With the 1972 Dolphins having their record 17-0 season threatened by the New England Patriots, the current edition of the Dolphins would like to avoid infamy by being the first winless team since the 1976 Buccaneers (0-14). The Steelers costly loss to the Jets put them a game behind the Colts for the No. 2 spot in the AFC. The Steelers also need to keep an eye out for the resilient Browns (6-4), who are just one game behind in the NFC North. But the Steelers must do it without two injured starters, safety Troy Polamalu and receiver Santonio Holmes.
Dolphins run defense vs. Steelers RB Willie Parker. The Dolphins rank last in the NFL, allowing more than 150 rushing yards per game. But the statistics can be deceiving because most teams resort to running the ball against the Dolphins after gaining a big lead. The Steelers, led by Parker, are the top rushing team in the AFC (147.5 ypg) but struggled last week against the No. 29 rushing defense of the Jets. New York held Parker to 52 rushing yards.