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PITTSBURGH (4 - 6) at CLEVELAND (4 - 6)
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Week 12 Sunday, 11/24/2013 1:00 PM
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PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-6-3.94-64-621.69.4343.3(5.6)1.824.514.8340.8(5.5)1.0
Road Games1-4-3.91-42-321.08.4359.0(5.7)1.827.216.2391.2(6.4)1.2
Last 3 Games2-1+1.32-12-130.313.3392.3(5.8)1.330.718.0429.3(6.4)1.7
Grass Games3-4-2.93-43-422.39.3335.4(5.4)1.923.415.4303.4(5.1)1.0
Division Games1-101-10-214.510.0282.0(5.4)1.518.08.0347.0(5)0.0
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)21.69.419.831:0523-77(3.4)25-3864.6%267(6.9)61-343(5.6)(15.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.312.419.631:4527-108(4)22-3660.8%242(6.7)64-350(5.5)(14.4)
Offense Road Games21.08.420.631:3520-67(3.3)27-4264.6%292(6.9)63-359(5.7)(17.1)
Defense (All Games)24.514.819.028:5529-125(4.2)19-3258.2%216(6.6)62-341(5.5)(13.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.21219.230:0128-117(4.2)21-3559.3%228(6.4)63-345(5.4)(14.9)
Defense Road Games27.216.220.428:2530-150(4.9)19-3159.6%241(7.7)62-391(6.4)(14.4)
PITTSBURGH - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.62.114-537.7%1-047.2%2-54(23.1)22-2(9.4)6-53
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-538.1%1-050.0%3-63(19.7)3-23(8.6)6-53
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.61.7 14-537.6%1-046.9%3-60(23.8)21-2(9.8)6-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-540.0%0-00.0%3-73(21.6)3-26(9.9)6-60

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-6-0.85-55-519.211.8318.1(4.9)1.623.812.1306.5(4.7)1.3
Home Games3-2+13-22-321.012.4325.4(5)
Last 3 Games1-2-12-12-120.312.3328.3(5.2)2.027.320.3277.7(4.5)1.3
Grass Games3-4-14-33-419.310.7311.9(5)1.122.310.4316.6(4.8)1.0
Division Games2-2+0.42-21-316.710.0310.0(4.7)1.219.711.0266.0(4.2)1.7
CLEVELAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.211.818.028:5622-84(3.8)23-4255.3%234(5.5)64-318(4.9)(16.6)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Home Games21.012.419.829:3725-85(3.4)23-4058.3%240(6)65-325(5)(15.5)
Defense (All Games)23.812.119.231:0428-99(3.5)22-3859.4%207(5.5)66-306(4.7)(12.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.411.919.530:2027-108(3.9)22-3760.2%238(6.5)64-345(5.4)(14.8)
Defense Home Games20.47.219.230:2325-82(3.3)23-4156.4%223(5.5)65-306(4.7)(15)
CLEVELAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.61.915-535.6%1-151.9%2-59(24.2)23-2(9.4)6-58
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-742.6%1-050.0%2-34(21.3)3-29(9.6)7-57
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.61.5 15-537.8%1-045.1%2-53(23.6)26-2(10.3)6-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 15-642.1%1-150.0%2-33(18.4)3-30(9.3)7-61
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 19.6,  CLEVELAND 22
PITTSBURGH - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/13/2013@ NY JETS19-6W-1.5W40.5U26-7324-31-255020-8319-34-1842
10/27/2013@ OAKLAND18-21L-2.5L40U19-3529-45-241238-19710-19-823
11/3/2013@ NEW ENGLAND31-55L5.5L42.5O20-10828-48-371335-19723-33-4131
11/24/2013@ CLEVELAND            
11/28/2013@ BALTIMORE            
12/22/2013@ GREEN BAY            

