Steelers looking to rough up Welker

It's no secret that the New England Patriots' passing game revolves around Wes Welker. He is the league leader in receptions (51) and targets (75), and he's the only player with at least 55 targets who hasn’t dropped a pass yet this season.

But what's the secret to stopping him? Steelers safety Ryan Clark has an idea.

"As far as my part, anytime you get guys who are going to catch-and-run and who run a lot of inside routes, you have to pound on them," Clark told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "You have to be physical with them and hit them and have to jam them. That's what you have to do."

The Steelers have held Welker relatively in check. In the past three meetings, Welker has averaged seven catches for 70 yards. He has scored one touchdown.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin indicated that Ike Taylor, the team's best cornerback, will not shadow Welker. Taylor usually covers a receiver lined up to the outside, and Welker generally works out of the slot.