NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-11) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-8)
December 25, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-11) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-8)
BROWNS: QB JASON CAMPBELL has at least 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in 3 of 7 starts this season…RB EDWIN BAKER aims for 3rd straight game with rush TD…WR JOSH GORDON has 1,564 receiving yards, most in single-season in Browns history. Gordon (9) needs TD reception to join GARY COLLINS, BRAYLON EDWARDS & HOFer PAUL WARFIELD as only Browns to register 10 TD catches in season. Needs 10 catches to surpass HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME (89 in 3 seasons) for most in season in club history. Averages 127.1 scrimmage yards per game in 2013, 3rd-best in NFL. Had 14 catches for 237 yards (16.9 avg.) with TD in last game vs. Pit…TE JORDAN CAMERON has 7 TD rec., tied for 2nd-most by TE in season in club history (Newsome, 9 in 1979). Gordon (80) & Cameron (75) can become 2nd Browns duo ever to reach 80 catches apiece in season (KELLEN WINSLOW, 82 & BRAYLON EDWARDS, 80 in 2007)…LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO (5) is tied for 1st among AFC rookies in sacks…LB D’QWELL JACKSON has team-best 132 tackles…
STEELERS: Seek 5th postseason appearance in 7 seasons under MIKE TOMLIN…For career, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 16-1 (.941) vs. Cle. (8-0 at home) with 26 TDs vs. 10 INTs & 100 rating. In past 6, has 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 103.4 rating. Needs 247 pass yards to surpass own single-season franchise passing record (4,328 in 2009). Has most career pass yards (33,926) & TD passes (218) in team history…Rookie RB LE’VEON BELL leads all AFC rookies with 1,163 scrimmage yards (770 rush; 393 rec.). Bell needs 73 scrimmage to surpass HOFer FRANCO HARRIS (1,235 in 1972) for most scrimmage yards by Steelers rookie…WR ANTONIO BROWN (101) needs 12 catches to surpass HINES WARD (112 in ’02) for most rec. in season in club history. Brown (1,412) has most receiving yards by Steeler n single-season. Has 3 TD rec. in past 4 vs. Cle…CB CORTEZ ALLEN had 40-yard INT-return TD last week…CB WILLIAM GAY had 21-yard INT-return TD in last game vs. Cle...LB JASON WORILDS has career-best 8 sacks in 2013.