telling you once Dan starts really using that body nobody can block him.”

McCullers’ sheer size makes him an intriguing long-term prospect at nose tackle where the Steelers are still searching for a worthy heir to five-time Pro Bowler Casey Hampton.

And McCullers is playing sooner than expected because of an injury to starting nose tackle Steve McLendon -- and the reality that the Steelers need some mass up front with teams rushing for an average of 114.1 yards per game against them.

McCullers played 10 snaps against the Texans but Cam Thomas, who started in place of McLendon, only logged 18 of them with the Steelers playing nickel much more than their base defense.

Assuming McLendon is out for at least another week it will be interesting to see how the Steelers split snaps on Sunday between Thomas and McCullers -- and how much of base defense they play against the high-powered Indianapolis Colts.

McCullers, the second of two sixth-round picks that the Steelers made in May, said his play against the Texans boosted his confidence. The fact that Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick ran right past McCullers as he was driving Myers backwards in the third quarter is part of his learning process.

Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell, who stays on McCullers constantly, pointed out during the film review of the game how McCullers lost sight of the quarterback. Heyward, meanwhile, said the Steelers are trying to “pull out” a nasty streak in the soft-spoken McCullers.

“If I use my hands and stay low I’m not worried about a nasty streak,” McCullers said. “That’s not me.”

The player known as "Big Dan" at Steelers headquarters understands what his teammates and coaches are trying to do as far as motivating him.

“They see it in me that I can be a great player,” McCullers said.

Getting McCullers to that point will only help players like Heyward, who would benefit greatly from playing next to a nose tackle who demands constant double-teams.

“He’s built like the Marcus Strouds, the John Hendersons that (rarely) come around,” Heyward said. “Dan can be a really good player in this league. We’re just waiting for him to decide.”
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PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lavished praise on the player who will be his counterpart Sunday at Heinz Field.

And Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck couldn’t say enough good things about Roethlisberger.

“His ability to extend plays is incredible [and] maybe the best in the league what he does in finding an open guy if something breaks down,” Luck said. “I know as a quarterback if you can [do] that every now and then, it can be demoralizing for a defense, and he certainly does a great job at it.”

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Luck, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft, has been demoralizing teams with his right arm. The third-year quarterback has passed for more than 300 yards in five consecutive games, tying a Colts record held by Peyton Manning.

Luck leads the NFL with 333 passing yards per game.

“He’s emerging as one of the best in the league, and I think a lot of us saw that coming,” Roethlisberger said. “I always enjoy watching other quarterbacks because anything you can take, whether they’re older or younger, and use it in your game, I think you’ve got to do it. Hopefully he has a bad day because our defense is playing well.”

Roethlisberger is hoping to play enough well enough to deliver a victory, one that would leave the Steelers with a 5-3 record at the halfway point of the season, and reach a career milestone.

Roethlisberger will try to win his 100th career game on Sunday, and the 11th-year quarterback would join some pretty exclusive company.

If Roethlisberger beats the Colts, he will become just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to win 100 games in 150 or fewer starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Sunday will be Roethlisberger's 150th start.

The only other players to accomplish that feat are Tom Brady, Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

“Amazing, great football player,” Luck said of Roethlisberger. “I know when I was a rookie, I watched a lot Steelers tape to try and learn [former Steelers and Colts offensive coordinator] Bruce Arians’ offense and ended up watching a lot of Ben and the things he does, did [and] still does. So a ton of respect for how he plays football."

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