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Steelers Will Look To Feast On Thanksgiving Against Colts – Week 12 Preview

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Pittsburgh Steelers make rare Thanksgiving appearance against the Indianapolis Colts for a primetime feast.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to get back on top of the AFC North with a win against the Indianapolis Colts on Thanksgiving. This week’s game will mark the Steelers’ eighth Thanksgiving Day game in franchise history, and eighth on the road. Both teams currently sit at 5-5 and are looking for a victory to get themselves back above .500 and into the playoff picture.

The last time the Steelers won on Thanksgiving was in 1950 against the Chicago Cardinals. On that day, 25-year old running back Joe Geri ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns and probably ate an entire turkey after the game. Now, the Steelers have 24-year old running back Le’Veon Bell, who is coming off of a 146 yard rushing performance against the Cleveland Browns. Le’Veon Bell knows how significant playing on Thanksgiving is, and he is excited about the opportunity to play on national television.

“It’s an honor. This is my second Thanksgiving game. I am looking forward to it. I used to always watch football on Thanksgiving. I am glad to be a part of it.”

This matchup with the Colts will happen for a third year in a row, and the Steelers offense has had absolutely no problems with the Colts defense. In the previous two games (which have both resulted in Steelers victories), Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 886 yards and 10 touchdowns; Antonio Brown has hauled in 18 receptions for 329 yards, 4 touchdowns, and one punt return touchdown; Le’Veon Bell ran for 148 yards and one touchdown. The Steelers have gotten the most of the Colts in their previous two matchups, but if Thanksgiving history continues to repeat itself, the Steelers will fall to 1-7 on Turkey Day.

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In the Colts week 11 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, quarterback Andrew Luck sustained a concussion which has taken him out of this week’s game. A tough blow for the Colts has left them with either Scott Tolzien or Stephen Morris to start at quarterback for them on Thursday. But the Colts will have the advantage of knowing what their quarterbacks will have to offer, while the Steelers only game film on these guys will come from their college days or some preseason games.

The Steelers defense is coming off of their best game of the season, which included an NFL-game high in sacks for any team this season with eight against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers also forced two turnovers to increase their turnover ratio to +2 on the season. Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler knows how important it was for his team to play well on Sunday, and he wants to carry that momentum into week 12.

“We got after them a little bit, but at the same time, we executed better. My thing with them has always been to just do your job and stop trying to do somebody else’s job, because that’s what usually happens when you have a breakdown in the defense. You try to overcompensate for what you think is a weakness in the defense instead of just doing your job. I think our guys are trying to do that, or at least trying to execute the defense the way we are asking them to do it.”

The Steelers offense will look to expose the Indianapolis Colts‘ 32nd ranked pass defense on Thursday night, and lead their team to a victory. With a win on primetime television, the Steelers can not only put themselves back on top of the AFC North, but they can also make a statement and show why they are one of the most dangerous teams in the league.

All statistics referenced from Pittsburgh Steelers media guide.