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
10/20/2013@ GREEN BAY13-31L8L45U23-8317-42-133129-10425-36-2530
10/27/2013@ KANSAS CITY17-23L7W39O15-5722-36-283129-13624-36-1950
11/17/2013@ CINCINNATI20-41L4.5L40O19-10227-56-228431-10614-28-1182
12/8/2013@ NEW ENGLAND            
12/22/2013@ NY JETS            
PITTSBURGH: The Steelers remained pass-heavy under offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year, running out of a lot of spread looks. They essentially use the pass to set up the run, with the backs running almost exclusively between the tackles. They'll rotate backs again this year, with rookie Le'Veon Bell likely to emerge as a lead back. Jonathan Dwyer is less versatile than Bell and could be on his way out of Pittsburgh. Isaac Redman and LaRod Stephens-Howling figure to split passing-down duties in the early going, though Stephens-Howling could end up taking the role full-time at some point. Haley brought more spread looks to Pittsburgh's offense. They go no-huddle frequently, with Ben Roethlisberger trusted to run the offense. Antonio Brown is now their undisputed No. 1 receiver, with the ability to be used deep or as a catch-and-run guy. Emmanuel Sanders is more of a possession receiver and will likely share No. 2 targets with TE Heath Miller. Jerricho Cotchery should see solid playing time as their slot guy, and while rookie Markus Wheaton will be eased in, he should end up seeing significant snaps as their best deep threat. Only the Saints skewed more pass-heavy in goal-to-go situations than Pittsburgh (64.6% of snaps). Despite a host of injuries in 2012, the Steelers still led the NFL in yardage defense (276 YPG) and passing defense (185 YPG), while finishing sixth in scoring defense (19.6 PPG). Rookie OLB Jarvis Jones makes the team younger and faster, as does CB Cortez Allen, 24, replacing the departed Keenan Lewis. Pittsburgh still has plenty of productive veterans though, like 32-year-old S Troy Polamalu and DE Brett Keisel, 34. Per usual, the team's linebackers are relentless, with OLB LaMarr Woodley and ILB Lawrence Timmons.
CLEVELAND: New head coach Rob Chudzinski was the Browns' play-caller during their brief renaissance in 2007 and '08, and he and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner will bring a run-based offense that sets up the deep passing game. Trent Richardson is by far the best skill position player they have, and will obviously take a huge workload. It's a power running game that will pound it between the tackles. Richardson should be a three-down player, as the Browns have only fringe roster talent for the rest of their depth chart. This year's offense will take many more shots downfield. Brandon Weeden will work off a lot of play-action, and Turner's offenses typically look for the big-hitters up the seam. Josh Gordon should be an excellent fit for this game plan. Turner and Chudzinski both like to use the tight end frequently, and Jordan Cameron is enough of an athlete to be used in a variety of ways. Slot receiver Davone Bess is sort of a Plan B underneath if Cameron struggles. The Browns figure to remain very run-heavy near the goal line, mostly because of Richardson's ability to churn out tough yards. The Browns are desperate for a defensive playmaker, as they forced 0-to-1 turnovers 13 times last year. In comes new defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who has implemented an ultra-aggressive 3-4 defense that blitzes from all angles and relies heavily on speed. Rookie DE/LB Barkevious Mingo and free agents LB Paul Kruger (8.5 sacks) and DE Desmond Bryant (5-year, $34M deal) should help a mediocre defensive line that tallied only 15 sacks at home. ILB D'Qwell Jackson rarely misses a tackle opportunity, and CB Joe Haden and SS T.J. Ward comprise a great tandem in the secondary with Haden shutting down opposing No. 1 wideouts and Ward finishing off plays with bone-jarring hits.
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*Steelers-Browns Preview* =========================


Ben Roethlisberger played his best game of the season last week, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the playoff hunt after a slow start.

Now Roethlisberger will look to build off that performance Sunday when the Steelers travel to face their AFC North rival Cleveland Browns, whom he has dominated throughout his career.

Last Sunday, Roethlisberger threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns without an interception as the Steelers (4-6) defeated the Lions 37-27. The win was the team's fourth in six games after starting 0-4. For his performance, Roethlisberger was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

"We've got to keep this thing going," said Pittsburgh wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who caught the last of Roethlisberger's four touchdowns, a 20-yard strike in the fourth quarter. "Our margin for error is nonexistent right now. We feel good about this team and we're going to keep grinding."

Currently tied with the Browns (4-6) in both the division race and the wild-card standings, the Steelers need their quarterback to deliver again. With that the case, there is no team Roethlisberger would rather face than Cleveland. The Steelers are 15-1 all-time against their longtime rivals when Roethlisberger is under center, with the quarterback completing 62.5 percent of his passes. Roethlisberger hasn't thrown an interception at FirstEnergy Stadium since 2006.

The Browns will try to counter Roethlisberger with one of the NFL's top defenses. Opponents average just 4.45 yards per Cleveland, the lowest in the league, and the cornerback tandem of Joe Haden and Buster Skrine lead a secondary that is among the league's best at taking away deep passes.

For the season, the Browns have allowed just 25 passes of 20 yards or longer, fourth-fewest in the NFL. On the other side, Roethlisberger's strong arm and ability to improvise have helped the Steelers rank third in the league with 46 completions of at least 20 yards.

On Sunday, something has to give.

"We have an extreme amount of potential," said Browns linebacker Paul Kruger. "For us, it's just going to be about preparing and doing what we need to do to beat Pittsburgh. I think the coaches do a great job of keeping us focused on what we're doing."

The matchup against the Steelers will the Browns' third straight within the AFC North. Last Sunday, Cleveland fell to the division-leading Bengals 41-20 one week after it beat the Ravens.

"It was an important opportunity for us, and we didn't play the way we were capable of playing and weren't able to get it done at the end of the day," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of the loss. "I think that it's important that we learn from this, and when we have an opportunity again, which we will in the future, this experience is something that guys will be able to draw from and that'll help us."

Against Pittsburgh, Jason Campbell will be making his fourth consecutive start for the Browns at quarterback, and he should be helped by the friendly confines of the home field. In his two starts on the road this season - both losses - Campbell has thrown as many interceptions (3) as touchdowns, and has a passer rating of 68.3. In his lone home start, the 24-18 win versus Baltimore on Nov. 3, Campbell threw three touchdowns without an interception and finished with a rating of 116.6.

"The key to the quarterback is how guys bounce back when they're having some adversity or don't play as well as they would've liked," Chudzinski said. "Generally, teams are better at home (with) the energy, the crowd. I think the fans have been awesome, and our team feeds off that energy. You have to be able to win in both places, whether it's on the road or at home and we need to do a better job on the road."

Both teams are in the thick of the wild-card chase since nine AFC teams enter play this weekend with either four or five wins, and the New York Jets hold the second and final wild-card spot at 5-5.

"This is a tight race," Steelers cornerback Will Allen said. "It's a three-way tie for second in our division. Hopefully we can get another win, get three in a row. It's a tough task.

"Cleveland is a good team. They always play us hard."

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