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Steelers at Browns Week 17 Capsule

STREAKS 20 of past 22  
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin: 8-1 Shurmur: 0-1
LAST WEEK W 27-0 vs. Rams L 20-14 at Ravens
LAST GAME 12/8/11: Browns 3 at Steelers 14. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger passes for 280 yards & 2 TDs, including 79-yarder to WR Antonio Brown in 4th quarter, as Steelers improve to 10-3.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/11: Steelers 41, Browns 9. Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall rushes for 2 TDs & WR Mike Wallace catches 56-yard TD pass as Steelers score 27 unanswered points.
BROADCAST CBS (4:15 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 135 (Pit.), 92 (Cle.). XM: 225 (Cle.).


PASSING Roethlisberger: 301-473-3,856 (3C)-21-14-91.5 (3C) OR

C. Batch: 15-24-208-0-1-72.9

McCoy: 265-463-2,733-14-11-74.6 OR

Wallace: 39-66-390-2-1-79.7

RUSHING Mendenhall: 220-890-4.0-9 (T2C) Hillis: 151-557-3.7-3
RECEIVING Wallace: 71-1,182 (3C)-16.6-8 (T3C) Little (R): 61-709-11.6-2
OFFENSE 373.1 (3C) 292.1
DEFENSE 273.9 (1L) 330.5
SACKS Harrison, Woodley: 9 Sheard (R): 7.5
INTs Gay, Taylor: 2 Adams: 3
PUNTING Kapinos: 45.0 Maynard: 40.7
KICKING Suisham: 98 (35/35 PAT; 21/28 FG) Dawson: 83 (20/20 PAT; 21/26 FG)


STEELERS: Club is 10-2 (.833) at Cleveland since 1999…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER (3,856) needs 144 passing yards to reach 4,000 for 2nd time in career (4,328 in ’09). Aims for 80th career regular season win (79-34, .699). Has 13-1 record vs. Cle. QB CHARLIE BATCH is 5-2 as starter with Steelers. Batch is 1-0 as starter vs. Browns (11/13/05)…Last week, RB RASHARD MENDENHALL (29) surpassed HOFer FRANCO HARRIS (28) for most rushing TDs in 1st 4 seasons of career in franchise history…WR MIKE WALLACE (1,182) needs 18 receiving yards to reach 1,200 for 2nd consecutive season. In past 3 vs. Browns, Wallace is averaging 25.2 yards per catch (10 rec., 252 yards). WR HINES WARD (995) needs 5 catches to become 8th player in NFL history with 1,000 receptions…WR ANTONIO BROWN (1,018) recorded 1,000+ receiving yards for 1st time in career…Defense allows NFL-low in yards per game (273.9) & passing yards per game (172.2)…LB LA MARR WOODLEY has 3.5 sacks in past 3 vs. Cle…S TROY POLAMALU has 6 career INTs vs. Browns, most vs. any opponent…BROWNS: QB COLT MC COY (2,733) needs 267 passing yards to become 1st Browns QB since ’07 to reach 3,000 yards in season (DEREK ANDERSON, 3,787). In 6 starts with Browns (since 2010), QB SENECA WALLACE has completed 100 of 164 passes (61 pct.) for 1,066 yards with 6 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 84.6 passer rating…RB PEYTON HILLIS is averaging 105.5 rush yards per game in past 2 (211 total)…Rookie WR GREG LITTLE (2nd round, No. 59) has 61 catches & needs 6 more to surpass KEVIN JOHNSON (66 in 1999) for Browns’ rookie reception record…TE EVAN MOORE has career-best 4 TD receptions in 2011, tied for team-high (JOSHUA CRIBBS)…Rookie DL JABAAL SHEARD is tied for 3rd among NFL rookies with 7.5 sacks…S MIKE ADAMS had INT in last game against Steelers…LB D’QWELL JACKSON leads team with 145 tackles.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, 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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