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01-02-2011, 09:48 AM
Five questions: Steelers at Browns
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
Saturday January 1, 2010 11:46 PM

Q: How many yards did Peyton Hillis rush for as a senior at Arkansas?

A: Hills, the Browns’ burly running back who goes 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, wasn’t the formidable running threat in college that he is now. Then he was a fullback/tight end for an offense that featured running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.

In 2007 for the Razorbacks, McFadden and Jones rushed for 1,830 and 1,160 yards, respectively. They were first-round picks in the ’08 NFL Draft (McFadden by the Raiders, Jones by the Cowboys). Hillis, drafted by the Broncos in the seventh round in ’07, rushed for 348 yards as a senior. He also caught 49 passes for 539 yards.

This year, Hillis came to Cleveland in a trade that sent quarterback Brady Quinn to Denver. On Thursday, Hillis was the unanimous choice as the Browns’ MVP. He’s 10th in the NFL with 1,164 rushing yards. He’s caught 60 passes for 474 yards and is tied for third with 13 TDs.

Q: How do the 2010 Steelers compare with other great NFL rushing defenses of the past?

A: The Steelers are allowing only 64.1 rushing yards per game. Only two teams have fared better in the 44-year Super Bowl era: the 2000 Baltimore Ravens at 60.6 and the 2006 Minnesota Vikings at 61.6.

The Steelers are on pace to set a team record for rushing defense. The previous best was 74.7 yards per game in 2001.

Q: Have the Steelers ever lost the divisional lead on the last day of the regular season?

A: Yes, once in the first 44 years of the Super Bowl era. That was in 1990 when they lost at Houston, 34-14. The Steelers entered Week 17 with a one-game lead over the Oilers and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Central Division. All they needed to do to make the playoffs was to beat the Oilers in the Astrodome.

But they were blown out in a game in which Houston QB Cody Carlson, starting in place of an injured Warren Moon, threw for 247 yards and three TDs. That loss left the Bengals, Oilers and Steelers with 9-7 records. Based on tiebreakers, the Bengals won the division, the Oilers earned a wild-card bid and the Steelers missed the playoffs.
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“It’s really sad,” Steelers cornerback Rod Woodson said at the time,” because you never know when you’ll make the playoffs again. Every year when you get a chance to make the playoffs, you have to take advantage of it.”

The Steelers also missed out on playing in the 1936 NFL Championship Game by losing their last three games of the season. They lost their regular-season finale on the road to the Boston Redskins, 30-0. The Redskins won the Eastern Division title with a 7-5 record and the Steelers finished second at 6-6.

Q: When was the last time Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception?

A: The Steelers’ star QB has gone three straight games without getting picked off. The last interception he served up was in the second quarter of the Dec. 5 game in Baltimore. He’s thrown 136 consecutive passes without an interception.

That’s the longest streak since Kordell Stewart threw 159 times without a pick in 2001.

The Steelers believe that Bubby Brister holds the team record for consecutive passes without an interception at 179 in 1989.

Q: What’s today’s weather forecast in Cleveland?

A: Last year when the Browns upset the Steelers on a Dec. 10 Thursday night game, conditions were almost unbearable. The temperature at kickoff was 15 degrees. The winds were howling off Lake Erie at 25-to-45 miles per hour. The wind chill factor was minus-6.

Today, though, the conditions won’t be as bad. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a temperature of 26 at kickoff. Winds will only gust up to 14 mph. And there's only a 10 percent chance of snow.

01-02-2011, 05:28 PM
[B]The Steelers believe that Bubby Brister holds the team record for consecutive passes without an interception at 179 in 1989.

Huh? Either he did or he didn't. What a stupid statement.

01-02-2011, 05:44 PM
Very stupid especially since the press should be able to look that up...