Browns at Steelers Week 14 Capsule

STREAKS 19 of past 21
COACHES VS. OPP. Shurmur: 0-0 Tomlin: 7-1
LAST WEEK L 24-10 vs. Ravens W 35-7 vs. Bengals
LAST GAME 1/2/11: Steelers 41 at Browns 9. Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace catches three passes for 105 yards, including 56-yard TD catch from QB Ben Roethlisberger in Steelers’ Week 17 victory.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/17/10: Steelers 28, Browns 10. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger throws TDs to 3 different receivers in win. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall adds rushing TD.
BROADCAST NFLN (8:00 PM ET): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Cle.), 93 (Pit.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cle.), 226 (Pit.).


PASSING McCoy: 247-428-2,524-14-9-76.9 Roethlisberger: 260-408-3,246 (3C)-19 (T3C)-10-93.6 (3C)
RUSHING Hillis: 91-321-3.5-2 Mendenhall: 169-634-3.8-8 (T2C)
RECEIVING Little (R): 50-513-10.3-1 Wallace: 58-977 (2C)-16.8-8 (T2C)
OFFENSE 290.7 367.9
DEFENSE 324.6 273.8 (1L)
SACKS Sheard (R): 5.5 Woodley: 9 (T3C)
INTs Adams: 2 Taylor: 2
PUNTING Maynard: 41.4 Kapinos: 46.6
KICKING Dawson: 73 (16/16 PAT; 19/24 FG) Suisham: 84 (30/30 PAT; 18/24 FG)


BROWNS: On road in ’11, QB COLT MC COY has completed 95 of 167 passes for 964 yards with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 80 passer rating…RB PEYTON HILLIS has totaled 1,498 rush yards with 15 TDs (13 rush, 2 rec.) in 22 games with Cle. Had career-long 52-yard reception last week…Rookie WR GREG LITTLE (2nd round, No. 59) is tied for NFL rookie lead with 50 catches (A.J. GREEN)…TE BEN WATSON had 13 catches for 155 receiving yards with TD in past 2 vs. Steelers. In 2 games vs. Pit, TE EVAN MOORE averages 19.7 yards per catch (6 rec., 118 yards)…Defense allows NFL-low 173.3 pass yards per game…Rookies DL JABAAL SHEARD (5.5) & DL PHIL TAYLOR (4) have combined for 9.5 sacks…CB JOE HADEN had INT in only meeting at Pit…KR-WR JOSHUA CRIBBS has 3 career KR-TDs vs. Pit., most against any team…STEELERS: Club has 29-9 record (.763) at Heinz Field under head coach MIKE TOMLIN…Seek 8th consecutive win at home vs. Browns…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 12-1 (.923) vs. Cle. & has 19 TDs vs. 9 INTs & 99.2 rating. Has 22-8 (.733) record in Dec…RB RASHARD MENDENHALL has 3 rush TDs in past 2 vs. Browns. Incl. postseason, Mendenhall has 25 rush TDs in past 30 games…WR MIKE WALLACE (977) needs 23 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season (1,257 in ’10). In past 2 vs. Browns, Wallace has totaled 6 rec. for 195 yards (32.5 avg.) with 2 TD rec. WR HINES WARD (12,021) became 19th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 rec. yards last week…Defense allows NFL-low 273.8 yards per game in ’11…Pit. has 5 INTs in past 2 games vs. Cle…LB JAMES HARRISON has 8 sacks in 8 games in’ 11…CB IKE TAYLOR has INT in each of past 2 games…S TROY POLAMALU has 5 career INTs vs. Browns, most against any team…WR-PR ANTONIO BROWN had 60-yard PR-TD last week, 1st PR-TD of career.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and of course, the National Football League. On NFL Sunday’s you can hear Matt on National networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and other stations around the country. Matt also joined The Washington Post in 2009 as a guest columnist on league hot topics. Born and raised in Cleveland, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.


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