Steelers (9-3) vs. Browns (4-8): Game Time, Broadcast Info, and NFL Week 14 Facts and Figures for Longtime Rivals

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 27: An exterior view of Heinz Field before the start of preseason play between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Falcons on August 27, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

A nice treat this week for Steeler Nation. Instead of having to wait until Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers to return to action, we'll get to see them play the struggling Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. For the Steelers, a win guarantees they at least keep pace with the top three seeds in the AFC -- the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and Houston Texans. A loss would certainly not cripple their chances at qualifying for the playoffs, but it definitely would make it next to impossible to catch the Baltimore Ravens in the division. Here's to hoping that tonight's game resembles last year's Thursday night blowout win over the Carolina Panthers, and not the Thursday night loss to the Browns in 2009.

Here's your game capsule for this week, with game and broadcast information, series history figures, and a sampling of team statistics for both the Steelers and Browns.

SERIES

BROWNS

STEELERS

SERIES LEADER

60-56

STREAKS

19 of past 21

COACHES VS. OPP.

Shurmur: 0-0

Tomlin: 7-1

LAST WEEK

L 24-10 vs. Ravens

W 35-7 vs. Bengals

LAST GAME

1/2/11: Steelers 41 at Browns 9. Pittsburgh WR Mike Wallace catches three passes for 105 yards, including 56-yard TD catch from QB Ben Roethlisberger in Steelers' Week 17 victory.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/17/10: Steelers 28, Browns 10. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger throws TDs to 3 different receivers in win. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall adds rushing TD.

BROADCAST

NFLN (8:00 PM ET): Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan (Field reporter). Westwood One Radio: Ian Eagle, Trent Green, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 92 (Cle.), 93 (Pit.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cle.), 226 (Pit.).

STATS

PASSING

McCoy: 247-428-2,524-14-9-76.9

Roethlisberger: 260-408-3,246 (3C)-19 (T3C)-10-93.6 (3C)

RUSHING

Hillis: 91-321-3.5-2

Mendenhall: 169-634-3.8-8 (T2C)

RECEIVING

Little (R): 50-513-10.3-1

Wallace: 58-977 (2C)-16.8-8 (T2C)

OFFENSE

290.7

367.9

TAKE/GIVE

-1

-6

DEFENSE

324.6

273.8 (1L)

SACKS

Sheard (R): 5.5

Woodley: 9 (T3C)

INTs

Adams: 2

Taylor: 2

PUNTING

Maynard: 41.4

Kapinos: 46.6

KICKING

Dawson: 73 (16/16 PAT; 19/24 FG)

Suisham: 84 (30/30 PAT; 18/24 FG)

NOTES

STEELERS:

  • Club has 29-9 record (.763) at Heinz Field under head coach Mike Tomlin.
  • Seek 8th consecutive win at home vs. Browns.
  • QB Ben Roethlisberger is 12-1 (.923) vs. Cle. & has 19 TDs vs. 9 INTs & 99.2 rating. Has 22-8 (.733) record in Dec.
  • RB Rashard Mendenhall has 3 rush TDs in past 2 vs. Browns. Incl. postseason, Mendenhall has 25 rush TDs in past 30 games.
  • WR Mike Wallace (977) needs 23 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for 2nd consecutive season (1,257 in '10). In past 2 vs. Browns, Wallace has totaled 6 rec. for 195 yards (32.5 avg.) with 2 TD rec.
  • WR Hines Ward (12,021) became 19th player in NFL history to reach 12,000 rec. yards last week.
  • Defense allows NFL-low 273.8 yards per game in '11...Pit. has 5 INTs in past 2 games vs. Cle.
  • LB James Harrison has 8 sacks in 8 games in' 11.
  • CB Ike Taylor has INT in each of past 2 games.
  • S Troy Polamalu has 5 career INTs vs. Browns, most against any team..
  • WR-PR Antonio Brown had 60-yard PR-TD last week, 1st PR-TD of career.

BROWNS:

  • On road in '11, QB Colt McCoy has completed 95 of 167 passes for 964 yards with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 80 passer rating.
  • RB Peyton Hillis has totaled 1,498 rush yards with 15 TDs (13 rush, 2 rec.) in 22 games with Cle. Had career-long 52-yard reception last week.
  • Rookie WR Greg Little (2nd round, No. 59) is tied for NFL rookie lead with 50 catches (A.J. Green).
  • TE Ben Watson had 13 catches for 155 receiving yards with TD in past 2 vs. Steelers.
  • In 2 games vs. Pit, TE Evan Moore averages 19.7 yards per catch (6 rec., 118 yards).
  • Defense allows NFL-low 173.3 pass yards per game.
  • Rookies DL Jabaal Sheard (5.5) & DL Phil Taylor (4) have combined for 9.5 sacks.
  • CB Joe Haden had INT in only meeting at Pit.
  • KR-WR Joshua Cribbs has 3 career KR-TDs vs. Pit., most against any team...

For more on the Browns, check out Dawgs by Nature.

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