October 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH (11-5) at CLEVELAND (1-15)

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS

OPENING LINE - Steelers by 8

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 72-58

LAST MEETING - Steelers beat Browns 27-24 in overtime, Jan. 1

AP PRO32 RANKING - Steelers No. 4, Browns No. 31

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (7), RUSH (14), PASS (5)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (12), RUSH (13), PASS (16)

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (19), PASS (28)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (21)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - One of NFL's fiercest rivalries has been spiced up by recent events as Browns cut two-time Pro Bowl CB Joe Haden, who signed with Steelers hours later. Also, teams completed trade last week, with Cleveland acquiring speedy WR Sammie Coates from Pittsburgh. ... Steelers are 31-6 vs. Browns since 1999 and won eight of past nine. ... Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell recently ended summer-long holdout and signed franchise tag. ... Multi-talented Bell averaged 157 yards from scrimmage per game in 2016 and became first player in history to average more than 100 yards rushing, 50 receiving in single season. ... Coach Mike Tomlin said Bell's week of practice would determine workload vs. Browns. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is 20-2 in career against Browns. Both losses came in Cleveland. ... Roethlisberger has 49 career 300-yard games in regular season. Only eight QBs have reached 50-game plateau. ... He needs 190 yards to pass Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton (47,003) for ninth place on career list. ... WR Antonio Brown has 632 receptions in first seven seasons. Only Colts' Marvin Harrison (665) had more. ... Haden, who spent seven seasons with Cleveland, said he didn't sign with rival to spite Browns but for chance to finally make playoffs. ... Browns rookie DE Myles Garrett didn't even make it to opener, suffering high ankle sprain in practice Wednesday. Top overall pick is expected to miss several games. ... Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer will be 27th different starter for Browns since '99. Like Roethlisberger, Kizer, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, grew up in NW Ohio and is familiar with heated Steelers-Browns rivalry, calling it ''as blue collar as it gets.'' ... Browns went 4-0 in preseason for first time since 1986 and fourth overall. ... Browns ''Iron Man'' T Joe Thomas enters season having played 9,934 consecutive snaps. He's one of only five players to make 10 straight Pro Bowls. ... Rookie S Jabrill Peppers will also handle punt and kick-return duties. ... New Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams likes attacking style, but needs to be careful being too aggressive against Roethlisberger. ... Fantasy Tip: With no Haden on hand for Cleveland, Steelers' Brown becomes even better play.

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