The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on a team with almost as many problems as they have this Sunday, set to face the 1-3 Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field in Week 5. Both teams have struggled to stop teams from putting points on the board in 2018, while their offenses have been somewhat similar statistically, even if Atlanta has been scoring with more frequency.
Historically, Pittsburgh has owned the Falcons in these matchups, boasting a 13-2-1 dating back to 1966. But with these two teams only meeting once every for years, this record has little bearing on the upcoming game beyond bragging rights for the fans. In something of a strange quirk of these contest as of late, three of the last four games have gone to overtime, with the Falcons responsible for the last tie Pittsburgh was involved in back in 2002 prior to their Week 1 result.
Just the thought of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley lining up against the Steelers’ secondary is the stuff of nightmares, and it is hard to be confident that Pittsburgh will record their first home win of the year. As bad as they have looked at times this season, the Falcons have been far more competitive in their games and it could be another long afternoon for the Steelers on Sunday.
Game: Atlanta Falcons (1-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2-1)
Date: Sunday, October 7
Kickoff: 13.00 p.m. ET
Venue: Heinz Field
Weather: Live weather update
TV Channel: FOX, broadcast locally on WPGH-TV, with Chris Myers and Daryl Johnston as commentators and Laura Okmin the sideline reporter. Check the national broadcast map to see if the game is on in your area.
Online: NFL.com Game Pass on delay in the U.S and live for international viewers or live in the U.S via a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.
Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.
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The Steelers primary concerns for Week 5 center around Vince Williams and Darrius Heyward-Bey, both of who missed practice the first days of training this week. Morgan Burnett is also looking increasingly doubtful after he was downgraded from limited on Wednesday to out on Thursday. If none of these names can be full participants on Friday, they will not play against the Falcons.