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A Quick Look: Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Intro: The Colts (5-2) will reach the midway point of their schedule on Sunday afternoon with a trip to Pittsburgh (4-3). The Colts and Steelers have split their last four meetings.





INDIANAPOLIS – Monday night's contest for the Pittsburgh Steelers shows you just how quickly things can change within an NFL game.

The Steelers were down 13-0, at home, late in the first half to the Houston Texans and the boo birds were raining down on Heinz Field.

Everything changed though with a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger and a pair of forced turnovers inside the Texans own 20-yard line.

Pittsburgh rolled off 24 points in less than three minutes in moving to 4-3 on the season.

After seven weeks, it's been a win-loss-win-loss-win-loss-win start to the 2014 season as the Steelers try to get back into the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 campaign.

At 4-3, the Steelers are in the mix of a jumbled AFC North with all four teams having at least three wins and Baltimore leading the division at 5-2.

In Sunday's 4:25 p.m. EST contest, the Colts will see a Steelers team that looks a bit different from recent meetings between the two.

Head coach Mike Tomlin has two of the game's elite skill players in running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown.

The Steelers find themselves ranked in the top 10 of the league in both rushing (128.6 yards per game) and receiving (258.1 yards per game) thanks to the two mentioned above.

Bell is third in the NFL in rushing and ranks second in the league with 134 yards from scrimmage per game.

Brown also dabbles in punt returns and is the NFL's leading receiver in both receptions (50) and receiving yards (719).

Pittsburgh's defense ranks among the middle of the pack in many categories with veteran safety Troy Polamalu still roaming back in the secondary.

This will be the Colts third game against the AFC North this year after winning home contests against Baltimore and Cincinnati.

Following Sunday, the Colts will head to New York for Monday Night Football against the Giants (3-4) before a Week 10 bye.

*2014 Record: *4-3, 3rd in the AFC North.

*Head Coach: *Mike Tomlin, 8th season as Steelers head coach (75-44 overall in the regular season and 5-3 in the playoffs).

*2014 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 8th (386.7); Rushing, 9th (128.6); Passing, 8th (258.1). Defense – Overall, 15th (345.0); Rushing, 17th (114.1); Passing, 13th (230.9).

2014 Leading Passer: Ben Roethlisberger (166-of-252 comp., 1,858 yards, 65.9 pct., 10 TDs, 3 INTs).

*2014 Leading Rusher: *Le'Veon Bell (117 carries, 599 yards, 1 TDs).

*2014 Leading Receiver: *Antonio Brown (50 receptions, 719 yards, 5 TDs).

2014 Leading Sacker:  Cameron Heyward (3.0).

2014 Turnover Breakdown:  Plus 1 (tied for 12th).

2014 NFL Draft Results:  Trying to continue to re-build the front seven of their defense, the Steelers selected a pair of high-level college defenders in the first two rounds of the draft. Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier was the first round pick for the Steelers. In the second round, Pittsburgh chose Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt. One of the more intriguing picks of the draft came in the third round when the Steelers selected Dri Archer, a running back who recorded the Combine's fastest 40-yard dash.

*2013 Review: *It was a start to 2013 that fans certainly aren't used to in Pittsburgh. The Steelers dropped their first four games, and six of their first eight. They clawed back to finish at 8-8 and nearly captured the final Wild Card spot. The 0-4 start was the worst for the team since 1934 and the Steelers missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Young playmakers did emerge for those Steelers with running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown making up the tandem.

Last time in Playoffs:  2011 season. Lost in the Wild Card Round of the Playoffs, 29-23, to the Denver Broncos.

*Last time in Super Bowl: *2010 season. Lost Super Bowl XLV, 31-25, to the Green Bay Packers.

*Super Bowl Championships: *Six.

2014 Pro Bowl Selections: WR-Antonio Brown and S-Troy Polamalu.

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