Can Steelers post back-to-back shutouts?

September, 22, 2011
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Fresh off of their 24-0 rout of the Seattle Seahawks, the Steelers are looking for back-to-back shutouts for the first time in 11 years.

It's a realistic goal considering Pittsburgh is playing the Peyton Manning-less Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. With Kerry Collins as quarterback, the Colts have managed to score 26 points in their first two games. That's the fourth-fewest points scored this season after two weeks.

In the season opener at Houston, Indianapolis avoided the shutout by converting a fumble into a 6-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 9:17 remaining in the game. Last Sunday, the Colts kicked four field goals before reaching the end zone with 24 seconds left in the game.

The last time the Steelers posted back-to-back shutouts was October 2000, when they blanked the Cincinnati Bengals (15-0) and Cleveland Browns (22-0) in consecutive weeks at Three Rivers Stadium. The starting quarterbacks the Steelers faced were: Akili Smith for the Bengals and Doug Pederson for the Browns.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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