STEELERS vs BROWNS PREVIEW
PITTSBURGH (4-6) at CLEVELAND (4-6)
OPENING LINE: Browns by 2½
RECORD VS. SPREAD: Pittsburgh 4-6, Cleveland 5-5
SERIES RECORD: Steelers lead 63-57
LAST MEETING: Steelers beat Browns 24-10, Dec. 30, 2012
LAST WEEK: Steelers beat Lions 37-27; Browns lost to Bengals 41-20
AP PRO32 RANKING: Steelers No. 20, Browns No. 22
STEELERS OFFENSE: Overall (15), rush (30), pass (7)
STEELERS DEFENSE: Overall (14), rush (26), pass (8)
BROWNS OFFENSE: Overall (25), rush (26), pass (18)
BROWNS DEFENSE: Overall (5), rush (8), pass (4)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger passed for 367 yards and four TDs last week. ... An Ohio native, he’s 15-1 in career against Browns and won last five starts against Cleveland. ... Roethlisberger needs five TD passes to pass Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw (212) for most in franchise history. ... Roethlisberger has 37-11 career mark in starts against AFC North teams. ... Once storied rivalry, Steelers have owned Browns, going 24-5 against them since 1999. ... Steelers have won 10 of last 12 in Cleveland. ... Steelers rookie RB Le’Veon Bell has three TDs rushing in four road games. ... Steelers have given up league-leading nine plays over 50 yards. ... Steelers S Troy Polamalu has eight career interceptions against Cleveland, his most against any opponent. ...
Browns need one win to match total for 2012 season. ... Browns QB Jason Campbell had three interceptions last week against Cincinnati. Cleveland built 13-0 lead vs. Bengals before giving up 31 unanswered points in second quarter. ... Browns CB Joe Haden had two interceptions last week, returned one for TD and shut down Bengals WR A.J. Green. ... Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton spent seven seasons on Pittsburgh’s defensive staff and calls Steelers DC Dick LeBeau his “mentor.” ... Browns WR Josh Gordon’s 1,556 yards receiving through first 24 games are most in team history.