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SteelCityMom 10-16-2010 12:45 PM

Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
Steelers host Browns at Heinz Field

Posted Oct 14, 2010
Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) vs. Cleveland Browns (1-4)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010
Kickoff: 1 p.m., ET
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) Solomon Wilcots (color analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City) XEDA-FM 90.5

Steelers-Browns complete game notes
A Look at the Coaches

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 34-18 (.654)/fourth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 34-18 (.654)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-1/two years

Cleveland Browns Head Coach Eric Mangini
Overall regular-season record: 29-40 (.420)/fifth season
Regular-season record at Cleveland: 6-15 (.286)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: n/a

Series Notes

Series History: Series began in 1950
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 58-56
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 36-21
At Cleveland: Cleveland leads 35-22
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 10, 2009 (in Cleveland)
Cleveland 13, Pittsburgh 6
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 2-0
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh leads the all-time regular-season series 58-56...the Steelers had won 12 straight games in the series prior to the Week 14 setback last year in Cleveland...the Steelers have not
lost to the Browns at home since a 33-13 defeat in 2003...QB Ben Roethlisberger is 10-1 against the Browns in hiscareer...Cleveland has not won the season series against theSteelers since defeating Pittsburgh 23-9 at Three Rivers Stadiumand 27-7 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in 1988...Pittsburghowns a 51-25 record against the Browns since the 1970 NFLmerger, including a 32-6 mark in Pittsburgh.

Steelers-Browns Connections
Steelers-Browns Connections
: Several Steelers have ties to the Browns and the Cleveland area. Steelers with direct ties to the Browns and Cleveland/Ohio include assistant head coach/defensive line coach John Mitchell, who began his NFL coaching career as the Browns’ defensive line coach from 1991-93. Linebackers coach Keith Butler coached the Browns linebackers from 1999-02. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was the Browns’ offensive coordinator from 2001-03. Steelers DE Nick Eason played with the Browns from 2004-06. Steelers players from Ohio include QB Ben Roethlisberger (Cory Rawson, played at Miami, Ohio), LB James Harrison (Akron, played at Kent State) and S Will Allen (Dayton, played at Ohio State). CB Anthony Madison spent a part of this season on the Browns’ active roster. LB Thaddeus Gibson also played at Ohio State.

Browns with Steelers/Western Pennsylvania connections include running backs coach Gary Brown, who played at Penn State (1987-90).

What To Look For


• The Steelers look to improve to 59-56 all-time against the Browns in the regular season.
• Pittsburgh looks for its seventh straight win at home against the Cleveland Browns.
• The Steelers look to improve to 53-24 (including playoffs) against the Browns since the NFL merger in 1970.
• The Steelers look to improve to 9-1 at Heinz Field in the regular season against the Browns.
• Pittsburgh looks to improve to 21-6 in the regular season at Heinz Field during the Mike Tomlin era.

WR Hines Ward
• Needs one touchdown to move into sole possession of second place ahead of RB Jerome Bettis on the team’s all-time touchdowns list. Ward (79 receiving, one rushing) and Bettis each have 80 career touchdowns with the Steelers.
• Needs one reception to tie Art Monk (183) for fourth on the NFL’s all-time list for consecutive games with at least one catch. Ward has currently caught at least one pass in a team-record 182 consecutive games.

TE Heath Miller
• Needs 59 receiving yards to move into second place on the team’s all-time list for tight ends. He currently has 2,821 career receiving yards, trailing only Bennie Cunningham (2,879) and Elbie Nickel (5,133).

DE Aaron Smith
• Needs 2.5 sacks to move into seventh place on the team’s all-time sack list ahead of Dwight White (46.0). Smith currently has 44.0 career sacks.

K Jeff Reed
• Needs three field goals to become just the second kicker in team history to have at least 200 career field goals. Reed currently has 197 career field goals and trails only Gary Anderson (309).
• Needs four PATs to reach 300 for his career, becoming just the second kicker in team history to have at least 300 PATs. Reed currently has 296 career PATs and trails only Gary Anderson (416).
• Needs 13 points to reach 900 career points, which is second on the team’s all-time list behind only Gary Anderson (1,343).

SteelCityMom 10-16-2010 12:47 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
Roethlisberger returns to Steelers in matchup against rival Browns
By Associated Press

After four weeks of uncertainty filling out their depth chart at quarterback, the Pittsburgh Steelers have no qualms about discussing who they'll have under center this week.

The Cleveland Browns wish they could say the same.

Ben Roethlisberger returns from his four-game suspension Sunday at Heinz Field, rejoining a Steelers team held together in his absence by its defense -- which could get plenty of chances to make plays as the Browns may be forced to give rookie Colt McCoy his first start.

