The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (6-4) At CLEVELAND (2-8)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
OPENING LINE -- OFF
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Pittsburgh 5-5; Cleveland 5-4-1
SERIES RECORD -- Steelers lead 62-56
AP PRO32 RANKING -- Steelers No. 11; Browns No. 29
LAST MEETING -- Steelers beat Browns 13-9, Jan. 1, 2012
LAST WEEK -- Steelers lost to Ravens 13-10; Browns lost to Cowboys 23-20 OT
STEELERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (17), RUSH (17) PASS (13)
STEELERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (1), RUSH (4), PASS (1)
BROWNS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (19)
BROWNS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (23), RUSH (24), PASS (22)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Longtime, bitter AFC North rivals meet for first time this season. ... Steelers forced to start 37-year-old QB Charlie Batch because of rib injuries to starter Ben Roethlisberger and backup Byron Leftwich. ... Batch 5-2 while filling in for Roethlisberger. ... Steelers re-signed veteran WR Plaxico Burress. Burress, 35, played five seasons (2000-04) with Steelers, who drafted him with No. 8 overall pick in 2000. ... Burress needed to add depth because of injuries to Jerricho Cotchery (ribs) and Antonio Brown (ankle). Brown could return to face Browns. ... Super S Troy Polamalu hasn't played since Oct. 4 because of right calf injury. ... Coach Mike Tomlin 9-1 vs. Cleveland. ... Steelers 11-2 in Cleveland since '99. ... Steelers 1-3 on road this season. ... Browns have lost 16 of 17 to Steelers and 4-23 vs. Pittsburgh since 1999. ... New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam still has minority share in Steelers. ... Browns continue to lose heartbreakers. Sunday's loss in Dallas was fifth this season by seven points or less, and league-leading 18th by less than touchdown since 2010. ... Browns flagged for 12 penalties against Cowboys, who picked up 10 first downs on infractions. ... Browns recorded season-high seven sacks at Dallas. ... Browns expected to get back CB Joe Haden, who missed last game with oblique injury. Browns 0-5 without top cornerback this season. ... Browns K Phil Dawson 19 of 19 on FG attempts and has made 25 in a row since last season. ... Browns have allowed eight sacks in past seven games. ... Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson had 134 total yards last week but seemed to tire in second half.
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