PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS
September 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CLEVELAND: In 3 starts with Cle. in 2013, QB BRIAN HOYER passed for 615 yards & 5 TDs with 82.6 rating. Hoyer is only Browns QB to win each of his 1st 3 starts with team. Became 1st player since HOFer OTTO GRAHAM (1950) to throw 3+ TDs in 1st NFL game with Browns…For career, RB BEN TATE has 421 att. for 1,992 yards (4.7 avg.) & 10 TDs. In last 3 starts (w/ Hou.), rushed for 227 yards (75.7/game) & 3 TDs…In 8 seasons with Dal., WR MILES AUSTIN had 301 catches for 4,481 yards & 34 TDs. In 1st career start (10/11/09 vs. KC), set single-game Cowboys record with 250 rec. yards…TE JORDAN CAMERON ranked 2nd among AFC TEs with 7 TD catches in 2013, trailing only HOFer OZZIE NEWSOME (9 in 1979) for most by Browns TE in single season...Since joining NFL in 2007, T JOE THOMAS has started every game (112 in row), 2nd-longest streak among active tackles (D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON)…LB KARLOS DANSBY makes Browns debut. In SB XLIII vs. Pit. (w/ Arz.), had INT & 8 tackles. LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO ranked 3rd among NFL rookies with 5 sacks in 2013. In past 3 vs. Pit., Pro Bowl CB JOE HADEN has INT & FF…
PITTSBURGH: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 95-47 (.669) reg.-sea. record as a starter, 3rd-best win pct. among active NFL QBs (min. 10 starts). Has 17-1 record (.944) vs. Cle. (9-0 at home) with 27 TDs vs. 12 INTs & 97.5 rating. Has most career pass yards (34,105) & TD passes (219) in team history…In 2013, RB LE’VEON BELL (1,259 scrim. yards) surpassed HOFer FRANCO HARRIS (1,235 in 1972) for Steelers’ single-season rookie record. Rushed for 90 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 4 of past 5…WR ANTONIO BROWN set single-season club record for rec. yards in 2013 (1,499) & had 110 catches, 2nd-most in team history (HINES WARD, 112 in 2002). In past 5 vs. Browns, has 28 catches for 442 yards (88.4/game) & 3 TDs. WR LANCE MOORE make Steelers debut. Has 4 TD catches in past 5 vs. AFC (w/ NO). TE HEATH MILLER has 5 career TD catches vs. Browns (2nd-most vs. any opponent)…LB JASON WORILDS led team with career-best 8 sacks in 2013. In past 4 vs. Cle., LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS has 3 sacks, INT-TD, FF & FR. In 11/24/13 meeting, CB WILLIAM GAY had 21-yard INT-TD, FF & FR. S TROY POLAMALU has 4 INTs in past 6 vs. Cle.