Pittsburgh (3-1) got used to Roethlisberger's off-the-field activities dominating offseason headlines after his 2006 motorcycle accident and a 2009 civil suit that alleged he sexually assaulted a Las Vegas casino employee.

Less than 10 months after that allegation, a college student in Milledgeville, Ga., accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her at a nightclub in March. Though charges were never filed, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell slapped the two-time Super Bowl winner with a four-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Roethlisberger officially rejoined the team Oct. 4, the day after the team's bye week began.

"What had to be said was said a long time ago," receiver Mike Wallace said. "He was sorry when it first happened, so we didn't need to go over it again or have him apologize. He doesn't have to do that. We know that he's sorry, and we know he's ready to play football."

The Steelers certainly showed up ready to play during Roethlisberger's suspension, overcoming a passing game that's last in the league at 136.0 yards per game behind Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch. Pittsburgh, though, leads the league in scoring defense at 12.5 points per game even after a 17-14 loss to Baltimore on Oct. 3.

The Steelers are also forcing three turnovers a game, a far cry from a defense that totaled three takeaways during a five-game losing streak last season.

The final contest in that skid came against the Browns (1-4). Roethlisberger had won all 10 meetings versus the Steelers' AFC North rivals, but a 13-6 loss in Cleveland on Dec. 10 all but erased any chance Pittsburgh would have of defending its Super Bowl title.

"They really got after us. We never want to make excuses, but we really just didn't play good football," Roethlisberger said. "... Point blank, we just couldn't do anything on offense."

The Steelers defense is expecting Cleveland to be uttering similar frustrations Sunday. With Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace nursing high ankle sprains suffered against Atlanta on Sunday, the Browns left the 20-10 loss with McCoy as their only healthy quarterback.

Cleveland signed veteran Brett Ratliff, who has spent time in coach Eric Mangini's system before, but all indications are that McCoy will start with Delhomme and Wallace unlikely to practice this week.

"Everybody's got to get their feet wet at some point. ... It's only the Steelers, right? Coming off a bye week? They don't blitz much," Mangini joked.

The last game McCoy started was Texas' 2010 BCS championship game loss to Alabama, when he left in the first quarter with a shoulder injury.

He's plenty familiar with the Steelers' schemes, though.

"I've watched them play for a long time," McCoy said. "They've won Super Bowls. They've got tremendous players -- (James) Harrison, Polamalu, (LaMarr) Woodley. They're all good. Casey Hampton went to UT so I know him. I have all the respect in the world for those guys. We know what challenge we have ahead of us."

For their part, the Steelers don't want to take McCoy lightly.

"He's got a tremendous opportunity to start off with a great story," Polamalu said. "We have all been in this situation where we've been underdogs or been favored and it doesn't turn out the way everyone thinks it will. With all the lessons we learned in the past, we could have our hands full."

The Browns' upset of Pittsburgh in December included a heavy dose of a Wildcat offense with Joshua Cribbs under center, a strategy Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't be surprised to see used again.

"That's usually the nature of the league and that's what makes it so awesome," Tomlin said. "When you show areas of deficiency, usually you are going to continue to see those challenges until you fix it. We didn't fix it in that football game."

Gaining any yards on the ground against Pittsburgh won't be easy. The Steelers boast the NFL's No. 1 rush defense (62.3 ypg), and they've held Michael Turner, Chris Johnson and Ray Rice to a combined 2.2 yards per carry.

Peyton Hillis doesn't have a career resume that measures up to those players, but he ran for 246 yards in games against Baltimore and Cincinnati in Week 3 and 4. Hillis, however, managed 28 yards versus the Falcons after injuring a quad in practice leading up to the game.

Cleveland doesn't have much experience behind him, either. The Browns dealt backup Jerome Harrison to Philadelphia for fellow running back Mike Bell on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh has won its last six home games in the series by an average of 15.2 points.

SteelCityMom 10-17-2010 11:31 AM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
T- 1 hour and 29 minutes!!!

I'm ready to go! :tt02: :tt02: :tt02:

tony hipchest 10-17-2010 11:59 AM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
get those terrible towels out. :tt02: getting our qb back is like grown up x-mas.

i think ben comes back in rare form... something like 11/13 187 yds and 2 td's in the 1st half. we may not even see him much in the 2nd half unless tomlin lets him chase records.

theplatypus 10-17-2010 01:00 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
Here we gooooooooooooooooo


theplatypus 10-17-2010 01:05 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
crappy spot

SteelCityMom 10-17-2010 01:06 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
dang...that's a close call with the 1st yard spot there

theplatypus 10-17-2010 01:08 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10

SteelCityMom 10-17-2010 01:08 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10
Ugggghhh...come on's Colt McCoy

theplatypus 10-17-2010 01:08 PM

Re: Cleveland @ Pitt Gameday Thread 10/17/10

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