WHAT TO LOOK FOR
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• If Pittsburgh wins, it will be 63-56 against the Browns during the regular season, including 36-24 in Cleveland.
• The Steelers are looking for their fifth consecutive win over Cleveland. If it happens it would be the sixth different time that Pittsburgh has won at least five straight games against the Browns.
• Pittsburgh is hoping to register its 17th win in the last 18 games against the Browns.
• The Steelers are looking to improve to 12-2 at Cleveland since 1999.
• Pittsburgh is hoping to hold its eighth opponent this season (sixth straight) to 20 points or less.
• The Steelers are looking to improve to 23-4 against Cleveland during the regular season since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999. Pittsburgh has registered the most wins in the NFL against Cleveland over that time period (second is Baltimore 21-7).
• Pittsburgh is looking to improve to 403-254-2 during the regular season since 1970.
• If Pittsburgh wins it will mark the Steelers third consecutive road victory (Cincinnati, New York Giants).
• The Steelers defense is looking to keep its ninth opponent to under 100 yards rushing this season.
• If Pittsburgh holds Cleveland to less than 170 net passing yards it will mark the sixth game in a row and the eighth time this season the Steelers did not allow their opponent to register at least 170 net passing yards.
• The Pittsburgh defense is looking to extend its regular-season streak of holding teams under 300 net passing yards to 34 games. The last time the Steelers allowed a team to record at least 300 net passing yards was on 11/14/10 vs. New England (350).
• The Steelers offense is looking to score points on their opening drive of the game for the seventh time this season and also on the opening drive of the second half for the seventh time this season.
• Pittsburgh’s defense will try and hold the opposing quarterback to a passer rating of 76.0 or less for the seventh straight game and the eighth time this season.
• The Steelers defense is looking to register at least one takeaway for the ninth game this season.
• Pittsburgh is looking to record its fourth individual 100-yard rushing performance of the season for the first time since Willie Parker (4) and Mewelde Moore (1) combined for five 100 yard rushing games in 2008.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• If Pittsburgh wins, will improve to 62-29 during the regular season.
• Looking to improve to 10-1 against the Browns, including 5-1 in Cleveland.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
If Roethlisberger registers at least 134 passing yards, he will become the 25th quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 29,000 yards and run for at least 1,000 yards during the regular season.
Looking to record a passer rating of 120.0 for the fourth time this season, which would tie for the second most times he has registered a passer rating of at least 120.0 in the same regular season (four in 2004 / five in 2009).
Is looking to throw for at least 360 yards for the third time this season, which would tie 2011 (3) for the second most times he has thrown for at least 360 yards in one season (2009, 4).
RB Jonathan Dwyer
• Looking to eclipse 100 yards rushing for the third time this season. It would mark the most 100-yard rushing games by a Steelers player during one regular season since Rashard Mendenhall
registered three 100 yard rushing games in 2010.
RB Rashard Mendenhall
• Is one rushing touchdown shy of becoming the fifth player in franchise history with 30 career rushing touchdowns.
TE Heath Miller
• Needs one receiving touchdown to pass Elbie Nickel (37) for the most receiving touchdowns by a Steelers’ tight end.
• Is two receiving touchdowns away from tying Louis Lipps (39) for the fifth most in franchise history.
• Is one receiving touchdown shy of tying his single-season career high of seven, set in 16 games in 2007.
WR Mike Wallace
• If he records at least 100 yards receiving, it will mark the 14th 100-yard game of his career.
• With 3,771 receiving yards, Wallace needs 65 yards to pass Santonio Holmes (3,835 yards, 2006-09) for the 10th-most in franchise history.
WR Emmanuel Sanders
• Looking to record at least one reception in a career-best 17 consecutive games played, including the 2011 regular and postseason.
LB James Harrison
• Needs half a sack to pass Joey Porter (60.0) for second place on the Steelers’ sacks list, dating back to 1982 when sacks became an official statistic.
LB LaMarr Woodley
• Needs 1.5 sacks to tie Greg Lloyd (53.5, 1988-97) for the fifth most sacks by a Steelers’ player since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.
• Looking to tie his single-season career high (2010) with his second interception of the season.
LB Jason Worilds
• Needs one sack to pass his single-season career high of three, set in 12 games last season.
CB Ike Taylor
• Looking to extend his consecutive games played streak to 134 games.
S Troy Polamalu
• Needs one interception to become the ninth Steelers’ player to record 30 career interceptions.
• With one fumble return for a touchdown, will tie Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history.
• Is one defensive touchdown shy of tying Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff and Jack Butler (5) for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history (Rod Woodson, 6).
• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno (3) for the fourth-most in franchise history.